Standout Qualities: Stretching the sushi boundaries with tastes like the Crunchy Tuna Party, a fried gyoza shell topped with spicy tuna, avocado, togarashi, rice, seared Parmesan, chili oil, and white miso—think sushi meets pizza.
What’s new: Following the poke craze, Opus’s sushi bowl is packed with tuna, avocado, orange, cilantro, and carrot, atop a bed of sushi rice, daikon, ginger garlic ponzu, and white miso chili.
Insider tip: Try something new and ask the talented mixologists to pair a cocktail with a raw fish order.
87 Washington St., Salem, 978-744-9600, salemopus.com
Koto Japanese Grill & Sushi Lounge, Salem
What’s Unique: Chefs often source in season from the Salem Farmers’ Market.
90 Washington St., Salem, 978-498-4826, kotosalemma.com