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Sozo means creative in Japanese, and this neighborhood sushi bar in Pleasanton lives up to the name. There¹s always a buzz in the dining room, which is populated by regulars and decorated with a whimsical variety of lamps‹red cylinders above the bar, round bamboo lanterns by the window, and square and oval ones on the wall. Sure, you could order the classics here: unagi (barbecued eel) or spicy tuna hand rolls. But why, when the menu boasts 30 ³creative maki² rolls? Options range from the Marilyn Monroll‹with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, and a creamy sauce‹to the Three Amigos‹tuna, salmon, and hamachi paired with cucumber and avocado, and topped with a spicy sauce‹to the Monterey‹a mix of shrimp and jalapeños. Lunch Mon.Fri., dinner Mon.Sat.
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