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Attention all sushi lovers: If you are a sushi fanatic, like myself, this hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant will be just thing you are looking for. The sushi at Akahana is my favorite sushi by far in the Charlotte area. This restaurant even beats out fancy sushi restaurants around uptown in my opinion.

To start off, the prices here are unbelievable. Every day, all the time, sushi here is buy one get one free. That is something most sushi places do not offer but only on certain days, at Akahana this offer stands all the time. Not to mention, their menu is pretty large. The spicy edamame on the menu is hands down my favorite I have ever had. I tend to get edamame at most sushi restaurants I go to and this is the best. The spicy sauce that the edamame is dipped in is simply indescribable, but so good. They have tons and tons of sushi to choose from also. Some of the best rolls I have had are Volcano Roll, which is fried. Or even just their spicy tuna roll is amazing.

The service here is pretty good to top it off. They are always really friendly along with the fact that it takes no time to get your food ready. Every time I have been (which is a lot) it has never been busy. It is a pretty big restaurant and they never seem to have a packed house, so the service is always great. And on top of that, it takes no time for your to-go orders to be ready if you want to do that. Akahana is located in the Plaza Midwood area, so it can take a little bit of time to get there but the carry out orders usually only take around fifteen minutes. If you call while you are on the way there, it should be perfect timing. But, the food should be warm regardless if you are a little late to pick it up.

The only thing I would have to say about Akahana Sushi that I do not like is the environment. If you are looking for a cute place to go and eat, this is really nothing special. The inside of the restaurant is not decorated too well and is pretty bland. The food is great, however there’s not much other than that once

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you step inside the restaurant. Also, the little shopping area in which it is located is hard to get to. If you are coming from the university area, the turn into the restaurant is hard to make. Also, it can be a challenge to find parking. There are other places located beside it that people are parking for so it can be somewhat hard to find a spot. But, the good thing is that it is free parking unlike if you were eating uptown and had to pay.

All in all, Akahana is one of the best sushi places I would have to say in the Charlotte area. If you have not tried it yet, I highly suggest it if you are a sushi lover. It is not the most scenic, but if you are coming just for the food, this is a great option. I would give it a 4/5 stars.