|Sushi selection at Masu at MOA|
They've already garnered endless praise from locals, and recently opened a second location at the Mall of America, but Tim McKee's northeast Minneapolis Japanese joint Masu Sushi and Robata has made the Travel + Leisure magazine's
short list as one of the very best sushi restaurants in the country.
The list places our local darling in the same league as places like the notoriously extravagant and exclusive 10-seat (yes, that's right, 10) Urasawa in Los Angeles, where dinner for you and your date will run you about as much as a decent laptop; the innovative Uchi in Austin; and longtime favorite Sushi Ran in San Francisco.
Travel + Leisure identifies Masu's red sea bream nigiri, the signature Dynamite roll, and sweet miso-glazed Japanese eggplant robata as standout dishes. The magazine also notes the "quirky decor" in Masu's interior, which was designed by local design and marking firm Shea Inc. Shea recently also worked on the new Union restaurant, creating one the most dramatic additions to the downtown landscape in the form of a slick retractable roof.
330 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN