For some people (my soulmate among them) Heaven is a place where food comes past you in an endless parade, and all you have to do is reach out and take what you want. If such be the case, then Kura Sushi is heaven on earth! The way it works: they place nigirizushi, cut rolls and dessert items on color-coded plates, cover them with plastic domes, and set them on a conveyor belt which circles through the restaurant. (I timed it at 9.5 minutes for a full circuit.) If you see something that you fancy you just take it off the conveyor, remove the dome, enjoy, and set the plate aside. When you're finished they count the empty plates, price them according to color and figure up your bill accordingly. The per-plate prices range from $1.25 to $3.25. They also have 'blackboard' specials which can be made to order by the sushi chefs, and a full menu of Japanese cuisine. It's a tremendous value for the money: a couple can have a very enjoyable dinner for less than $30.00 (tip included). For my part: I love saba (mackerel) and it's one of the $1.25 items. Now that my soulmate and I know of this place - we will never, ever go back to Todai or any other all-you-can-eat sushi place again.
Pros: Great food, great value, very hospitable
Cons: Can get crowded, limited parking