You don't have to go far to find sushi. Good sushi, on the other hand, may require a bit of searching. Taiko is worth the trip to Springfield for delicious Japanese food done right.
This isn't the type of place you stumble upon unless you live nearby. Taiko Sushi is located in a tiny strip mall along Backlick Road, and parking can get tight with all of the other stores. Their takeout business is brisk, with locals coming in regularly to pick up their sushi fix.
Here's what we had on a recent weekend lunch visit:
Spicy Kani Salad
This light, delicate dish is a lovely mixture of julienned cucumber, scallions, surimi (imitation crabmeat), tobiko (fish roe) and a blanket of crispy bits. You're going to have to share, but could easily eat it all on your own.
This dramatic roll features a whole tempura soft-shell crab, avocado, masago, and cucumber.
Spicy Salmon Crunch Roll, Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll
As simple as they are, these two classics are skillfully seasoned and not too spicy. Notice the generous fish to rice ratio? No fillers here!
Happy Santa Roll
This is a modified shrimp tempura roll with spicy mayo, kani crunch, and masago. Delicious!
A bowl of rice is topped with thin slices of fried pork cutlet and topped with shredded nori (seaweed), bonito flakes, and pickled radish. We barely put a dent in this, but it is comfort food at its best.
I've been here with large parties for family meals, and the food really shines when you order a little bit of everything. Make sure to try a variety of their sushi, along with classics like gyoza and savory udon. You won't regret it!
The sushi counter is perfect for a quick solo dinner or even a casual date. They are very accommodating to large groups, so call ahead and take a bunch of friends! Even those who disdain seafood will love their teriyaki dishes or noodles, so there's really something for everyone.
**The photos in this article are by Sarina Petrocelly.
Have you been to Taiko Sushi before? What are your favorite dishes? Let us know in the comments!