Burning Man Roll @ Little Tokyo
One of the best of the large specialty sushi rolls, the Burning Man is made with spicy tuna inside the rice layer, with peppered, seared tuna, avocado, green onion, and hot sauce on the outside. The roll is probably named for the summer music and cultural event in the deserts of Nevada, but it’s otherwise of uncertain origin. I can’t find any mention of it outside New Orleans. It’s a specialty of the several Little Tokyo sushi bars, as well as a few other Japanese restaurants that spun off the Little Tokyo chain. What I like about it particularly is that it has no crispies, no crab salad, and no crab stick. It leaves a pleasant little burn in its wake.
Little Tokyo. Mandeville: 590 Asbury Dr. 504-727-1532.
||Metairie: 2300 N Causeway Blvd. 504-831-6788. || Little Tokyo. Mid-City: 310 N Carrollton Ave. 504-485-5658. This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.