Dayton is on a roll.
For that matter, it is also served by the piece atop rice.
The Miami Valley has its share of restaurants serving maki (rolls), nigiri (often raw fish piece on rice) and sashimi (piece without rice).
Here are just six great places to get sushi in the Miami Valley.
Why? It is pretty simple. You can eat like a king or queen on a dime, and it is great to boot at this quaint spot.
Find it? 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton; 937.259.9866 >> Map
Hours? Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Why? The restaurant’s staff go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. (I once had the best octopus I have ever eaten there, and it was complimentary.) The restaurant offers free cheesecake on birthdays and a glass of wine for anniversaries. There are 10 percent student and military discounts. Despite the niceties, the food is the reason to go. Most recently I tried the Lunch Sushi Box, which came with four pieces of yummy nigiri, rice, noodles and an assortment of tempura for $11.95. A soup and salad were kicked in on the house.
Find it? 2020 Harshman Road, Huber Heights; (937) 233-8005 >> Map
Hours? Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Why? The popular restaurant has drawn hungry crowds since opening in February 2003 by providing fresh food in a fun and relaxing environment for either a date night or an evening with friends. Both the Thai and sushi menus will keep you busy visit after visit. Get the sushi boat for two ($39.95) if you are looking to impress or simply want to fill your belly. See how it is done.
Find it? 11 Brown St., Dayton, (937) 222-3227 >> Map
Hours? Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Why? Kabuki packs a lot of fun into its small Centerville building. The menu includes "33 Unique Rolls" that will surely capture your imagination. The Ninja roll — calamari, spicy tuna, avocado and cream cheese deep fried with a special sauce — shouldn’t be missed. Kabuki also serves a good assortment of traditional sushi.
Find it? 848 S. Main St., Centerville; (937) 435-9500 <>> Map
Hours? Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Why? You will find a boatload of fresh and flavorful sushi in this delightful restaurant. The staff is very friendly.
Find it? 1501 Lyons Road, Centerville; (937) 434-2070 >> Map
Hours? Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Why? Chinese dishes like the Peppercorn Fish are hard to pass up, but the sushi is mighty good at this restaurant that oozes ambience. Its location formally housed Mr. Lee’s.
Find it? 7580 Poe Ave., Vandalia; (937) 898-3860. >> Map
Hours? Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.