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New sushi restaurant hooks Dallas campus crowd with bacon and burritos

New sushi restaurant hooks Dallas campus crowd with bacon and burritos

New sushi is coming for SMU and me. Photo courtesy of SushiFork

A new sushi restaurant is coming to Dallas from an unexpected place: Tulsa. Called SushiFork, it'll open in the hot college zone of SMU Boulevard east of US 75, on the ground level of the Mockingbird Flats building.

They'll take over the space that used to be World of Beer, and was subsequently home to Verts Mediterranean Grill, which vacated the space in 2017. So far not a great history for that location, but SushiFork could be the one. A company spokesperson says they aim to be open in May.

This will be only the second location of SushiFork, and is being shepherded into town by local franchisee Todd Kuenstler.

The first location opened in Tulsa in early 2017 as a fast-casual concept serving reasonably-priced sushi to aficionados and newbies alike. SushiFork chef Greg Bossler, who has been trained in the art of sushi, wanted to create something that filled the niche between full-service restaurant and supermarket sushi to go.

The menu features standard rolls such as the California roll with krab (not crab), cucumber, and avocado; and a Philly with smoked salmon and cream cheese. They also have a create-your-own option, where you choose your protein, fillings, and toppings. Most rolls are $5 — making this a good option for the student population nearby or anyone who likes cheap sushi.

SushiFork also offers the currently-trending sushi burrito, a cross between a sushi roll and a burrito. Four options include the Kaptain Krunch, with a soy paper wrapping enclosing a filling of tempura shrimp, tempura krab, cream cheese, avocado, and honey-truffle mayo. Three Amigos has tuna, yellowtail, salmon avocado, bacon, lettuce, and spicy mayo. At $11-$13, the burritos are the most expensive items on the menu.

Sides and starters include edamame, kimchi fries, and "wicked tuna nachos," with mango and jalapeno. There is sake, Sapporo beer, and house wine in two options, red and white, for $5.50 a glass.

As far as nearby sushi restaurants go, the closest competition is Sushi Kyoto, which is walking distance from the SMU campus; and Blue Fish, on Greenville Avenue across from the Granada Theater.

But SushiFork is likely the only sushi restaurant where bacon is among the ingredient options. Whether this is a good thing or bad is not for us to say. Just kidding, it's a terrible idea. But amazingly, there are still people who go around saying they LOVE BACON and wear Everything Is Better With Bacon T-shirts as if it's a point of pride, decades after the whole bacon trend peaked.