Aka is a great weekend sushi spot - with their ""reverse happy hour"" and sleek decor, you feel a bit like you're at a trendy nightspot, but without being pretentious. They take reservations, but with or without, you'll probably have to wait a few minutes to grab one of their just-more-than-a-handful of tables. But, there's a few seats at the bar (where there always seems to be a few people having a fantastic time), and seats by the door, where they sometimes bring you a snack while you wait. \r
Once seated, you can peruse their huge menu of sushi and japanese specialties. Their seaweed salad and miso soup are perfect starters, along with their warm edamame. The sushi is always fresh, their California roll melts in your mouth, but their specialty rolls are where they really shine - the Red Moon roll is perfect if you like spicy, and their baked scallop roll is sinfully delcious. However, there is something about their spicy tuna that I don't care for - it's like TOO spicy or something. A letdown for such a standard roll. \r
Aka is a great place for a group dinner, there are lots of birthdays there, and people linger over drinks long after the food is gone. One large group birthday dinner I recently attended lead to some creative ordering - an off-the-menu ikizukuri special (sushi that's served live!). I tried it, it was like really chewy calamari, but with the ""crunch"" of the live fish muscle. Probably won't be trying it again!\r
Oh, and the parking is pretty limited, especially on weekends. Watch out for the street parking - my friends got their spare tire stolen off their jeep.
Pros: Fresh sushi, good service, good for groups
Cons: Limited parking