2035 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sushi Vic, as this tiny sushi place is commonly referred to, is a great spot for fish on a budget. Mainly because they always have quality cuts, and they put plenty of care into the preparation.
If you are not budget conscious, the specialty rolls are really worth the money.
If you ARE budget conscious, or are just looking to scratch that sushi itch over lunch, the three rolls for $11 deal is tough to beat. Just make sure you are there just before or just after the lunch rush, because there are literally only about eight seats.
The fish is always fresh and beautiful here.
If you are looking for water, or seaweed salad, you must take matters into your own hands. By the front there is a refreshment station, as well as a cooler with cold salads. They are cheap (about $3-4) and they are delicious.
If you go with a friend, get two of the roll specials, and you can diversify your lunchtime take. From top left clockwise we have a Philly roll (salmon and cream cheese), a yellowtail scallion hand roll (best value), a yellowtail scallion maki, shrimp tempura, eel, and spicy tuna. Nothing on here is exotic, but it is all pretty damn good when you are looking to cram your gut with nori, fish, and rice.
Hand rolls are always a favorite, as you usually end up with a good portion of fish, which lets you get a good taste of your favorites.
Vic is not the most mind-blowing, cutting edge sushi place around, but it is a solid choice for a reasonably priced, Americanized sushi feast in center city.