Restaurant offers items for sushi lovers and non-sushi eaters
When SOB – which stands for Sushi or Burger – was preparing to open, I was excited to have another place in the area that offered sushi because it’s not something you can get many places locally.
The new restaurant, located at 612 Fourth St. in Peru, didn’t open until February and, unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to go before restaurants were shut down because of COVID-19 precautions.
I finally got my opportunity recently and it didn’t disappoint.
The main draw for me is the sushi, and one neat feature of the restaurant is you can see the chefs preparing the rolls.
The restaurant offers classic rolls, house rolls and “weird” rolls, and we sampled from each category.
One member of our group had the classic California ($6) and Philly lox ($7), which featured smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, avocado and bagel seasoning.
Another had the Shrimp Kicker ($8), prepared with tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, jalapeņo, cream cheese and SOB sauce, and another ordered The I&M ($15), which contained tempura shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, SOB sauce, unagi and sweet Thai chili sauce.
All the flavors in each roll came together nicely, and the sauces, especially the sweet Thai chili, really kicked them up a notch.
We also ordered the BBQishi ($9) for an appetizer from the “weird” rolls, which were sushi rolls without seafood.
This one had pulled pork, tempura onions, Korean barbecue and French fries, all deep-fried and topped with creamy slaw. It was certainly unique and tasty and great for non-seafood eaters who want to get the sushi experience.
The other non-seafood rolls include tempura portabella, tempura chicken, beef and vegetables.
We had one non-seafood or sushi eater in our group, but no worries for him or folks like him, there are plenty of options.
He had a build-your-own burger ($7) and truffle fries ($6). SOB offers a variety of unique burgers, such as a PB & Jam, Cubano and even a burger between two bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches.
SOB also serves mac and cheese, non-burger sandwiches, ramen, salads and a variety of appetizers from goat cheese balls to crispy pork belly to miso soup.
Of course, you can’t have a dinner without drinks.
SOB has a nice selection of beers and wines, but also provides a unique specialty drink menu, including Girlie Drink ($9), a cocktail with vodka, strawberry puree, fresh line, rock candy syrup and club soda, which was a hit among our group.
To top things off, we ordered two desserts: the apple pie egg rolls served with vanilla ice cream, and the dessert of the week, which was a tempura brownie with vanilla ice cream.
Both were delicious caps to the meal.
The atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable, our server, Kat, was very friendly and attentive and offered excellent recommendations, and, most importantly, the food and drinks were delicious.
IF YOU GO
WHERE: 612 Fourth St., Peru