Best Undiscovered Sushi - 2000
One of the best things about living in San Francisco is the abundance of neighborhood sushi restaurants. That is, until everyone else in your neighborhood discovers your favorite spot, and you find yourself huddled with the hungry masses outside No-Name on Church Street, wondering why those bastards inside don't eat faster. One way to avoid this is Yoshi-san's Monkichi, where Yoshi himself mans the sushi bar with amazing skill and grace. Special rolls, veggie rolls, miraculously crisp tempura, and, for the more adventurous, appetizers such as hamachi cheek, "dinosaur feet," and clam butter soup mean you'll have to visit at least five times to try everything. And then there's the tuna tataki -- lightly seared albacore with a tangy "special sauce" -- a dish so undeniably Yoshi-licious it's hard to believe Monkichi isn't packed every night.