When we recently moved to Wilsonville, a rural suburb of Portland, OR, I was surprised we were able to find local restaurants that matched our "I'm too tired to cook" or "I'm not into dishes tonight" moods, that came anywhere close to our local favorites in Vancouver, BC.
Vancouver, is a sushi lovers mecca. A strong asian population and close proximity to the sea makes it hard not to each sushi every night; from an $8 all-you-can-eat to Tojo's magic for $300., and everything in-between.
Portland is dining and drinking hip, but its' "downtown scene" is too far on a rainy night to slump out to, after blogging in my relax duds. The Willamette Valley and wineries are closer, but sometimes the little town/city atmosphere is just what the tummy orders.
Sushi Ave. is in a little strip mall on our side of the freeway. It is cozy and family-oriented. Small children, in high chairs, are ordering the favorites. One that seems to get the kids' attention is the Sushi Pizza. To be honest, as we work our way through their interesting offerings, the Sushi Pizza was going to be our last choice because, well, it sounds gross.
Tonight, with the comfort of knowing I was having our two favorites , I bravely suggested the Sushi Pizza. Silence. Then a cautious, Allllrrrright.
And, it was good! Odd, but good. The crust is a piece of seaweed with sushi rice as the body, mixed with different seafood and broiled until hot with a sweet sauce and sesame seeds on top. Smooth, rich, warm and comforting.
Something a little different from a neighborhood restaurant that is already becoming a favorite.