Petro wrote:"Well, we're in the midwest..." So what? There's this thing called jet transportation. Growing up in Chicago, the occasional indulgence at NoMI set my bar for sushi - they had a seafood buyer in Tokyo. The fish you had for dinner that night had been bought at a seafood market halfway around the world earlier that day. Sure, you paid for that quality - but enough people did that it wasn't an issue. (And before anyone chimes in - yes, I'm not sure that's as great an idea as it once was, post-earthquake and whatnot.)
Yeah, but jet transportation would be ridiculous to have your chef fly redeye to NY or Tokyo every morning to meet with the fishmongers and handpick the fish.
Yes, we can get decent fish, for a price, but the best best best sushi chefs (or, in fact any chefs) have relationships with the fish markets and get first pick before anyting is shipped out. No matter how much we were able to afford, it's pretty unlikely that would ever happen here. It's probably why Le Bernardin isn't opening a Madison branch either.
Unless we somehow managed to make walleye or bluegill sushi. Then we're set.