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Perfect for parties or large groups, Hana Japan is the Medieval Times of teppan-style cooking: It’s all about the show. The small dining room is always crowded and dim as chefs prepare hibachi steak, chicken, and seafood at each table, showcasing their knife skills, juggling, and humor. Dinner comes with salad, soup, rice, vegetables, and a couple of appetizer shrimp, the latter often tossed by the chef into the mouth of one brave volunteer. You’ll hear the song “Happy Birthday to You” at least five times while you eat—the free meal and pineapple boat dessert are a local birthday tradition, and after your party you can add a photo to the imposing collage in the lobby. Reservations are recommended, and small parties may be seated with others to fill up a table. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily.
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