Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka takes great pride in his creative constructions, and often takes them even further with collaboration. For example, he recently created a “Drum Roll” inspired by Questlove - like a cheesesteak, it matches provolone cheese with beef and is served with cherry peppers on the side (128 S. 19th St.; 215-568-1027).
A must-try for the the adventurous sushi eater, chef Alex McCoy’s Godzilla takes maki to the realm of sweet-with-savory, pairing eel and shrimp with strawberry, macadamias and avocado. Other rolls feature unorthodox ingredients like cherries, blueberry balsamic vinegar and apricot miso (533 N. Second St.; 215-988-0707).
The longtime Northeast favorite now has a second branch in Center City, and both outposts serve nearly three dozen kinds of traditional maki. For more excitement, check out the “fusion” section, where you’ll find a Cap’n Crunch roll (with tempura flakes), a Nutty roll (battered fish with toasted almond) and a Ben & Jerry roll, in the shape of an ice cream cone (multiple locations).