Fancier spots in town may get more attention, but behind Shiroi Hana's simple facade lies a plethora of delicious, high-quality sushi at rock-bottom pricing: a bellyful for a mere $15. Sushi lovers know it, too, which is why the place is packed most of the time, particularly for "happy hour," usually noon to 1 p.m., when maki and nigiri are offered at a big discount.
Meals start out with a warm washcloth, presented by the seemingly ageless, smiling waitresses and include green tea and miso soup. You can order individually or from the "bento box" selections, which generally include teriyaki (the salmon is especially tasty), noodles and a few pieces of sushi for a pretty decent price. Sake and Japanese beer round out the drink menu.
Maki tends to be slightly better than the nigiri and sashimi; the fresh fish is a real bargain and sometimes it can taste like it. Veggie options are a bit limited and most are deep-fried, although the sweet potato rolls are worth the caloric investment.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Stephanie Kuenn