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Johnny's Sushi

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By Michelle Gienow | Posted 3/16/2005

On a blustery, snowy night about the last thing youíd want is some nice, chilled sushi, right? Well, donít rule out Johnnyís Sushi just because of the name. Thereís more than cold fish on the menu, though Johnnyís fish is fine: Try the house special, the Pretty in Red Maki ($12.95), a fat cylinder of jumbo lump crab, avocado, and crunchy tempura flakes surrounded by tuna filets and wasabi sauce.

The spicy seafood noodle soup ($9.95) is a primo chill-chaser. The vast vat of udon noodles and shrimp, squid, and mussels swimming in a knockout chile broth will cure whatever ails. As for straight-out excellent comfort food, the mild but oh-so-good Japanese fried rice ($9.95) is solace on a plate, a mound of lightly fried rice, eggs, and veggies populated with an impressive number of shrimp. The only thing we could see that makes the Japanese version differ from the usual fried-rice experience is the crispness of the vegetables and a refreshing absence of greasiness. Johnnyís Sushi further differentiates itself from the local sushi pack with a stellar special octopus salad ($5.95), amazingly tender marinated cephalopod atop a bed of vinegary cucumber salad. OK, so itís not hot or even warm, temperature- or spice-wise, but itís so good we just donít care.

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