Whether you're craving a California roll or something more exotic, a local sushi spot is there to please

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The Las Vegas roll at Ginger Asian Bistro.

Baek Chun Sushiyama  A sushi chef can have his fish sent from Seattle or Sydney or wherever. He can have it overnighted to his doorstep. But that's not good enough for Charlie Yamamoto. To make sure he's offering the freshest fish, he drives to Seattle every week to personally examine every fish he buys. So you know the sushi is fabulously fresh, and the bulgoki, yakisoba, udon, bibimbop and donburi are good, too. 13032 W. 14th St., Airway Heights • 244-3545 | 1321 W. Third Ave. • 624-5553

Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Serving both Teppanyaki style cooking and creative sushi featuring the freshest ingredients, this Post Falls culinary destination is an Idaho favorite. 1500 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-7077 •

Ginger Asian Bistro Come here if you want to feel classy. Ginger Asian Bistro, located on the South Hill, provides fresh, delicious sushi. Their most popular roll, they say, is the Las Vegas roll, containing shrimp tempura, asparagus and avocado and topped with fresh spicy tuna, sprinkled bread crumbs, mayo, eel sauce and finished with masago (fish eggs) and scallions. 1228 S. Grand Blvd. • 315-5201 •

Kinja Japanese and Korean Restaurant  Tucked into the corner of the Dollar Tree Shopping center on North Division, the family-run business serves up sushi, as well as an array of other dishes. The Jane Roll — shrimp tempura and crab topped with spicy tuna, sauce and crunch — is one among many of the items on the conveyor belt that rolls plates of sushi, fried seafood and desserts ($1.50-$4.50) around the seating area. A meat lover can order the teriyaki beef or spicy pork and chicken. A bento box comes with a choice of meat along with rice, salad and a side option such as gyoza (pot stickers). 7458 N. Division St. • 474-9276

Kyoko Sushi Kyoko emphasizes fresh fish flown in daily from Hawaii and rolled into both traditional and contemporary sushi. 334 N. First Ave., Suite 107, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-627-9521 •

Sushi & Kitchen Featuring traditional sushi and French Asian cuisine, Sushi & Kitchen offers delicious rolls featuring fresh ingredients in a casual fine dining environment. Try the Pretty Woman roll, which comes stuffed with salmon, cucumber and asparagus topped with salmon tobiko and scallion ($12). 1902 W. Francis Ave. • 279-2721 •

Shoga Sushi Bar The decor at Shoga combines Japanese decor and a Northwest lodge-like setting — think kimonos on pine paneling with red linen napkins, white china, black tables and a river rock fireplace. Entrée options include the typical chicken or beef teriyaki and some fusion variations like the one-third-pound Kobe burger, which comes with tempura fried onions ($13). The Kake-Udon is a savory Dashi broth with sautéed vegetables and tofu over tender Udon noodles ($9), perfect for a chilly winter evening. 41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle, Idaho • 208-265-2001 • If you absolutely love sushi — or are a bit on the fence about ingesting raw, water-dwelling creatures —'s diverse menu has something for both the pickiest and most daring eaters, from vegetarian-friendly fare to traditional Japanese dishes. Of course, its sushi (both raw and cooked) is the menu's main attraction. 430 W. Main Ave. • 838-0630 •

Sushi Maru Sushi Maru is perfect for the nervous sushi eater who doesn't know what to order. A conveyor belt carries little multicolored plates of sushi right past your table, which is ideal if you like to see your food before you order it. Each plate is a different color, which corresponds with a set price. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., #105 • 455-3900 •

Sushi Sakai Sushi Sakai offers a delightful atmosphere and genuinely delicious sushi, ranging from the user-friendly California roll to the more adventurous Rattlesnake roll. There's also a fine selection of sake, which despite being made from rice will get you soused. Handle with care. 829 E. Boone Ave., Suite B • 340-9743 •

Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar Syringa serves up sushi so delicious that those who don't make reservations often find themselves waiting in line. Try the Spice Duck Tataki, a pan-seared, Togarashi-dusted muscovy duck breast served atop a bed of onions and garlic-soy reduction ($8). 1401 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-664-2718 •

Wasabi Bistro and Sushi Bar Arguably Spokane's prettiest sushi bar, Wasabi is located on the corner of Division and Hawthorne, just across the street from Whitworth University. Despite the sleek, modern decor, they provide fresh dishes at really reasonable prices. The Las Vegas roll is the most popular. The Spider roll is a favorite, as well as the spicy tuna roll for only $5. 10208 N. Division St., Suite 105 • 290-5573 •

The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar Formerly Raw Sushi, the Wave morphed from Raw's Hawaiian-Sushi fusion into a Hawaiian-Sushi-American sports bar. Customers at The Wave can bite into a burger, follow it with a sushi roll and partake in the sweet sounds of amateur karaoke, while watching Monday Night Football on one of 22 HD screens. Restaurant workers in Spokane tend to have a special fondness for The Wave: On Mondays, it gives anyone from the service industry 25 percent off. 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 •

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