Old Town's Bumblefish specializes in fresh grab-and-go sushi on the bustling corner of King and Washington streets. The bright and airy restaurant stocks what it calls "neo-Asian fast food" in a case up front that is constantly replenished during the lunch rush.
The offerings are fairly standard and well priced, though the rolls can be heavy on the rice. To help identify the selections, boxes bear color-coded stickers marked Veggie, Cooked or Raw, along with the name of the roll.
Most sushi selections and rolls are served a la carte, but a dozen rolls are available only in combos that include a choice of miso soup or bottled water. The Sushi Deluxe Combo features eight pieces, including tuna, salmon, eel and whitefish. The popular Dragon Roll Combo layers broiled eel and avocado atop a California Roll.
Many of the cooked rolls have jazzy names, such as the 'Eeling Groovy Roll and the Livin' La Vida Lobster Combo with lobster, cucumber and spicy mayonnaise. If a selection is unavailable in the front display, cheerful servers will create custom orders.
The cafe also prepares a well-rounded selection of non-sushi items: salads, edamame and spring rolls, to name a few. Dumplings abound in gyoza and shu mai styles with four fillings. Buckwheat soba noodle and udon noodle soups can be ordered hot or cold. Bubble teas make an enticing finishing touch.
-- Erin Hartigan (Updated March 13, 2012)