The staff and chefs take an irreverent approach to sushi (female sushi chefs!? It's about time!) to delectable heights. The old favorites are all there, but the maki creations that the Mashiko chefs have put together are absolutely outstanding. While I'm an old hand at sushi, Mashiko makes a difficult from many angles (figuring out what it is, getting over aversions once you know what it is) cuisine accessible to all but the most frigid of palates (and who wants to hang out with those unadventurous jerks anyhow?). Servers are friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. Prices are in line for excellent sushi in the region, but it won't be a bargain meal if you're not there for a light snack.