When Oishii first opened in 2004, it was an unassuming, BYOB place serving sushi and a long list of other Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai specialties for lunch (a steal at less than $8) and dinner. In the beginning, my girlfriends and I would gather on Tuesday nights for dollar sushi. It was a regular weekly occurrence for us, even though the service was often uneven on those busy nights, because the sushi chefs could barely keep up with the demand.

Flash forward to 2009, and Oishii has grown up. The shopping center has gotten a face lift, and there’s now a full-service bar in which to lounge and enjoy a Kirin Light while waiting for your table on Tuesday, which is still dollar sushi night. And it’s still where I like to gather with girlfriends.

Recently our very patient waiter allowed us to dish about bad boyfriends for a good half hour before we properly ordered, and then, when we did, he steered us toward the dollar sushi list because we had ordered from the “regular” menu. Soon—no uneven service now—our platter of freshwater eel, salmon, albacore, and tuna arrived, and each bite was silkier than the last. We also threw in two old favorites: a rainbow roll and a volcano roll. The latter, a California roll topped with discs of sweet, fleshy scallops and spicy mayo, was as fresh and flavorful as we remembered; the former was cut into bite-size pieces, unlike some hulking rainbow rolls in town. To finish, we shared red bean ice cream in a mochi (gelatin) shell, sweetly cut into four quarters and sprinkled with peanuts.

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