It might not be possible to determine who made the first sushi burrito. It might not matter. But we do know that one of the first outlets to sell sushi burritos, the born-in-2011 LA food truck Jogasaki, has opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant right here in Las Vegas.
You might have missed Jogasaki because it recently popped up in the same southwest strip-mall thing containing local favorites Fukuburger and the Goodwich and fellow SoCal transplant Fist of Fusion Island Grill. It certainly isn’t the first shop to sling sushi burritos in the Vegas Valley, but there’s no questioning its pedigree. It also shares a patio space with Fuku, which means you can meet up with the crew and share burgers, fries, spicy tuna nachos made with Doritos ($7) and matcha green tea churro sticks ($5) in an alfresco food court-style fusion combo that has never before existed on Earth.
At Jogasaki, stick to one of the signature burritos like crab, avocado, cucumber, barbecue eel and sweet eel sauce; choose your size ($7-$8 for chico and $12-$15 for full); and pick an oceanic protein to add, like spicy tuna, yellowtail or salmon. Specialty options include the baby lobster ($8-$15) with crab, asparagus, langostino and sesame dressing or the veggie tempura burrito ($5-$9), a satisfying mix of sweet potato, kabocha and zucchini.
The ingredients are fresh, the flavors are on point and the fountain drinks are Stubborn Sodas, made without artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup. I paired the burrito of the month featuring white fish tempura ($13) with pineapple cream soda—another combo no one’s ever heard of before. This place is fun.
JOGASAKI 7365 S. Buffalo Drive #115, 702-998-8989. Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.