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Kuroshio Sushi

Visit #1:
I was so glad when another
sushi
restaurant opened in Kennesaw. No longer a slave a Rusan’s (not that there’s anything wrong with it), I eagerly anticipated my first visit to Kuroshio. Upon entering you can see that a lot of money went into the place, definitely more upscale looking than Rusan’s.

We decided to stick with sushi although they have many, many options in their diverse menu (Japanese, Teriyaki, Fried Rice and Noodle entrees, etc). We opted to stay with
sushi
. One of our choices was La Rhumba (spicy tuna, crunches, top white tuna, avocado, spicy sauce). Sounded amazing to me. The other pick which I don’t remember the name of, had eel in it.

Our food arrived and although the presentation was lovely, as
sushi
usually is, the taste was disappointing. It didn’t have that fresh taste I’m used to with sushi. And the texture of the fish was strange too. It was as if it had been squeezed through a cake frosting tool. . So, although the service was good and the place has a pretty interior the food left something to be desired.

Visit #2:
Fast forward eight months – gas is $4 a gallon and as much as I love going ITP, my wallet doesn’t always agree. And after reading all the great reviews about the place, I had to give it another chance. So, on a rainy Wednesday, me and my coworker Brandon, headed out to try them again.

We both decided that we wanted entrees but Brandon wanted some
sushi
so he ordered some of their dollar sushi (3 pieces for a buck). For entrees, we both had the Spicy Lemongrass Beef. They should call it Unspicy Lemongrass Onions with a side of Beef.

As far as the service, I don’t know if our waitress was having and off day or what, but the service was incredibly slow. Our office is 3 mins away from the restaurant and our lunch hour turned out to be a lunch hour and a half. She didn’t seem very familiar with anything on the menu, and we had to ask a couple times for the hot sauce to spice up the unspicy lemongrass.

I really do want to like this place, I’m just finding it hard to. I’ll be back….just give me another couple months….

840 Ernest Barrett Parkway Suite 500
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Tel: (770) 499-7160
Fax: (770) 499-7361

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Kuroshio Sushi


Complete Book Of Sushi


10-pc. Sushi Chef Sushi-Making Kit

Olives Waterside Martini Bar

Couldn’t wait to try this place after experiencing some great dueling piano bars in Orlando and Vegas. Just as a side note, if you ever travel to Vegas don’t miss The Bar at Times Square at the New York New York hotel. But unfortunately it was not meant to be as they no longer have the dueling pianos here. Why don’t we have any dueling piano bars in Atlanta? If anyone knows of any, please let me know.

So, needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. But I made the best of the evening – I was with a good group of friends and the bar does have like 30 different types of Martinis to choose from at $5 each. My suggestion is the Nutty Martini made with Frangelico – soooooo yummy! So, I guess the evening wasn’t a complete loss.

The crowd is slightly and older one – 40s and 50s. The music is a mix of mostly 70s and 80s with some 90s thrown in occassionally, which you can tell the crowd doesn’t like as they all scatter from the dance floor when Will Smith starts singing.

6450 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770.226.0201
Olives Waterside


Riedel Vitis Martini Glasses (Set of 2)

Twisted Taco – Kennesaw

Yes, that’s right – Twisted Taco in KENNESAW!

I wish they had all the bars here that they do now when I was in school 10 years ago. Of course, I think I would have enjoyed them a lot more than I do now too. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good time hanging out here once in a blue moon. I just get annoyed with the fact that they never seem to have servers for the tables, so while you are sitting on the deck relaxing, you are forced to get up and go to the bar if you want a drink. Speaking of drinks, their beer selection is really good, they even give Taco Mac up the street a run for their money.

I’ve never tried the food, but it does look pretty enticing with names like The Wyatt Earp and The Treasure of Sierra Madre – Crispy fried chicken, jack cheese, lettuce, salsa and jalapeno mayo. Looking forward to trying that one next time I visit.

2606 George Busbee Pkwy N
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(678) 324-5040
Twisted Taco

Sahara = Excellent Mediterranean Cuisine

Baba Ghannouj, Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves…..
If all of the above start to make your mouth water, then Sahara Mediterranean Grill is worth a visit.

Attached to a Dunkin’ Donuts in a quiet unassuming strip mall, you wouldn’t think there is anything that special from the outside of this place. But step inside, and you’ll feel you’ve been transported to an exotic locale in the Mediterranean. And the staff is super friendly and is good about making recommendations if you aren’t sure about what to order.

My suggestion? Start with the Mezza, a combination of any 5 appetizers for $20. Don’t miss out on the ARAYESS – Pita bread stuffed with a bee/lamb mixture and a blend of seasonings.
If there are only 2 of you, this will be pretty filling, so just split an entree after that. We had the beef skillet which was very tasty, and left us completely stuffed.

My only regret? We were pressed for time and didn’t get to try the Hookah. Hookah is the name of a large water pipe that utilizes water and heat for smoking. It has its origins in India but became more popular in the Middle East.

Shisha is the name of the tobacco mixture that is smoked in the water pipe. Shisha comes in several flavors, with fruit flavors being the most popular. Smoking the hookah is becoming more and more popular all over the world.

One caveat, the website promises belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, which didn’t happen on the Saturday evening I visited. But other than that, it’s a great place for a leisurely weekend dinner.

550 W Crossville Rd, Suite 102
Roswell GA 30075
(770)594-8463
www.saharamediterraneangrill.com

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