When the teppanyaki style of cooking -- the Japanese cut-and-cook-in-front-of-your-eyes style -- hit St. Louis, sushi was still a foreign concept, reserved only for those with real culinary courage. Now that sushi has gone mainstream, you might expect such a restaurant to move front and center in this category. But the entertainment factor of Robata's still plays big. Certainly it doesn't hurt that they've added California rolls to their menu.
1. Robata of Japan 2. Nobu's 3. Kobe Steak House 4. Sansui 5. Tachibana