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Entry from September 05, 2007
Houston Roll (sushi)

Various Japanese restaurants in Houston and throughout the country have offered sushi called a “Houston Roll.” The ingredients are not standard, but it most popularly includes tuna, cream cheese and jalapeño wrapped in soy paper. The “Houston roll” has been offered since at least the 1990s.


Sakura (Houston, TX)
Houston Roll: (6) … Tuna, Salmon and Yellow Tail with Special Mayonnaise Sauce. 6.95

Kubo’s Sushi Bar and Grill (Houston, TX)
Houston Roll (5) $7.00

Asahi Sushi & Steakhouse (Houston, TX)
Houston Roll 6.95

Doubletree Hotel Overland Park
Kona Grill
(Restaurants - Sushi)
444 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City 64112 • 816-931-5888
Description: COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA. Kona Grill has created quite a stir by successfully pairing a varied sushi and sashimi menu with enticing, full-sized entrees. Stylish, elegant light fixtures illuminate modern wooden chairs and a bar, behind which tropical fish glide through a 2,000-gallon aquarium. Crowd-pleasing macadamia nut chicken, pan-seared ahi, and baked sea bass top the menu, or you can spice up your meal with a Houston roll: tuna, cream cheese, and jalapeno wrapped in soy paper.

Sammy’s Asian Gourmet (New York City)
Houston Roll spicy white tuna topped with spicy crunchy tuna 9.95

Google Groups: alt.food.sushi
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From: Sheryl
Date: 1997/12/08
Subject: Re: New York Roll?

Not the East Coast, but here in Houston at Kaneyama, a Houston Roll is Yellowtail, Tuna and Salmon (yum!!).

Google Groups: alt.food.sushi
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From: Sheryl
Date: 1999/12/23
Subject: Re: Non-Raw Sushi

Many of the rolls are given names by the particular restaurant.  I learned that what one place calls a Houston roll (here in Houston) is totally different than what another places gives the same name.  So my recommendation is to read the menu, and if doesn’t say exactly what the ingredients are, ask.

Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2006
At Masa Sushi, it’s always happy Thursday
(...)
From the regular menu, I tried a simple Houston Roll of yellowtail seasoned with green onion, and it was perfectly fine, but it had none of the startling immediacy of the toro or the live scallop. 

Glaucusapfelstrudel’s Weblog
August 26th, 2007 August 28, 2007
Filed under: food — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 5:36 am

What I learned today
Some sushi is wrapped in soy paper, not seaweed.

Jason and I had an awesome sushi lunch at Kona Grill in Scottsdale Fashion Square. We tried several different types of sushi but the one I liked best was called a “Houston Roll”. It was tuna, cream cheese and jalapeño wrapped in soy paper. The soy paper was bright yellow and moist. It had a consistency similar to seaweed, but no flavor at all really. I loved the flavors mixed together with the crisp crunch and bite of the jalapeño pepper slice. Yum! I love sushi!

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