Why Towson has so many sushi restaurants
I got an invitation yesterday to a press tour of Towson sushi restaurants in September.
It asked these intriguing questions: "Have you ever wondered why there are so many sushi restaurants in Towson and which one is the best?"
Well, yes, actually I have. At least the first question.
Towson is an area that I used to think could support a few more fine-dining restaurants, but I was wrong. ...
Asian restaurants that have sushi seem to flourish, though -- as much as any places are in this economy.
The press tour consists of walking around to four of them and tasting their sushi. The four are Kyodai, the Orient, San Sushi Too and Sushi Hana, which were chosen, the PR person told me, for their "combo of walkability and recommendations."
The press tour showcasing Towson’s sushi restaurants was organized by the Baltimore County Tourism Office. I like the ingenuity of it. There's not even a pretense of news involved, just, hey, come eat sushi and write about our restaurants.
And you know what? I bit, only without eating the sushi. Here I am writing about them. I do want to know why there are so many sushi restaurants in Towson. Does it have to do with the fact that it's essentially a college town, or that it's the beginning of a Little Asia, or what?
Unfortunately when I asked the PR person to tell me why, even though I wouldn't be going on the tour, she said, "I'm not sure myself."
By her count there are 8 to 10 Asian places in Towson, which may be a little vague but they are still surprisingly large numbers.
Update: When I signed on to my work e-mail just now, I got this from Jill Feinberg, Director, Conference and Tourism, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. EL
Some thinking of why there are so many sushi restaurants in Towson:
1. Like the Italian restaurants in Little Italy, they build off each other
2. Popularity of sushi with college students
3. Downtown Towson is a destination for dining and shopping
Sushi/Asian restaurants in and around the area:
The four we will visit:
San Sushi Too, 10 W. Penn Ave
Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar, 1 W. Penn Ave
Sushi Hana, 4 E. Penn Ave
The Orient, 319 York Rd.
Others in the area:
Sushi Ichiban, 1238 Putty Hill Ave
Kikumoto Sushi and Japanese, 510 York Road
Purim Oak Sushi, 321 York Road
Edo Japan, 825 Dulaney Valley Road (at the Towson Town Center)
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)