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Whether enjoyed raw or tempura style, sushi has easily become one of the most preferred international cuisines around the world. With a seemingly infinite number of variations to enjoy, there’s truly a roll for everyone. Here are 10 of our favorite sushi rolls in the Coastal Bend.
Shaggy Dog – Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill
If you desire a roll with a bit of crunch, Island Time Sushi’s Shaggy Dog is an incredible choice, with all the ingredients of a classic roll and some crispy additions. Made with tempura shrimp, cali mix, cucumber, avocado, and topped with crab stick, spicy mayo, and crunchies, this roll has all the flavor and crisp texture you could ask for. 14225 S. Padre Island Dr.
Bahama Mama – Aka Sushi Downtown
Packed with heat, Aka’s Bahama Mama roll is made with shrimp tempura, serrano peppers, and cream cheese, topped with mango, avocado, and a spicy habanero eel sauce. Fiery and full of zest, this option isn’t for the faint of heart, but delectable nonetheless. 415 N. Water St.
Rainbow Roll – Rock N’ Rolls Sushi Lounge
A timeless classic, Rock N’ Roll’s Rainbow Roll is served with California roll fixings, red tuna, fresh salmon, yellowtail, and avocado. Full of color, this roll is also packed with protein and flavor and is sure to satisfy those classic cravings. 15121 S. Padre Island Dr. #101
Aloha Roll – Water Street Sushi Room
If you’re looking for a taste of Hawai’i in the area, Water Street Sushi Room’s Aloha Roll is an ideal choice. Made with tuna, cream cheese, delicious fried pineapple tempura, and a side of sweet chili sauce, this roll has the island flavors you might be looking for. 309 N. Water St., Suite B
New England Roll – Dokyo Dauntaun
With all the flavors of the east coast, Dokyo’s New England Roll is sure to meet your sushi cravings. This option comes with avocado, crunch, blue lobster tempura, eel sauce, pineapple passion fruit sauce, a strawberry pear glaze, honey-lime wasabi, scallions, and masago. 424 N. Chaparral St.
Sea World Dynamite – Kyoto Sushi
Looking for a roll loaded with a variety of flavors? Kyoto’s Sea World Dynamite Roll is a perfect choice, coming packed with protein. Made with baked scallop, crab, salmon, Japanese mayo, and all the classic fillings of a California roll, this is a delicious choice. 5506 Saratoga Blvd.
Koi’s Kamikaze – Koi Sushi & Hibachi
With a bit of spice, Koi’s Kamikaze comes with spicy tuna, crab, salmon, avocado, cucumber, salmon roe, and topped with spicy mayo. This option combines the traditional flavors of a California roll with a spicy protein selection, making it a delicious option if you’re looking for something new. 5301 Everhart Rd.
Joy Luck – The Phoenix Restaurant & Bar
If you’re looking for a classic roll with a bit of a spicy twist, The Phoenix’s Joy Luck roll is the perfect pick. Made with fresh tuna and avocado, this roll is topped with sesame marinated spicy tuna, masago, green onion, and mayo. 3500-A Island Moorings Pkwy.
California Roll – Origami Japanese Cuisine & Sushi
If you’re looking for a truly traditional roll, Origami’s California Roll is the perfect option. Fresh and original, the roll comes with avocado, cucumber, crab, and fish roe. A timeless classic, this roll is an incredible choice for all sushi lovers. 1220 Airline Rd. #150
The Veg-Out – Oyshi Sushi Southside
For any non-meat eaters, Oyshi Sushi has an incredible vegan roll, packed with a delicious crunch. The Veg-Out roll comes with asparagus, avocado, cucumber, carrot, and a sweet ponzu sauce that’s sure to hit the spot. 6181 Saratoga Blvd. #109