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The most popular eatery on Broadway?

I’m betting this place right next to the Spreckels Theater. Sushi Deli 2.

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And picky eaters will say snooty things like “Oh it's just Cali-sushi.” Me: It’s good honest Japanese eats for really good honest prices.

Today when I go by, there’s a crowd outside like a movie star has turned up. The group clustered by the entrance, Roger, Charlene, Cassandra, Ashley and Rick, say what I say. It’s always a good deal, and the atmosphere’s kinda easygoing Japanese.

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Charlene, Rick, Roger, Ashley, Cassandra, shivering outside

And did we mention the deals?

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Plus, anytime, six-piece chicken katsu for $3.99. Or – down to basics - teriyaki chicken with rice and salad and miso soup, $4.99.

Not to mention Bud Light drafts for 99 cents.

So this is the deal. If you’re going somewhere in the Gaslamp - say, Nobu, heh heh - go here first. Then when those hi-rent-laden menus get slapped before you, you can honestly say “Think I’ll just have an app. Not that hungry.”

But remember: the one thing you need lots of is time. Evenings, that line outside often starts at 4.30 p.m., and the evening session doesn't start till five.

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