The Best Grocery Store Sushi, According to Reddit

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Sushi isn’t generally a dish people grab from a grocery store, since there’s more reliability and reassurance of quality and taste when purchased from or enjoyed at a restaurant. Yet, there’s no denying that sushi is expensive, which makes it hard to justify the cost of dining out and indulging in your favorite rolls, nigri and sashimi regularly.

But what if those sushi cravings hit and you're trying to stick to a budget? Luckily, it's possible to find freshly-made sushi rolls, sashimi, and poke bowls in the prepared foods section at many local grocery stores and warehouse clubs. Prices can vary depending on the store, along with quality, sourcing, taste, freshness, flavor. While it’s hard to turn down a bargain, it’s also not worth risking your health and safety when it comes to raw fish, which is why it's still important to consider where you're buying it from.

As for which grocery store offers the best sushi, factors including budget, accessibility, and proximity can make a difference. But, according to Redditors and customers, there’s one grocery store that makes notably better—and affordable—sushi than others.

Where to Find the Best Grocery Store Sushi

Maximilian Stock Ltd./Photolibrary/Getty Images Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls (Makizushi)
Maximilian Stock Ltd./Photolibrary/Getty Images Tuna Salad Sushi Rolls (Makizushi)

Many customers agree that Publix, Whole Foods, and Kroger are the three best grocery stores for sushi due to freshness, quality, and variety. However, Whole Foods can be fairly expensive and not necessarily in budget for all shoppers. Publix is a closer runner up, as there were several positive reviews and comments about the sushi selection, including its $5 sushi roll deals on Wednesdays. (It applies to select items, usually the cream cheese sushi rolls and California rolls.)

Kroger wins the title as the best supermarket for sushi, with many users saying they enjoy the wallet-friendly sushi because it doesn’t compromise on quality or flavor. And shoppers are definitely flocking to the grocery store chain for fresh raw fish—Kroger has even become America's top sushi seller.

Redditor Halolavopigz wrote in a thread, “I’ve eaten a ton of Kroger sushi and never gotten sick; and as far as quality goes it’s fair for the price.”  Another user named Neravariine added that “Kroger sushi is good enough to handle a craving. They make it in the store and the grade of fish is good enough.” However, the user did note some inconsistency. “Size of the fish varies but my local one tends to put thicker slices of tuna/salmon on the nigiri which can throw off the flavor balance sometimes.”

Kroger offers a nice variety, too, according to Redditor Arcane_Oppossum. “My local Kroger used to make sushi, and they even had unagi.” Another user agreed and commented in the thread, “I’ve had a spicy roll and a poke bowl from Kroger and enjoyed both.”

So, if Whole Foods and Publix aren’t suitable for your wallet or location, head to Kroger if you can for sushi—you’ll likely be pretty pleased with your decision.

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