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It’s no lie that when indulging yourself in a couple rolls at a sushi restaurant can rack up on the bill, but in Arizona many restaurants offer Happy hour!

Happy hour is a period of time during the day that restaurants offer half priced appetizers, drinks, and sushi. Pay attention to the menu or advertisement because some places only offer happy hour in the bar area or are only Monday through Friday.

Listen below are some of the best happy hour deals in the Valley.

Stingray Sushi
Biltmore Fashion Square &
Old Town Scottsdale
Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.


Stingray Sushi

Ra Sushi
Mill Ave, Tempe &
Old Town Scottsdale
Happy Hour Monday through Saturday
3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Happy Hour Prices

Sushi Roku
7277 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3319
(480) 970-2121
Daily Happy Hour from 5-6:30 p.m.

Kona Grill
Chandler Fashion Square,
5310 E High St
Phoenix, AZ 85054 &
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Happy Hour Monday to Friday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Monday to Thursday 9 p.m.-11 p.m. &
Friday to Saturday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

In Massachusetts, anything similar to happy hour is illegal so I was estatic when I learned I could enjoy sushi on a college budget. But whether on a college budget or not, everyone likes to save a penny or two especially when you can enjoy a nice half priced drink as well!

Speaking about saving money and eating sushi, a new invention called Sushi Poppers recently came out on the market. Sushi Poppers are portable tubes of pre-rolled and sliced sushi that you push from the bottom to eat. It is similar to a pushpop with veggies and fish instead!

People are excited about them because they are a nutritious and fast snack for on the go. They come in several flavors and can be ordered online. They have been featured on Fox News, Today, Unwrapped, and food Network.

Sushi Poppers can be stored in your freezer for up to a month and are eaten at room temperature. They are gluten free and offer option for those who do not want raw fish in their roll.


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A lot of people turn their heads and make a sour face when they hear “sushi” but through this blog I want to show readers that new explorations, while intimidating, are worth while!

First off, my love for sushi began a couple of years ago. To be honest, I was petrified of the weird and different textured thing that my mother and younger sister ate constantly, but when i was forced against my will to try, I fell in love.

This blog will cover health facts and sushi, restaurant reviews, facts, personal experiences, and tutorials. I hope to change minds, enlighten, and learn more about sushi.

Now to the fun stuff!

On Tuesday night to celebrate and kick off the blog I dined at Sushi Roku in Scottsdale, AZ. It was phenomenal to say the least.The staff worked in unison, there was a perfect amount of time in between each course and our waiter, Ron, was more than pleasant taking the time to give us his recommendations and explain different items on the menu. They also prepared special request maki roll that I normally order back home!

Chef at Sushi Roku entertains guests by joking around with peace signs as he creates an edible masterpiece

I learned at Sushi Roku that there are three ways to order sushi other than the most commmonly know: Nigiri, Sashimi and Maki. The three other ways are Chirashi, Inari, and Temaki

I was also pleased to hear that Sushi Roku receives shipments daily with their sushi grade fish. They get their shipments from Los Angeles, CA and customers who have visited both restaurants in California and Arizona say that the fish in Scottsdale tastes fresher than in California!

Ron mentioned that their inventory is based upon demand and also seasonal items such as oysters. Sushi Roku also offers meals on the menu that are not sushi related, which is enjoyable for guests who have sushi lovers and those who are weary to try.

The atmosphere was upbeat yet relaxing as modern, hip, soft techno music played. It was definitely a pleasant experience and surprise especially from a chain restaurant. It’s nice to know that each restaurant keeps up to par with the standards the first chain started.

Sushi Roku is on the pricey side. I’d give it about $$$ out of $$$$$. If you’re looking for a new place to try or something different Sushi Roku is more than worth it.

A more detailed review with pictures of Sushi Roku is located under Restaurant Reviews.

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