[heading] by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography [/heading]

It seems like every corner you turn there is another new sushi restaurant to try, and with San Diegans always seeking the freshest sushi spot around, it’s a tough industry. Encinitas Sushi Lounge is here to stay on top of its game. With its casual and welcoming environment, the place sings to the beachy San Diego crowd. And, by offering quality and fresh ingredients it keeps them coming back for more.

Business partners, Frank Interlandi and Katie Rooney started their interest six years ago after breaking off from another local sushi eatery in search of their own venture. “We reached a point where upward progress was no longer an option and we felt we could have success on our own, as we love the industry and cuisine,” said Rooney. “We are thrilled to have our doors open in Encinitas.”

From the start, Frank and Katie knew that in order to succeed, Encinitas Sushi Lounge would need to appeal to the masses. Today, it looks like they got it right with the grand opening of the Encinitas location. “I think we have been able to really capture all demographics through some aspect – the music, the wine and sake, the service, etc…” said Rooney.

The restaurant prides itself on offering a “fresh alternative with emphasis on the freshest ingredients.” With this mantra in mind, they have a “well-trained staff who knows how to spot product that is not up to PSL standards,” said Rooney, “it’s truly a group effort.”

The most popular item on the menu is the Tsunami Roll – grilled shrimp, asparagus, avocado and crab, topped with Cajun Albacore. Another customer favorite: the specialty sashimi dishes, such as the Citrus Chili Yellowtail and the Peppered Ahi. A gluten free menu and kid’s menu are also available.

And the rave reviews are in. Encinitas Sushi Lounge already has 4.5 stars for reviews on Yelp with customers praising sushi, service and atmosphere. Their sister restaurant in Poway was voted Best Sushi by signonsandiego.com readers, won “Sushi Wars” on Channel 6, was a multiple winner of Channel 10’s “A-list,” and has been recognized by various local papers. “We really strive to be leaders in our industry,” said Rooney. “We are consistent with sourcing the best product and staying true to what we have always done, which is provide a place for anyone to come in and enjoy the freshest sushi.”

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Name: Encinitas Sushi Lounge
Owner: Frank Interlandi & Katie Rooney
Manager: Steven Town
Established: 2012
Address: 461 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, 92024 (in the Santa Fe Plaza)
Phone: 760-633-2299
Website: www.EncinitasSushiLounge.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EncinitasSushiLounge
Email: Katie@powaysushilounge.com

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