The Daily Meal recently published our Best Sushi in America roundup for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we started by reaching out to leading culinary authorities to ask what their favorite sushi restaurants are, and we supplemented those suggestions with sushi restaurants featured in local reviews and pre-existing regional and local rankings. Although many of these restaurants also serve a menu of traditional Japanese food, we stressed that the primary focus must be on sushi. We then took that list of 112 restaurants from across the country and built a survey, with the restaurants separated by region. We invited our group of trusted panelists, comprising chefs, bloggers, journalists, and other culinary authorities, to vote for their favorites. Our final list showcased the 35 best, with one from New Orleans scoring the #32 spot.
Yes, great sushi can be found in New Orleans — in the Warehouse District, to be exact. The expansive menu at Horinoya offers appetizers like fried oysters with tonkatsu sauce and grilled yellowtail neck, entrées like lobster tempura and eight types of soba and udon, and nigiri options including Hokki clam, bow fin caviar, and toro.
Horinoya was ranked #32 in our compilation, and without any local competition mentioned on the list, it is unequivocally home to the best sushi in New Orleans.