For either hibachi or sushi, give Milledgeville's Little Tokyo a try

Hibachi chef Nick Sali prepares meals for patrons at their table at Little Tokyo Steakhouse in Milledgeville.
Hibachi chef Nick Sali prepares meals for patrons at their table at Little Tokyo Steakhouse in Milledgeville. Woody Marshall, The Telegraph

When a restaurant mixes great food with a homey atmosphere, the only thing that will result is an enjoyable time. Little Tokyo in Milledgeville has the recipe just right. With food you'd fight for and a mood meant to relax, this Japanese steakhouse will keep everyone coming back for more.

The restaurant is split into two parts. The entrance is at the sushi bar, and a curtain splits it from the hibachi grills. There is a definite Japanese theme in the restaurant. Exciting performances are put on regularly at the grill, but if you are looking for a more intimate and quiet setting then I would eat in the small dining area or at the sushi bar. There aren't many loud noises, just the occasional quiet conversation from a nearby table and the muffled sound of cheers from the grill.

The menu is a combination between hibachi and sushi, with some seafood thrown in there too. The traditional hibachi dinner can be made with a variety of meats. You can get hibachi chicken, shrimp, steak, scallop, salmon and tuna, each between $13.95 and $15.95. The filet mignon and chateaubriand (center cut filet cooked in garlic) will both cost you $17.95 each. And the hibachi lobster will run you a whopping $24.95 - for two tails though. Each hibachi dinner comes with a hibachi shrimp appetizer, salad, vegetables and steamed rice.

Think about what time you want to go, because luch costs half as much as dinner. It costs $2.50 more for fried rice, but if you like it then the meal is worth it. The chicken was flavored and moist but my favorite was the steak. Cooked at medium, it was tender and juicy. One good thing is that the dinner gives you a hearty amount of quality vegetables such as zucchini. No wasted veggie space on this plate; they give you only the good stuff. Appetizers like edamame (boiled soy beans), Japanese egg roll, gyoza and fried soft shell crab are on the menu, ranging between $3.95 and $5.95.

Sushi makes up another big part of the menu. Nigiri sushi ranges from $3 to $5 for one order or 2 pieces each. Varieties of sushi include tuna, yellow tail, salmon, squid, octopus and eel. The roll sushi will give you up to eight pieces in one order. My favorite is the super crunch roll. It was a tad spicy, but nothing too bad - just enough to give your mouth a tingle. The dragon roll, for $7.50, and the rainbow roll, for the same price, both had a little too much texture for my taste. The eel roll at $4.50, however, was a good choice. There are also meals you can order with a mixture of sushi rolls. All the sushi tasted fresh and had great presentation.

So whether you are looking for a quiet night of sushi or an exciting adventure at the hibachi grill, little Tokyo has what you are looking for, plus a little more.

Little Tokyo Steak House

2601 North Columbia St., Milledgeville

Three stars

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 5- 9 p.m. (dinner) Monday-Thursday; 11:30 am-2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 5-10:30 p.m. (dinner) Friday; 5-10:30 p.m. (dinner) Saturday; and noon-2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 5-9:30 p.m. (dinner) Sunday

Phone: (478) 452-8886

Kids meals: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Vegetarian selections: Yes

Handicapped accessible: Yes

Dress: Casual

Reservations: Not needed

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