You can get boxed sushi almost anywhere these days, but some otherwise reliable markets can trip up here. Always great when it comes to fish: Fish King. The versatile Japanese-run fish market (also a fine choice for fish and chips) has a huge and tasty spicy tuna roll for only $6. You can even call ahead and order fresh filets of your choice to be cut into sashimi.
Plain tuna is kind of dull, but yellowtail, salmon and albacore are all good. Sometimes you can even get something exotic like mirugai (giant clam) in small quantities.
Japanese markets like Nijiya are a great place to pick up sushi bento. The futomaki rolls are huge and generous, notes pinkshch, and the tempura shrimp rolls are very good as well.
PayorPlay adds that their selection has broadened lately to include dim sum items like cha shu bao (BBQ pork buns), shiu mai and har gow. They might also have Osaka-style battered sushi or salmon eggs with bits of tamago, cucumber and tuna over rice.
Mitsuwa and Marukai are good sources–Dommy loves Mitsuwa’s spicy crab roll, with real crab.
Davina recommends Farm Boy in Sherman Oaks.
Famima stores are popping up like mushrooms. At the one in Pasadena, mr mouther reports the fish is excellent and stands up even without the rice. But whynot had a totally different experience at an unidentified Famima, with way too much rice and tasteless fish.
Surprisingly, Trader Joe’s sushi–gummy, inedible monstrosities–is among the worst out there.
Fish King Seafood & Poultry [East San Fernando Valley]
722 N. Glendale Ave., North of 134 Fwy., Glendale
Mitsuwa Marketplace [Beaches]
3760 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles
Mitsuwa Marketplace [South Bay]
21515 Western Ave
Mitsuwa Marketplace [San Gabriel Valley]
515 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel
Mitsuwa Marketplace [South OC]
665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa
Marukai Pacific Market [South Bay]
1620 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena
Marukai Market [Little Tokyo]
123 S. Onizuka St., Suite 101, Los Angeles
Marukai Corp [Inland of LA]
1420 S. Azusa Ave., West Covina
Farm Boy [East San Fernando Valley]
14107 Riverside Dr., Hazeltine, Sherman Oaks
Famima [South Bay]
22529 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance
1348 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Famima [West Hollywood]
8525 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Famima [Wealthy Westlands]
1465 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles