It’s easy to find authentic Mexican food in the Southwest, but if you get hooked, you’re going to miss out on some exciting Scottsdale dining alternatives. You’ll find plenty of Japanese seafood delicacies just a stone’s throw away from your luxury vacation rental, so if you’re a sushi lover, Scottsdale has you covered.

  1. sushi in scottsdaleHiro Sushi. Enjoy fresh Japanese cuisine from Hiro Sushi‘s kitchen and bar, open every day of the week. The chef has over 25 years of culinary training in Japan, and he’s brought that experience with him to Arizona so that he could bring traditional sushi to the Scottsdale dining scene.

  1. Sushi Roku. Sushi Roku’s website calls the establishment a “pioneer of contemporary sushi,” and that’s a fact. The restaurant adds a California twist to traditional Japanese food by using non-traditional ingredients like cilantro and jalapeños. There are five locations around the Southwest.

  1. Hana Japanese Eatery. If you can pull yourself away from the comfort of your luxury vacation rental, head out to Hana Japanese Eatery, where you’ll never need a reservation and you can bring your own wine, beer or saki to enjoy. The chefs here take great care when choosing their fresh fish, and just one bite will turn you into a lifelong “Hanacore,” which is the official name for the eatery’s biggest fans.

  1. Shimogamo. For 10 years, Shimogamo owner Sanae Otomo has brought the people of Arizona the delectable taste of traditional Japanese food. This fabulous restaurant’s menu includes the expected sushi, tempura, teriyaki and noodles, but there’s also a whole host of creative items for more adventurous diners.

  1. Roka Akor. Travel & Leisure Magazine calls Roka Akor “the best sushi restaurant in the U.S.” It’s easy to believe when you get a taste of this Scottsdale restaurant’s Robatayaki-style cuisine, fired over open charcoal. Chef Ce Bian handpicks the fish used in his sushi dishes and they’re flown in fresh daily for your dining pleasure.

Getting the most from your vacation in AZ means taking a break from your luxury vacation rental every now and then to explore the region’s many wonderful restaurants and attractions. Scottsdale dining offers many unexpected treats. Bet you didn’t know that sushi was one of them!