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Best Japanese Restaurant

Matsuri

1105 S. Charles St., (410) 752-8561, www.matsuri.us

Posted 9/19/2007

When you walk in the corner door of this Federal Hill restaurant, you know it is the real deal. Sushi chefs sing out greetings or orders. Waiters scurry by with platters of colorful raw things. There is tight seating downstairs, more spacious seats upstairs, and the most entertaining tables outside with a view of passers-by on Charles and Cross streets. Matsuri serves up more than just your garden-variety sushi, too: In addition to chirashi, sushi, and sashimi, the menu features tons of delicious noodle dishes (try the beef yaki udon), five kinds of tempura, seafood, rib-eye steak, and bento boxes. Don't forget the red bean ice cream for dessert.

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Other Awards for Best Japanese Restaurant:

Matsuri, 9/20/2006

Matsuri, 9/22/2004

Kawasaki, 9/17/2003

Matsuri, 9/18/2002

Sushi Hana, 9/19/2001

Edo Sushi, 9/13/2000

Matsuri, 9/15/1999

Sushi Ya, 9/17/1997

Matsuri, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Matsuri:

Best Japanese Restaurant, 9/20/2006

Best Sushi, 9/20/2006

Best Japanese Restaurant, 9/22/2004

Best Japanese Restaurant, 9/18/2002

Best Japanese Restaurant, 9/15/1999

Best Japanese Restaurant, 9/18/1996

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