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• PLACE: Sushi Garden II
• LOCATION: 170 West Monte Vista Avenue in Turlock
• HOURS: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday evenings, 5-9. Closed on Sundays.
• HOW TO GET THERE: From Highway 99, south: Exit the freeway at Monte Vista Avenue, toward Denair. Turn left onto W. Monte Vista Avenua and destination will be on the right.
• INFORMATION: Call 209.634.5420; or visit www.sushi-garden-ii.com.
Upon entering Sushi Garden II in Turlock, customers are immediately greeted with the smiling faces of diners past. A wall covered in pictures of locals who have enjoyed the cuisine at Sushi Garden II are framed near the entrance, a testament to the good service and quality food that keeps customers coming back.
For the past six years Sushi Garden II has been a local hotspot for Turlockers and the surrounding community as its central location near California State University, Stanislaus and Geer Road shopping makes it an easy stop for lunch or dinner. Sushi rolls are the most popular item to order at Sushi Garden II and the complex and flavorful items are carefully crafted by chefs behind the bar. Customers seated at the bar can even watch the chefs create each handmade roll providing entertainment in and of itself as the chefs cut, stuff and roll the rice, fish and vegetable to make the perfect bite. The menu at Sushi Garden II also includes photos so customers know exactly what they are ordering, whether they are choosing a classic item or a more adventurous selection.
“Our most popular roles are the Oh My God roll, the Lion King and the Turlock roll. A lot of people also like fish so the raw fish dishes, or sashimi, are very popular and very fresh,” said Holly Gallo, manager at Sushi Garden II.
While the restaurant may specialize in fish, Sushi Garden II also has plenty of offering for locals looking for alternative meals. The house made teriyaki sauce is a local favorite as it is not only drizzled over several rolls but also coats the grilled chicken, beef or salmon as part of the popular teriyaki lunch special. For only $9, locals can enjoy tempura vegetables, California rolls, fresh vegetables and the teriyaki meat of their choice.
“Everyone loves the teriyaki sauce and we have a really good deal on our lunch special which is a lot of food,” said Gallo. “A lot of people like to order the California roll or chicken teriyaki as a beginner, so the lunch special is a good place to start.”
Sushi Garden II is located at 170 West Monte Vista Avenue in Turlock. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and only evenings on Saturdays. Sushi Garden II is closed on Sundays.