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Chizu Japanese Steak & Seafood House

She may not have been the city’s first sushi restaurant, but Chizu is certainly the oldest still in operation under the same owner. At a time when many in the River City thought raw fish was reserved for bait, the chefs at Chizu were stuffing rolls with eel, shrimp, squid and other delights from the sea. Sure, the interior could use a makeover. But the action at the teppanyaki tables still sizzles, including the mini volcano made from a stack of onion slices. Sit on the floor in traditional Japanese fashion or at a table, grab a fork or a pair of chopsticks—it all tastes good.

1227 3rd St. S., Jacksonville Beach, 241-8455

After more than 26 years, Chizu moved from Beach Boulevard to Penman Road. And it took only 11 days to get back up and running, thanks to the efforts of head sushi chef Sieu Do, owners Cindy Ramalho and Bobby Nakajima, and head teppan chef Art Singivipulya. Photo: Brad Stookey, 2010