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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Hour at Blue Ocean Sushi: Roll Up to Nerd Paradise

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Assorted sushi during happy hour. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Assorted sushi during happy hour. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Correction: This post originally listed Blue Ocean's old address and phone number. The information below is correct.

The Place: Blue Ocean Sushi (6335 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6477)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Deal: Two-for-one domestic beer, wine and house sake. Each day also features a different food special as follows: $1 nigiri sushi on Mondays, free appetizer with entree on Tuesdays, $5 regular rolls and $7 special rolls on Wednesdays, four all-you-can-eat specials for the price of three on Thursdays.

Inside the entrance.
  • Inside the entrance.

The Scene: From the outset, Blue Ocean Sushi is an otaku's dream. Astroboy greets visitors at the door, while Dr. Wily and Megaman wait at the entrance. Inside, the walls feature characters primarily from Japanese pop culture -- think Dragonball, Gundam and Totoro. Pac-Man makes an appearance behind the bar, too. Patrons don't have to get all the references to enjoy the whimsical atmosphere, though. In any case, the colorful cartoons lighten up the glowing corner space.

A dining room full of anime classics.
  • A dining room full of anime classics.

The Food: My dining companion and I relish rolls, so we decided to try the Wednesday deal. Play your cards right to get the most bang for your buck here, and save up to $3 on regular rolls and $5 on special rolls. With more than 50 different types ranging from simple (California) to exaggerated ("Take A Chance," served on fire), Blue Ocean doesn't skimp on options. To coincide the restaurant's theme, the names of several rolls reference nerdy themes: "Klingon Roll" and "Naruto Roll," for instance.

Did Blue Ocean Sushi make the grade? Find out on the next page.

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