A Japanese staple for more than 700 years, sushi emerged as an almost avant garde culture in America during the late 1960s. Though now closed, Kawafuku restaurant in Los Angeles is credited for introducing Japanese sushi to mainstream America. Representing a diverse demographic, Americans galvanized the sushi phenom over the next few decades, and Japanese itamae began to establish several swanky sushi restaurants across the United States. Today, sushi aficionados enjoy the tasty rolls and tout the health benefits of eating raw fish, which include lower blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol, increase metabolism, boost circulation, and improve digestion and immunity.

Given Palm Beach County’s historical bow to Japanese industry and influence, it is no surprise the region boasts some of the best sushi restaurants in the nation. According to NV Realty Group agents, here are five local favorites:

Imoto Sushi, Palm Beach

Meaning “little sister” in Japanese, Imoto is an exquisite expansion of  Buccan Restaurant, a popular establishment with numerous accolades, including Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot in Palm Beach” designation. Highly acclaimed chef Clay Conley creates and serves both classic and creative sushi and Asian dishes. While running a restaurant under the direction of chef Todd English in Tokyo, Conley fine-tuned his affection and appreciation for Asian fare. Imoto infuses fresh ingredients and in-season stock and produce, supporting local Florida farmers. A self-described sushi lover, NV Realty Group’s Julien Taylor claims Imoto has the best quality sushi and excellent happy hour specials, too. 

Kabuki, Palm Beach Gardens

An avid fisherman himself, NV Realty Group Agent Will Rosselle recommends Kabuki, a newer restaurant located along PGA Boulevard next to Rocco Tacos & Tequila Bar. “The fish at the sushi bar looks like it just came right off the boat, and we Floridians know and appreciate fresh fish when we see it!” says Will. Serving a mix of sushi, tapas, and traditional Thai and Japanese dishes, Kabuki is well known as one of the best happy hour spots in the region. The cool ambiance, fresh food, and creative cocktails generate an energetic vibe that attracts locals and visitors of all ages.

Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Delray Beach

With additional locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and eventually Wellington, Lemongrass Asian Bistro is the first choice for many residents in Southern and Western Palm Beach County. The extensive menu offers a variety of Asian cuisines, and the sushi menu consists of traditional and unique hand rolls, such as Sex on the Moon, Three Musketeers, and the Red Spider.

Dive Bar, Jupiter

When patrons enter through the unpretentious doors at Dive Bar, they are greeted with a 2,000 gallon, cylinder-shaped saltwater aquarium with a working bar surrounding it. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and it boasts spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Yacht Club Marina. In fact, many customers arrive by boat, utilizing the complimentary docks beside the yacht club. Dive Bar in Jupiter is the top pick for NV Realty Group professional Renee Story Jones, who enjoys cruising to the waterfront restaurant via boat. “Not only is the ambiance amazing, but the food is fresh. The chef features a variety of fabulous - albeit unusual - rolls for the culinary-minded,” says Renee. Kelly King echoes the praise and recommends the Cherry Roll. “It’s delicious and real snow crab!” she exclaims. Apart from sushi and sashimi, the Dive Bar features South Florida favorites such as conch fritters, hogfish sandwiches, raw oysters, and tuna poke.

The Catch, North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach’s new, secret sushi spot is The Catch, a modest restaurant located on the water off Northlake Boulevard. The interior style resembles a tiki hut and the chill, laid-back attitude is ideal for lunch, happy hour, or casual dinners. “The Catch is a hidden gem,” says NV Realty Group’s Robyn Mutchler. “You can build your own roll. I start with soy paper, cream cheese, avocado, salmon, brown rice, then drizzle it with wasabi mayo, and sprinkle with jalapeno peppers. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!” she says. With all requests made fresh to order, patrons have the flexibility to add or deduct specific ingredients, or they can build their own sushi roll. The eclectic menu also includes BBQ, wings, and Mexican-inspired dishes. As an added bonus, The Catch delivers options through Delivery Dudes.

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