Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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Last week, Fuji Food Products announced a voluntary recall of ready-to-eat sushi, salads and spring rolls that were sold in 31 states, including North Carolina. The products in question may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The list of retailers includes Trader Joe’s, Food Lion, 7-Eleven, and Walgreens.

I’m all in favor of convenience, but maybe sushi shouldn’t be sold just anywhere. A meal comprised of raw fish requires a different level of handling than, say, nachos. Call me a snob, but I prefer my sushi to be made at the place where I buy it.

Charlotte has no shortage of sushi restaurants. Sushi 101 and Nikko are two of my favorites. I’ve been told that O-Ku in South End is excellent. I’m also looking forward to trying Rockin’ Rolls Sushi on Elizabeth Avenue. Their menu items are delivered to each table on a conveyor belt. Fun!

I’m not opposed to getting sushi to go but, again, I like it to be prepared at the point of purchase. Some supermarkets, including Harris Teeter and Publix, have sushi chefs in their stores. That goes a long way toward instilling confidence in the product, and it could be why I’ve never had a bad sushi experience with either one of those stores.

The next time you have a hankering for a hunk of hamachi, think carefully about where you’re getting it. If you have any doubt at all about the quality or freshness, stick with the nachos.