10 Sushi Rolls You Gotta Try In Tucson

Last modified on July 7th, 2017 at 6:06 pm

While purists depend on nigiri sushi for foodie enlightenment, maki sushi (sushi rolls) are a fun way to experience unique combinations and cultural experiments.

Roll over to these sushi joints, figuratively. We won’t stop you from literally rolling to these joints and tagging #tucsonfoodie, however.

Ginza Sushi

5425 N. Kolb Rd. #115
The Ventana Special roll at Ginza Sushi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Ventana Special roll at Ginza Sushi (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Uni is the butter of the sea. Ignore the fact that it’s a sea urchin’s gonads and you’ll enjoy this briny, slightly sweet ingredient. The Ventana Special Roll is filled with kanikama, avocado and cucumber, then topped with yellowtail, uni, ikura and masago.

For more information, visit ginzatucson.com.

Kazoku Sushi & Japanese Cuisine

4210 E. Speedway Blvd.
Kazoku Roll at Kazoku Sushi & Japanese Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kazoku Roll at Kazoku Sushi & Japanese Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Step up your California roll game with the Kazoku Roll.  The roll is filled with spicy crab, avocado, cucumber and white onion, then topped with salmon, tuna and masago.

For more information, visit kazokurestaurant.com.

O Sushi Restaurant

4689 E. Speedway Blvd.
Ya Ya Roll at O Sushi Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ya Ya Roll at O Sushi Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Resist the urge to say yas yas when ordering the Ya Ya Roll, which features a filling of spicy yellowtail, cucumber, and cilantro topped with albacore, thinly-sliced jalapeño, and ponzu with a dab of hot sauce.

For more information, visit O Sushi Restaurant on Facebook.

OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen

350 E. Congress St.
Snowflake Roll at OBON Sushi Bar Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Snowflake Roll at OBON Sushi Bar Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

We can’t catch real snowflakes on our tongues often around these parts, but a savory slowflake is a Sun Link ride away. The Snowflake Roll is filled with snow crab, asparagus and mushrooms, then topped with seared waluu (also known as escolar), scallion, and tataki sauce. Don’t eat more than one of these by yourself in one sitting — just trust us on that.

For more information, visit obonsushi.com.

Sachiko Sushi

3210 E. Valencia Rd.
Oregon Roll at Sachiko Sushi Restaurant on Valencia Road (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Oregon Roll at Sachiko Sushi Restaurant on Valencia Road (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In honor of Oregon’s recent smoking legislature, this Oregon Roll has smoked salmon. That’s not really the reason why, but the smoky-salty flavor is a delight regardless. It is also filled with cucumber, avocado and crab, then topped with the house ‘yummy’ sauce. Smoke fish everyday.

For more information, visit sachikosushitucson.com.

Sushi Cortaro

8225 N. Courtney Page Way
Lover Roll at Sushi Cortaro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lover Roll at Sushi Cortaro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Want to treat your sweetheart to lobster but in bite-sized pieces? Enjoy the Lover Roll filled with lobster tail in a creamy sauce and house red hot sauce. It’s topped with shrimp, tuna, avocado, and tobiko.

For more information, visit sushicortaro.com.

Sushi Lounge

4802 S. 6th Ave.
The Seis Avenida Roll at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Seis Avenida Roll at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sixth Avenue is one of Tucson’s gems for finding food from a variety of cultures. At Chinese-Japanese joint Sushi Lounge, you’ll find the Mexican-inspired Seis Avenida Roll with jalapeño, avocado, shrimp, imitation crab, and cream cheese, all fried in the roll tempura-style.

For more information, visit sushiloungeaz.com.

Sushi Nara

8650 E. Speedway Blvd.
Fireball Roll at Sushi Nara (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fireball Roll at Sushi Nara (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maybe you prefer spicy tuna over cinnamon whiskey. If that’s the case, you’ll love the Fireball Roll filled with spicy tuna, cheese, avocado, cucumber and onion, topped with eel sauce and onion tempura flakes.

For more information, visit Sushi Nara’s unofficial page on Facebook.

Sushi On Oracle

6449 N. Oracle Rd.

Salmon skin hand roll and spicy octopus roll at Sushi On Oracle (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Don’t waste the salmon skin — it crisps nicely and is still healthy, probably. The Salmon Skin Hand Roll keeps it simple with cucumber and carrot in a conical burrito-esque vessel. Sushi on Oracle also wins brownie points for the Nujabes and Ghibli jazz music in the background.

For more information, visit sushionoracle.net.

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

857 E. Grant Rd.

Soft shell crab roll at Yamato Japanese Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This arbitrarily patriotic Soft Shell Crab Roll (also known as a spider roll) means no harm. Its octopus tentacle sucker eyes exude tastiness, not threatening vibes. It doesn’t even need a hammer for its shell or any peeling effort. Just sink your teeth into this convenient roll with side of spicy mayonnaise.

For more information, visit Yamato on Facebook.

What’s your favorite roll in town? Tell us in the comments.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
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