Tired of picking up ho-hum sushi at the grocery store? Then treat yourself to some of the best rolls in the state at these five sushi spots. You’ll find great selections and even better atmospheres.

Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar, Orange Beach
Cosmo’s is a pleasantly unexpected source for sushi. Arrive early, as the wait is known to get lengthy. With occasional live music, a spacious outside patio and relaxed atmosphere, Cosmo’s is a great place to go for a laid-back meal. Try the classic California rolls or get a little funky with a Creole roll – filled with andouille sausage and grilled green onions.

Lek’s Taste of Thailand, Montgomery
For a consistently good sushi selection, head to Lek’s. Located in an old train station, it’s an ideal place for a casual lunch date or an evening gathering. And if the weather is right, you can enjoy the outdoor patio. The vegetables are crispy and the meat is flavorful. Not sure where to start? We recommend the Railroad Roll or the Bama Crunch Roll, but whatever you choose is sure to be good.

Ocean, Birmingham
If you’re after a more sophisticated sushi experience, try Ocean. It features an upscale, contemporary atmosphere with a sushi menu full of inspired rolls. The chefs use only the freshest ingredients, carefully sourced, to ensure the best possible quality in every dish. For a truly indulgent experience, try the spicy tuna tempura bonbons.

I Love Sushi, Huntsville
If you love sushi, try I Love Sushi in Huntsville – makes sense, right? Just the names on the menu are reason enough to make a stop, with options like the Caterpillar Roll and the Roll Tide Roll. The ambience is inviting, the service is great and, more importantly, the menu is exceptional, including during happy hour.

5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, Birmingham
Try out the newest restaurant on our list, 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar. An oyster bar, yes, but also the latest and greatest place in Birmingham to get your sushi fix. With Edison lights hanging from the ceiling and long high-top tables, it’s just the place to gather with friends to share a meal. The sushi is becoming famous around town for being the best, so be sure to arrive early or make reservations in advance.

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