Wednesday, March 11, 2015
How Do You Roll? That's How We Roll... in Conway.
She sings the praises of her favorite sushi spots, Tokyo House in Little Rock and Umami in Conway, constantly. The former offers her the luxury of pieces of a dozen different rolls in a sitting. The latter has a Black Dragon roll they don't even need to ask if she wants when she goes. She has become such a familiar at both places that they welcome her by name.
Sure, we have other sushi haunts, such as Igibon and Mt. Fuji and Sushi Cafe... but we have been pretty regular about hitting just those joints as of late. So, on a recommendation, we decided to try Conway's hip, chic How Do You Roll? on a Saturday lunchtime.
That, in itself, could be troublesome to newcomers, since the place's big draw is choose-your-own sushi. As in, pick your protein and three vegetables (which includes cream cheese, tofu and seasonal fruit) and a topping to go on the top. Or inside, if you're getting a hand roll, er, CONE as they put it. There are, in fact, so many items on the menu that for a first-time visitor, I found myself staring dumbfounded at the menu while Hunter debated her own choices. No Black Dragon roll here, she soon discovered.
This lead to the possibility of, well, anything. Which, if you know exactly what you want, is a great thing. Or, if you're like me on a Saturday where V8 has been the only thing consumed since five in the morning, you stare dumbly and hope the hipsters and college students who slide by to the register don't think you're too much of a square. Is the term "square" still used that way? I haven't a clue.
Ramune, which she could see in the cooler behind the register (the young lady said they just referred to it as Japanese soda) and ordered an eel-avocado-carrot-cucumber roll with tempura bits. I went for a Bento, which at first seemed a bit high at $13. Seemed. We were given a card with a number on it to put on a stand wherever we sat. It had trivia on it.
As we waited, we chatted. Hunter got excited when she heard the music overhead switch to the new Fall Out Boy's tune called Centuries, which
The Bento I'd ordered was.... well, the portions were larger than I thought. How Do You Roll? offers their bentos as a roll, a hand roll -- er, I'm sorry, cone (they call it), and two appetizers.
Hunter, of course, was all about my seaweed salad and helped herself to plenty of it. And still, between the two of us, there was just too much.
Now, I was trying whatever came along, so I chose the Beefinator for my roll. I guess I was expecting something more similar to The Cowboy at Sushi Cafe or the Beef Roll
So, when we left, I pulled out my phone and played Tom's Diner on it. I haven't listened to it in about a decade or more. Strangely, it struck me as maybe more my writing style. I mean, after all, she doesn't really talk about the food.
That has very little to do with anything, but there you go. Go see what you think about How Do You Roll? and share your thoughts.
How Do You Roll?
1700 Altus Street Suite 105
Conway, AR 72032