Sushi and road trips don’t usually go hand in hand, but on Saturday when Greg and I were on our 5-hour journey back home from the outer banks it was all we could think about. It came up innocently enough… a reasonable deceleration about how much time had lapsed since the last time we had sushi and how we would like to have it again some time. The trip wore on and we grew increasingly hungry. Fresh memories of what poor food decisions were made all week were still fresh. It was the perfect storm. Sushi take out for dinner it was!
Greg and I have been big fans of Moby Dick (no website; 11220 Triangle Lane) a little, family-run sushi joint in Wheaton, for years. It is our go-to sushi spot and despite what anyone says, it’s perfect (for us, at least). It’s not overly fancy or trying to be anything it’s not (cough, kaz sushi bistro, cough ) and we always leave stuffed and very satisfied.
I always start off with miso soup whenever I get sushi. Moby Dick’s is great in my eyes and very traditional. Sorry, no picture. I inhaled it. I was very dehydrated!
We typically over order with sushi and spend a lot of $, which is one of the reasons why we don’t eat it too often and mostly save it for special occasions or wagers on large bets. I thought we did a fairly decent job of ordering this time.
Starting from top right (above): spicy salmon roll, crunchy spicy tuna roll, yellow tail roll, rainbow roll, and mackerel nigiri.
Pictured below: dragon roll.
Doesn’t the second tray look like a face?!
Every single piece of sushi I ate was absolutely divine. The star, however, was the crunchy spicy tuna roll. Its essentially a spicy tuna roll covered in tempura flakes (= fried goodness) with a spicy sauce (siracha + mayo) on top.
If you go to Moby Dick you MUST order this roll. You can thank me later.
This sushi restaurant is easy to overlook, but please don’t! The downsides are that it’s not fancy or that innovative (= traditional), the restaurant is small (though they do have seating at the sushi bar), the service can be a little rough (as the family that owns it also runs the show), and it’s in a dumpy area. The upsides are that the sushi is really good, they sell massively large cans of Japanese beer, you are helping out a small business in Wheaton, and if you go enough, they will remember you!
Check it out!