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  1. Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille

    Oldsmar : 3689 Tampa Road, #302B, Oldsmar, 34677

    On a Friday night, head along Tampa Road and keep your windows down — you'll hear it before you see it. Rumba, Salt Rock Tavern and Hot Tuna are a happening restaurant row. In short, it's a greatest-hits approach to Japanese cooked dishes and sushi, served in a lively, hip environment. You …

  2. Koizi Endless Hibachi and Sushi

    New Tampa : 17012 Palm Pointe Drive, Tampa, 33647

    A new kind of all-you-can-eat concept has rolled into Tampa Bay. No sneeze guards, no customers popping up and down to the buffet, and no food languishing into dangerous decrepitude. The idea is endless sushi, hibachi and traditional Chinese dishes, ordered serially or in an ambitious flurry. Yo …

  3. Bunga Raya Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    Palm Harbor : 4952 Ridgemoor Blvd., Palm Harbor, 34685

    Read a review here.

  4. Sushi Inc

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 270 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 -10 p.m. daily.Read a review here.

  5. The Lemon Grass

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Read a review here.

  6. Koi Sushi and Steakhouse

    St. Petersburg : 7900 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 4-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  7. Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet

    St. Petersburg : 391 34th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33713

    Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

  8. Matoi Sushi

    Tampa : 602 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33609

    Matoi was serving tekka maki to intrepid Tampa diners before most of us knew wasabi from our wazoo. A stalwart for more than two decades, luck ran out one night just before the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa. Stocked to capacity with raw fish and other ephemeral sushi ingredients for hungry sports fan …

  9. 9 Bangkok Restaurant

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 571 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And lunchtime always features a special.

  10. Yoko's Japanese Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 3217 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33629

    One of the reliable suppliers is this quiet but busy spot in the MacDill gourmet cluster. Students, professors, military brass and locals fill the small bar, snare tables or sit shoeless at tatami for tempura, bento boxes and clever sushi.

  11. Sushi Tsu

    New Tampa : 15317 Amberly Drive, Tampa, 33647

  12. Amura Dr. Phillips

    Orlando : 7786 W Sandlake Road, Orlando, 32819

  13. Amura Downtown

    Orlando : 54 W Church St., Orlando, 32801

  14. Tokyo Bay Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 5901 Sun Blvd. # 121, St. Petersburg, 33715

    The place is small, yet the menu is big and creative with sushi, sashimi, tempura and a long list of vegetarian choices. That's thanks to a well-traveled host and sushi chef.

  15. The Point

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 777 N Ashley Dr # 77, Tampa, 33602

    The restaurant is stylish and trendy, a long bar running along the back and clubby outdoor seating right on Ashley Drive. It's clearly going to be a nightspot of note, especially once Tampa spends a little time getting chummy with the signature cocktail list (a super-tangy Bombay gin martini wit …

  16. Kiku Japanese Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater Beach : 483 Mandalay Ave. # 214, Clearwater, 33767

    There is no better place to say "Omakase" than to the blade master here, Daniel Chong. Might as well surrender; you need his guidance to enjoy the rare fish, subtle sake and seasoning savvy. A sublime journey.

  17. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

    Tampa : 19601 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, 33647

    Teppanyaki style, plus 'no sauce' or low carb options available.

  18. Aki Sushi

    Oldsmar : 3970 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 34677

    Sushi and sashimi, kids' choices. Wine, beer, sake.Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., closed Sun.

  19. Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

    Sarasota : 1572 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

  20. Ichiban Japanese Restaurant

    St. Petersburg : 2050 16th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Sushi here is fresh and attractive, generous and imaginative. Dinners go a step beyond the required teriyaki and tempura to include udon and soba noodles (with tempura or sauteed meats and seafood).

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