Food Fight: Mr. Geero vs. Mr. Sushi

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Calling somebody "Mister" is a way to show respect. So tacking "Mr." onto a restaurant name would seemingly indicate a respectable joint, right? We pitted two Columbus spots against each other to see who fared best in the Mr. vs. Mr. battle.

Mascots:

Mr. Geero: Mr. Geero is a super-stereotypical tunic-clad Greek dude waving Greek and Macedonian flags.

Mr. Sushi: There does not appear to be a Mr. Sushi, though a cute little Martian-like guy appears on the restaurant website.

Ambiance:

Mr. Geero: Bright yellow walls with aqua blue trim, a few sun-faded Greek tourism posters and some Greek-flag-themed pennant banners.

Mr. Sushi: A thatched-roof hut over the sushi bar is pretty much the extent of the decor.

Basic order:

Mr. Geero: Lamb gyro, $3.65: Your standard street-meat-grade gyro - lots of heavily seasoned meat, tzatziki and some shredded lettuce and tomato wrapped in soft, tasty pita bread.

Mr. Sushi: Mr. Sushi Roll, $6: The namesake roll combines eel with sweet potato, cucumber, crunchy bonito flakes and roe. It's fine, but unmemorable - light on the eel and heavy on the roe.

Other offerings:

Mr. Geero: A sub menu includes the Italian ($5.25), stacked with ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions and banana peppers, doused in Italian dressing. Also available: wings, burgers and 7-inch pizzas.

Mr. Sushi: Some of the higher-priced sushi rolls fared better than the Mr. Sushi Roll, looks- and taste-wise. I'd order the Kinky Roll ($9) - spicy crab stick, shrimp and avocado - again. Mr. Sushi also serves hibachi and teriyaki dinners, plus a few Korean specialties, like stone pot bibimbap.

Sides:

Mr. Geero: Gyros come with good steak fries. A hummus appetizer ($3) includes a small cup of supermarket-quality chickpea dip with some more of the tasty pita bread.

Mr. Sushi: Edamame is always a safe bet, and this $4 order of salted green soybeans is an enjoyable snack.

Sweets:

Mr. Geero: A $1.50 slab of baklava tasted like it'd been sitting around for a while.

Mr. Sushi: Try the Pine-tato Roll ($5) for dessert: it's deep-fried sweet potato and grilled pineapple in sushi-roll form. Yum.

Winner!

Mr. Sushi. The extensive menu delivered more hits than misses.

Shelley Mann is editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at columbuscrave.com.

Eat up:

Mr. Geero

6099 McNaughten Rd., Reynoldsburg

614-868-6998

Mr. Sushi

1127 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna

614-473-1028

mrsushicol.com