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How Many Japanese Restaurants Are There in the US?

According to Restaurantji, there are around 19,000 Japanese restaurants in the United States. These restaurants are concentrated in California (20% of all Japanese restaurants), New York (8,2%), Florida (7,2%), and Washington (4,5%). These were the areas where Japanese immigrants first arrived or where Japanese citizens preferred to live.

Interestingly, Texas (6%) stands out even though it didn't historically have a large Japanese immigrant population. However, the Japanese population in Texas has grown steadily over the last decade, so more Japanese restaurants have opened there too.

California tops the list and is known for inventing the popular California roll back in the 1960s by a Japanese chef. The 2022 Michelin Guide for California also awarded stars to 25 restaurants in Los Angeles, with 10 of them being Japanese restaurants. This shows just how popular Japanese cuisine is in that state.

Twenty-four U.S. states have fewer than 1% of the total number of Japanese restaurants, with the lowest numbers in Vermont, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Montana. Each of these five states has fewer than 30 Japanese restaurants (approximately 0,1%).

Japanese restaurants are moderately priced – more than 5,000 restaurants are rated “$” on Restaurantji, and more than 12,000 are “$$”.

History of Japanese Cuisine in the USA

Japanese restaurants first appeared in the late 1800s when Japanese immigrants arrived seeking opportunities. Early restaurants adapted dishes like beef teriyaki to American tastes. As Japanese culture became known, restaurants specialized in traditional cuisine. An early important figure was Ichiroku Maejima, who opened restaurant Maikoya serving sukiyaki and tempura in 1894 in San Francisco. Sushi's global popularity started with Japanese Americans after WWII, then spread through Japanese restaurants from the 1950s, and dedicated sushi bars in the 1960s, especially in California.

What Makes Japanese Cuisine Unique?

Japanese cuisine is revered for unique ingredients, innovative flavors, and cultural history. It identified the fifth taste "umami" - a savory deliciousness from cooked meat and seaweed. Contrary to assumptions, Japanese food is lightly seasoned to let natural flavors shine through, using pickled ginger, wasabi or soy sauce to highlight, not mask, ingredients.

Why is Japanese Food Popular in the US?

One reason is it offers something new and exciting. Another is the great, unique flavors. Japanese restaurants also tend to be affordable, making them accessible. These factors together contribute to the popularity of Japanese restaurants in the USA.

Most Popular Japanese Dishes in the US and Canada

Restaurantji collects millions of online reviews on millions of restaurant profiles. We decided to make use of this huge amount of information and find out which Japanese dishes are praised the most in users' positive reviews:

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki chicken is chicken breasts cooked with a sweet teriyaki sauce, usually served over rice. Though it seems Japanese, teriyaki chicken actually started in America. The name "teriyaki" is Japanese, but teriyaki chicken is different from traditional Japanese teriyaki dishes. In Japan, "teriyaki" refers to a simple sauce used for grilling fish. The sauce has soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, and ginger. It's not syrupy or thick. Japanese people don't see teriyaki as special restaurant food - it's just a homemade dish.

Japanese immigrants in America created the teriyaki chicken dish we know today. They altered the teriyaki fish marinade to make a quicker meat dish with a sweet, sticky sauce. Exactly when and where this happened is unclear.

Users recommend these places for the best Teriyaki Chicken:

Kobé Japanese Steakhouse in Altamonte Springs, FL

Little Ninja Hibachi Express Grill in Abilene, TX

Happy Teriyaki & Sushi in Bremerton, WA

Miso Soup

Miso soup originated in China and came to Japan 1,300 years ago. It’s very popular in Japan, with more than 75% of people eating it daily. It became a common food for samurai warriors long ago because an instant miso paste was made for them to easily prepare the soup. Miso soup contains a fish and seaweed broth base called dashi, and a fermented soybean and grain paste called miso paste. The paste gives the soup its main flavor - red miso is stronger tasting, and white miso is milder. Other ingredients like tofu, veggies, or seafood can be added. The soup is usually served in small portions alongside a main dish like rice.

These places pop up the most when talking about a perfect Miso:

Kobé Japanese Steakhouse in Orlando, FL

Sumo Japanese Restaurant (All-You-Can-Eat) in Tacoma, WA

Uni Sushi and Ramen Lansing in East Lansing, MI

Edamame

Edamame are boiled soybeans eaten from the pod. Soybeans came to Japan from China in the 8th century. For centuries, they were used to make soy sauce, miso, and tofu. Later, people in Japan started boiling fresh edamame as a snack or side dish. Edamame are high in vitamins, fiber, and healthy compounds.

Restaurantji recommends these restaurants:

Saii Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar in Oklahoma City, OK

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Sugar Land, TX

Nami Lily Sushi & Ramen in South Jordan, UT

California Roll

The California roll was created in 1960s Los Angeles to replace tuna with avocado and crab. It contains avocado, cucumber, and crab rolled in seaweed with sushi rice. The California roll is the most popular sushi roll in America, despite better sushi options existing.

The best California Roll is served here, based on collected online reviews:

FUJIMURA BUFFET & SUSHI in Coral Springs, FL

Trapper's Sushi in Federal Way, WA

Volcano Steak & Sushi in Hiram, GA

Gyoza

Gyoza are Japanese dumplings with juicy fillings like ground meat, cabbage, chives, ginger, and garlic in a thin crispy wrapper. Gyoza originated from Chinese dumplings but changed over time in Japan. They are a cheap, popular Japanese food.

Gyoza are a type of dumpling but differ in shape, wrappers, and cooking method from some other dumplings. The small, thin gyoza wrappers allow the outside to get crispy when pan-fried. In Japan, gyoza are almost always pan-fried and served with a dipping sauce.

Some of the best restaurants offering Gyoza:

107 Taste FIU in Miami, FL

Sushi Masa Lakeland in Lakeland, FL

The Sushi Samurai (100% Vegan) in Seattle, WA

What is Sushi?

Sushi is a Japanese dish made of vinegared rice, usually topped with ingredients like raw or cooked fish and vegetables. The most well-known sushi has raw fish. There are also vegetarian options. It can be an appetizer or main course. Outside Japan, sushi is sometimes mistakenly thought to only mean the raw fish itself, but in Japan, raw sliced fish alone is called sashimi, distinct from sushi.

Is Japanese Cuisine Healthy?

Japanese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest in the world. A traditional Japanese diet is balanced with more fish than red meat, pickled and fermented foods, lots of vegetables, and small portions of rice. Raw fish dishes are common. The diet has little processed food and lower sugar intake. This makes the Japanese diet low in calories and very nutritious, contributing to Japan's long life expectancy.

What is the First Japanese Restaurant in the US?

Maneki in Seattle, WA was the first Japanese restaurant, opening in 1904. It had a sushi bar, tatami rooms, and karaoke. They serve traditional Japanese family-style food and have a homey atmosphere. The restaurant is named after the Maneki-neko lucky cat. When it first opened, it looked like a Japanese castle and staff wore kimonos.

What is National Sushi Day?

June 18th is National Sushi Day. It's a day to celebrate one of the world's most famous dishes that started from a Facebook fan page in 2009. Since then, on June 18th each year, people have an excuse to enjoy sushi.

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