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This was the scene downtown at 3rd and Broadway, next to the Spreckels Theater.

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Except this crowd has nothing to do with rock stars or showbiz.

They’re lining up to get into Sushi Deli 2.

What is it about this place (Sushi Deli 2, 135 Broadway between 1st and 2nd Avenues, 619-233-3072) that makes this a nightly occasion. Every chef’s erotic dream.

A rough sampling of the crowd.

John: “It’s the prices.”

Hayley: “It’s the prices, and the amount you get. It’s huge.”

Anna: “It’s the food and the atmosphere. Just look around you. Everybody’s always kind of excited. We know who we are.”

Kevin: “Look, it’s nice, the food isn’t bad, and you get plenty, but bottom line, it’s the, well, prices."

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Spare a thought for poor Baja Fresh, next door.

All those people right outside the door, so near, but so far.

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Comments

Ian Pike Jan. 10, 2013 @ 9:07 a.m.

Such bad sushi.....such low prices....so much food.....love....hate....Sushi Deli.

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Ed Bedford Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3:16 a.m.

Hey, and let's not forget 99-cent Bud Lights. Wish I knew more about sushi so I could judge it properly. All I remember is those 4 great mussels with spicy mayo for $2.50 that I had back in May. Let's do a visit!

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Ian Pike Jan. 11, 2013 @ 7 a.m.

I do have a soft spot for Sushi Deli, 'tis true. Almost always get a $2.50 green mussel dynamite when I'm there. I actually think the sweet plum wine is the ultimate Sushi Deli drink, but the under-a-buck beers and sake are tough to beat too.

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