City Pop Sushi offers downtown dwellers a streamlined menu of sushi and pearl tea

The only thing more vibrant than the murals in the East 12th Street spot is the sushi itself.

Like the vibrant murals that adorn the walls of City Pop Sushi, the new downtown restaurant isn’t afraid to be a little colorful. Since opening in May at the former Vintage Tea restaurant, owner Bryson Strowder has chosen to keep their sushi and bubble tea menu simplified. But there are plenty of surprises to discover on the small menu which is well suited on the spot (there is a bar and two tables) or on the go. With a focus on temaki sushi (an individual cone-shaped serving), customers can choose from traditional options like a California roll or a Philadelphia roll ($ 7 each), two stellar choices here. But with an affordable 2 for $ 10 deal, you can also venture into new territory with choices like the Cheese Steak Roll ($ 7) filled with Beef and Red Peppers or the Bacon and Prosciutto Roll ( $ 7). A meat-based combo, it tastes like a nice cold cut board rolled up into one bite. To wash it off, be sure to order one of the bubble teas ($ 5), available in a variety of flavors such as rootbeer float or pina colada. The fun atmosphere (arcade game? Check it out.) And easy-to-navigate menu make this restaurant shine.

When you go: 1816 E. 12th St., Cleveland, 216-465-1114

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