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Umezono – Atlanta

I was in Atlanta for business the other week, and really wanting udon. I was feeling a bit run down from so much travelling in such a short amount of time, so I love to stuff noodle soup in my belly to make myself feel better. I just happened to be near a couple of japanese spots, but I headed out to the one with the best reviews – Umezono. It’s in a really random stripmall, which even has a strip club in it! Unfortunate, but true! There’s also a little japanese grocery store next door. 
Well wouldn’t you know it, this place was an authentic japanese-run joint in the middle of nowhere Atlanta. I’d have never guessed. I just lucked out that my Doubletree was around the corner from it! Actual japanese chefs, servers wearing kimonos, hot towels. It was the real deal!  You get a little tiny bowl of complimentary edamame. I got a little salad too, as my body was craving some items from nature. It happens sometimes, where I really want vegetables.
Everyone knows that I’m crazy about agedashi tofu. Very respectable, but still doesn’t come close to Sagami. 
I went pretty traditional and had a kitsune udon. Who can resist sweet fried tofu? Not this girl! The broth was just right and the noodles were cooked firm, but not overdone. Really, I got super lucky with this place. I could have ended up just about anywhere, but thank goodness for the random work customer site powers that be. If I hadn’t felt so blah I would have definitely tried some sushi. Next time!
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Fuji Mountain

Every time we passed Fuji Mountain M kept saying we needed to go there. It took us long enough, but we finally went for some sushi and japanese eats. Requisite garden salad with ginger dressing and miso soup.
Here is the tuna tataki, probably the dish that M wanted to get here. He’s nearly batsh!t crazy about seared tuna. Slices of seared tuna with ponzu sauce. I had to agree with him on this one, it was great!
Ceviche at a japanese restaurant? I wasn’t convinced, but M really wanted to try the mixed ceviche, Fuji Mountain’s japanese take on a raw seafood favorite. Also good!
Quite a respectful sushi regular from Fuji Mountain.
Would it surprise anyone that I got the tempura udon? Nope, this girl knows what she likes, and she sticks with her tried and true favorites. Also quite respectful here! There are a bazillion sushi and japanese joints in philly. It’s almost like you can’t walk a block without running into one. But I like the unexpected dishes here. And the expected ones are also good too! Service here is good. There’s also a private karaoke room upstairs!
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Sagami Reopens

Sagami closed for a short time this summer, to go on vacation and to raise their prices. It’s ok though, because they probably needed to do that, their prices were probably too low. Even with the newer slightly higher prices, eating at Sagami still beats most other sushi spots, in quality and price. They still have amazing sushi and other japanese foods that are beyond worth the drive over to New Jersey. They still make the best agadashi tofu. Ever. EVER. I could eat this every day. I often wish I could. My uncle also got the sunomono, and the one at Sagami is particularly fancy, but the picture is not working. For the love of food, it just won’t upload! 
My mom and her sushi regular. She’s so regular with her sushi regulars. Everything is so beyond fresh! And we know this for sure, because we went the first night it reopened.
We’d been planning this family outing for weeks, and until we went, my aunt and uncle kept going on and on about the chirashi. Chirashi this, chirashi that. I had no idea wht chirashi even was. Well, they finally go their chirashi, and it’s so much food, neither of them could finish their’s.  It’s a giant pile of thick slices of sashimi, heaped on top of a giant pile of sushi rice. Whoa nelly. 
I got the kitsune udon because I’m the weirdo that didn’t order sushi. And I’m fine with that. Give me the agadashi tofu and udon and I’m a happy camper. I don’t make the trip over to Collingswood, nearly enough. But I really should, I really really should. It’s that good. They still have low ceilings, you can still get lost trying to find it, and it’s still a byob. All things that make Sagami special.

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