Owners Chris and Lisa Boyd brings a taste of Okinawa to the city of Grand Junction through a restaurant called No Coast Sushi. The restaurant's name pokes fun for being situated in the land-locked state of Colorado.
Several adventurous entrees come from customers' experience. One roll is named after a customer who works in a barber shop. Sushi Chef Chris pokes fun at her tolerance for eating spicy food by naming the roll after her. Another roll is created just for Lisa's dad, who wants steak in his roll. Naming it surf and turf, this roll is a popular selection among college students, who want a little beef along with their seafood selection.
"We want diners to walk away with a great dining experience, without being overwhelmed but satisfied," Lisa said with a smile.
Food & Drink
Staff with 26 employees, the 99-seat restaurant offers a sushi bar and a full-service bar. Operating behind the scenes, Lisa hosts and talks to all the customers enjoying a leisurely dinner either for a special occasion or healthy dining.
Popular entrees include:
- Poison Ivy: Costing $14, this sushi platter is made with tempura shrimp, crab, and cucumber with avocado, tuna, seaweed salad, smelt roe, eel sauce and dynamite sauce.
- Yakisoba: This noodle dish is created with stir-fried chicken, carrots, napa cabbage and sprouts with thin egg noodles in a light sauce, costing $12.
Adventurous entrees include:
- Seafood Frittata: Better known as Okonomiyaki, Osaka Japana's specialty dish, this egg omelet is made with shrimp, scallops, crab, napa cabbage, sprouts, mushrooms, onions, green onions, dynamite sauce and katsu sauce at $15 an order.
- Tai Chi: This sushi roll is created with yellowtail, scallions, and basil surrounded by sunfish, cucumber slices, ponsu and lemon with no rice at $12.
- Surf and Turf: Found on the special sushi list, this sushi roll is made for Lisa's father, who doesn't enjoy fish bites. This sushi roll is made with tempura shirmp, spicy crab, enoki mushrooms, and blackened beef with eel suace and fried leeks for $13.
Within 12 blocks, No Coast Sushi is close to Colorado Mesa University, bringing college students, international visitors and faculty into the establishment.
From the sushi selection, prices range from $8 to $16. Drinks cost about $4 to $11 a glass. Appetizers, salads and soups range from $4 to $15. Dinners and noodle dishes cost from $11 to $19.
Husband and wife team Chris, 41, and Lisa Boyd, 39, met each other at Suehiro Japanese Restaurant & Sushi in downtown Grand Junction, a restaurant managed by Chris’s mom. Two of Chris’ siblings still work at Suehiro.
With Chris learning the skills of sushi, he branched out to bring his regulars to his restaurant called No Coast Sushi, a play on words to point out the location of land-locked Grand Junction. Chris and Lisa opened their restaurant in 2007.
When Chris isn’t behind the sushi bar creating daily specials, he is touring with his punk rock band as a guitar player. He just returned from a two-week tour in Ireland. His love of music is apparent on Wednesday, when the restaurant holds DJ nights. As a former middle-school teacher, she stays busy with Chris, ensuring the operation is moving smoothly behind the scenes.
Chris, who is half Okinawan and Caucasian, has traveled the world as a military child. He learned the art of cooking through helping his mom in the kitchen at a young age. Lisa, who grew up in Canyon Creek, learned the inner workings of the kitchen when she worked at Suehiro.
The couple gives back to the community by organizing charitable events at the restaurant, getting the word about the establishment.
The idea of farm to table appeals to the couple. They are bringing that concept into the restaurant by building partnerships with local farmers. For example, the couple took their staff on mini field trips around Palisade to sample the local wines and decide which product they could showcase in the restaurant.
- Gluten free items are available - just ask your server or sushi chef.
- Fresh fish is flown from Hawaii into the restaurant on a regular basis.
Banking on the success of their Grand Junction site, the couple is planning to open a location in Fruita. Specific dates are still in the works.
No Coast Sushi
1119 North 1st Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Tip #1: Attend one of the community events of the restaurant. It is great way to give back to the community and the restaurant's efforts.
Tip #2: Sign up for the restaurant's facebook to keep up with the daily specials.
Tip #3: Wednesdays are DJ nights, a time to dance the night away.
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