Today’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on Hana Japanese Eatery:
There are some things we just can’t make from scratch in the kitchen – especially when it comes to Japanese cuisine. While living in Los Angeles, udon, ramen, and sashimi were staples of our diet and nothing could beat a good shabu shabu dinner in Little Tokyo. When we moved back to Phoenix, we struggled to find a place that could replenish the kind of goodness we were accustomed to in LA. Then, we found Hana Japanese Eatery. This mom and pop restaurant was right up our alley. The miso is tasty, their soups hit the spot on those soon-to-be cold desert nights, the sashimi is fresh, and on any given day the Hana chefs are drumming up a culinary explosion or offering an authentic Japanese dish. Fair warning: this is not like the sushi/sake bomber experience from those good old college days. Hana offers BYOB without a corking fee, seats a handful of tables, and is tucked away in a CenPho strip mall. The wait can be brutal on a Friday and Saturday night (the restaurant has quite a following who have been affectionately coined “Hanacores”). We think you’ll appreciate this quaint little eatery – it’s low on the crazy sushi roll concoctions, focusing instead on real Japanese fare, the service is real, and the experience is worth repeating over and over again.
Hana Japanese Eatery
5524 North 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013