Sushi, Meet Burrito
Is it culinary fusion or blasphemy? You be the judge at one of these Mountain West sushi burrito locations.
Fish and chips, cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jelly — some food combinations just belong together. But what about sushi and burritos? Often called a “sushirrito,” this combination of Asian and Latin flavors is one of the latest food mashups to join oddities like donut burgers, falafel tacos, and mac-and-cheese pancakes (true story). It’s a super-sized sushi roll you can hold in your hand like a burrito, but wrapped in nori seaweed instead of a tortilla.
Fresh, healthy Asian cuisine on the go — that’s the claim at Café Yugo. Located in South Jordan’s Daybreak community, this sushi burrito spot is known for crisp vegetables and high-quality sushi. Try one of its dozen or so menu specialties, like the well-reviewed Dragonrito, which combines fresh yellowtail sashimi, fresh salmon sashimi, crab salad, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, carrot, avocado and spicy mango sauce. It has a create-your-own option for more adventurous eaters, and for those less-so, Café Yugo also offers ramen and udon noodle bowls.
Ninja’s Lunch Box
Sushi burritos are the nontraditional standout on the menu at the Ninja’s Lunch Box. Tempura, sushi, sashimi and special rolls are the specialty, but there are also eight different sushi burritos on the menu. Employees say the most popular are the Teriyaki Chicken Burrito with teriyaki chicken, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, seaweed salad and eel sauce wrapped in soy paper, and the Spicy Tuna Burrito made with spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, seaweed salad and spicy mayo.
Sushi Burrito Utah
Sushi Burrito Utah opened its first location on 800 South in Salt Lake City just two years ago and now has restaurants in Cedar City, Layton, Logan, Provo and West Jordan. Of the 14 sushi burritos on the menu — in addition to starters, salads, soups and bento boxes — the best-sellers are No. 2 Shrimp Lover, No. 6 California Sumo, No. 9 Citrus, No. 11 Utes and No. 13 Vegas. Some of the rolls, like the California Sumo, are deep-fried, and there are options for no rice if you’re watching your carbs. You can also switch out the nori (seaweed) wrapper for soy paper for a buck. sushiburritoutah.com
The tucked-away SM Sushirrito in Holladay offers several inventive options in addition to its more standard fare. There’s the New York, made with fried chicken, beef, avocado, cucumber, asparagus and mayo. Or the Alaska, with crab meat, tempura shrimp, salmon, cream cheese, daikon and sushi sauce. And the Land & Sea with grilled beef, grilled tuna, spicy mayo, onion, jalapeno and a lemon spice. The more pedestrian options include the Vegas or Kabuki that are similar to regular sushi rolls — only these are the size of your forearm.
There are a handful of chain restaurants surrounding Sumorrito in Taylorsville but none compare to Sumorrito if you’re in the mood to blaze new culinary trails. Vegetarians will be pleased with the Buddha, which combines fried tofu, yam tempura, cucumber, avocado, julienne carrot, fresh strawberry, daikon, shaved cabbage, wasabi mayo and eel sauce. Fans rave about the poke bowls and fruity Boba tea slushies, which combine a sweetened tea made with tapioca pearls with fruit flavors.