OtherArea: colorado springs
Miyake Sushi is the domain of John Yi. Let him get you going with a crisp tempura soft-shell crab appetizer, then a fresh chili-and-garlic-sauce stir-fry from the Mongolian grill. Enjoy a sizzling chicken teriyaki entrée served with veggies and rice, and a mean Miyamoto Musashi roll of tuna, eel, crab, salmon and roe.
Best Of 2014: Japanese/Sushi
Jun has won gold in this category almost perennially since 1995, partly because owner Jun Aizu focuses on the freshest fish he can get. He serves Colorado fish when he can, and flies the rest in daily. Aizu opened his first location on Dublin 23 years ago; nine years ago he opened the Centennial location. The menus, concept and specialties of the two restaurants do differ: For example, while both serve sushi, the Dublin location offers ramen noodles made from scratch, and the Centennial location features cooking tables. "My favorite quality in Japanese cuisine is that it's simple, it's natural, and it's fresh without heavy sauces," says Aizu. Any plans for a third location? "Not yet," he says, smiling. — Kendall Kullman
Bites 2013: Pad Thai Woon Sen
Here's a superstar plate for the gluten-free crowd, still a treat to non-restricted eaters. Rather than the wide rice noodles you're used to on standard Pad Thai, the Woon Sen is built on a base of thin "bean thread" noodles. They get the same stir-fry treatment with a rich peanut flavor, and though egg adds some protein, it's well worth the upcharge for soft prawns to contrast the bean sprouts' crunch. Heat level's up to your better judgment. ($6.80/$2.50 extra for shrimp)