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Apr 21, 2008

Akashi Sushi and the Food Gulley of Durham

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The Mercury Rising roll at Akashi Japanese Restaurant.  In case the phone pic isn't clear, that's two different lumps of orange/red fishiness on top.  The first layer is (very) spicy tuna.  The second is tobiko (flying fish roe).

Akashi is famed for its almost everything half price almost all the time menu.*  It's also famed for its very long menu (including a Wolfpack roll).  I can't believe I hadn't visited before this weekend. 

Quality impressions?  Hmmm... I'd give my first meal a B-.  The Spider Roll (behind the Mercury Rising) was the least inspired I've ever eaten.  But I'll try it again if someone else wants to go. [Update: I had lunch with my pal Adam last week, and we both gave our meals a solid B+ at a great BOGO price.]

Speaking of fame, Akashi is in the ought-to-be-famed Food Gulley** at 2223 Highway 54 E., one block east of Indigestion Intersection (aka intersection of Highways 55 and 54 at the edge of RTP).  The Food Gulley is cool.  It has a taqueria/carniceria, Sal's Pizza, Montas Latin dance club***, Akashi, and Bombay Grille. I have no idea how their lunchtime customers find a place to park.****

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*I'm not kidding about the half-price stuff.  Everyone tells me it's always half price all the time.  If you're worried it won't be whenever you go, click here for Akashi's Citysearch listing, then scroll to the instant offer coupon.

**Food Gulley.  I made that up and if you've been, you'll know what I mean.  Below street grade, it's easy to miss if you don't know where you're looking -- so drive slowly and pay attention.  It's just east of the railroad track. While I didn't make up "Indigestion Intersection", I'm surprised to see that it doesn't seem to have currency outside of RTP.

***Hey, has Montas changed names?  I seem to recall different signage on Friday.  Amusement: one of the club's security guards had locked himself out and was knocking on the window to regain admittance.

****One time in that parking lot, I was surprised when one of the landscapers looked up and said, "Hey, Phil.  Howgozit?"  It was my friend Paula whom I'd last seen in Chicago four years earlier.  Her ex-boyfriend story is here.

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Comments

I have never heard that called Indigestion Intersection, though I like it. We used to call the main drag in Roanoke Rapids Indigestion Avenue for the same reason.

Posted by: Valerie | Apr 21, 2008 2:05:53 PM

I can't believe a restaurant would name a dish with tuna in it Mercury Rising.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/dining/23sushi.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=sushi+mercury&st=nyt&oref=slogin

Posted by: Glenn | Apr 21, 2008 3:34:19 PM

I can't believe a restaurant would name a dish with tuna in it Mercury Rising.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/dining/23sushi.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=sushi+mercury&st=nyt&oref=slogin

Posted by: Glenn | Apr 21, 2008 3:35:20 PM

Ha, good point, Glenn! Mercury Rising is not such an appealing name for a tuna dish!

Yes, Montas is gone, but another Latin dance club has taken its place. Can't remember its name.

Phil, if you go west on Hwy. 54, after you cross Hwy. 55, you'll find a new Asian grocery called Phil Asia Market. Nice name, huh? On the left, next to the Hardware Store That Has Everything.

Posted by: --Lisa S. | Apr 21, 2008 7:27:56 PM

Update: the Montas replacement is Rumba 54.

Lisa S. -- thanks for the tip. I'll go visit. And maybe charge them a $25 licensing fee for using my name.

Posted by: Phil | Apr 23, 2008 3:44:12 PM

"But I'll try it again if someone else wants to go."

I'm in! Pick a day for lunch next week.

Anyone else feeling lucky?

Posted by: Adam Schultz | May 8, 2008 2:54:29 PM

wow! i love this food! so Lucky! to all those!

Posted by: ryan | Jul 30, 2008 9:26:34 AM