National Sushi Day (which rolls in this Saturday, June 18) is essentially just another arbitrary day, but this also gives you an excuse, nay, purpose to stuff yourself silly with sushi of all sorts. I'll celebrate with vinegary rice, pliable nori and fresh fish from these local favorites.
Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471
Open 5:30-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday
After driving past Niki's for several years, I finally stepped foot inside this tiny sushi place and quickly understood why it has such a rabid following. No, you're not going to find posh seating or ultra sleek tables. Far from it. But you will find Japanese-style where you're given the choice of sitting cross-legged on the floor or in private rooms where the your still level with the floor. Western-style seating is still available, because if you're like me you hate taking off your shoes and your legs fall asleep in 5 minutes flat. But if you're really about that traditional sushi life, sit at the bar, where you can watch your chirashi bowl being meticulously crafted. If you'd rather stick with traditional nigiri, Niki's take is sizable, but get it split in half for an additional charge. Trust me, it's worth the wait.