BlueC1Kid Hit Menu Items: Given that it’s become a standard part of the bourgeois American diet over the past couple of decades, children nowadays tend to have some form of sushi they dig. Most probably massacre their rolls, while other rare types berate anyone who dares submerge his/her nigiri in soy sauce. (Meanwhile, my son takes his soy sauce straight, no chaser.) Along this spectrum, Blue C Sushi, now at the ArcLight complex in Hollywood, is more friendly to the former group. When it comes to conveyor belt sushi, however, I don’t need to go into too much depth when convincing parents of this food service arrangement’s inherent appeal. Don’t like what you see now? Wait all of TWO SECONDS for something else to appear that might be desirable. Wheeeeee! Magic! And all of that. Or pick something else from the other sushi and cooked foods menu.

Adult Perks: Blue C has a sake list and flights, about which I’m too ignorant to weigh in on with any authority, and cocktails that skew slightly undergrad-bad-judgment (who ordered that fourth Cosmo with Blue Curacao?). I will, however, gladly try the shiso mojito on our next visit.

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