Sushi is my favorite food group. I know it’s not technically a food group, but it definitely is for me. There are few things more satisfying than a fresh, bright, buttery piece of sliced sushi-grade salmon or the spicy kick of a well-done spicy tuna roll. I became an instant fan with my first bite at 16 and have been hooked ever since. Finding a local sushi spot can be a daunting task. You want somewhere with delicious, fresh cuts of fish, plenty of options for you and your friends (even those who don’t like raw sushi), and that has a comfortable, fun, and authentic feel you can be loyal to at a reasonable price. Fear not, I have done the research for you and, trust me, this is a sushi spot you will want to check out ASAP.
Queen Creek is becoming a bustling area for foodies and Sushi Creek is a perfect example of that. With a super fun “I Hate Sushi” portion of their menu that includes non-sushi items and cooked dishes like the Jalapeño Burger and Chicken Fried Rice, you know immediately that this is a versatile and unique sushi restaurant that understands the different palates of its clientele. The happy hour menu alone is worth the trip Tuesday through Saturday from 2-6pm and all day Sunday. Yes, ALL day Sunday. Talk about ‘Sunday Funday’, right?
For my first trip to Sushi Creek, I wanted to make sure I tried a little of everything (or as much as my appetite could handle) so we dabbled in both sushi and cooked appetizers. Sitting in a quaint, comfortable, delightfully-decorated space, We started with the Beef Yakatori skewers, Creek Poppers, and Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls. The Creek Poppers are a delicious mix of cream cheese, bacon, green onion, 7 spice, volcano sriracha deep fried inside a jalapeño. The Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls are deep fried and stuffed with crab, cream cheese, 7 spice, green onion, and served with sweet Thai sauce. Deeply satisfying and vastly different from the usual suspects at a sushi restaurant, we couldn’t get enough of these appetizers as we started our flavor journey with our next stop being at the fresh and crisp town of fishes!
We made sure to dive in to a sushi assortment boat with a variety of nigiri pieces including salmon, snapper, ahi tuna, albacore, octopus, eel, and yellowtail. These pieces of nigiri are beautiful and big so it was no surprise that the sashimi assortment was just as impressive! These large cuts of salmon, yellowtail, octopus, and ahi tuna, blew us away. With a welcomed addition for an acidic kick, the sashimi assortment is served with lemon slices between the pieces of salmon and octopus, and fresh cucumber slices with the tuna. Although I will definitely say these bites were all crisp and cut to perfection, I can’t rave enough about the buttery finish on the salmon! It was definitely the star of both of these assortments. You can’t deny when you get an ideal cut of salmon that you want to dance around a little with joy while you eat.
We ordered the traditional Spicy Tuna and Spicy Yellowtail rolls alongside a hardy portion of a picturesque Squid Salad ,as well as the Elite Roll (because of the name, of course). The Elite Roll consisted of shrimp tempura, jalapeño, cream cheese, crab mix, avocado, eel sauce, sriracha, and tempura. As sinfully delicious and dynamic as it sounds, it tasted even better. A big fan of spicy, this was the perfect amount of kick and flavor to break a sweat without having to reach for a tall glass of water (or milk).
All in all, this is my new go-to for all things sushi. And even for some things that are not. I heard a rumor from one of the owners that the Jalapeño Burger on the “I Hate Sushi Menu” has been quite a crowd pleaser so I can’t wait for our next visit!
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!