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Can sushi be found at Fort Hood?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:30 am

Fort Hood has no restaurants or mess halls that serve sushi. At least, I haven’t heard of any. But that doesn’t mean soldiers don’t eat sushi.

Many people eat raw fish, nowadays. It’s considered healthy and delicious.

When I was stationed at Fort Hood back in the mid-1990s, I never touched the stuff. I don’t remember seeing it anywhere around here, either.

At the time, my Army buddies and I preferred to eat steak, pizza or the all-you-can-eat Mexican food buffet at Pancho’s, which closed down in Killeen a number of years ago (that wouldn’t have happened in my time).

No one even suggested going out for sushi — not in my presence.

However, my taste buds changed a few years later when I began offshore fishing for a company in Alaska. We were fishing for salmon and pollack, but caught all kinds of crazy things: squid, sand sharks, octopus, Pacific Ocean perch and eels with big eyes and bigger teeth.

It opened up my eyes to the bounty of the sea. I don’t remember the first sushi restaurant I went to, but I do remember my favorite one. It’s called the Old Power House Restaurant in Kodiak, Alaska, and it’s actually an old power house that used to provide the town with electricity.

It looks nothing like a power house any more. It’s filled with tables, chairs, murals and a glass wall where one can look out at the water and watch fishing boats, killer whales and Stellar sea lions swim by.

In North Dakota, the state I had been living in for the past couple of years before moving back to this area last summer, sushi was pretty hard to come by.

I’m glad to see Killeen isn’t like North Dakota — thousands of miles from the nearest sea and devoid of anything remotely close to a sushi restaurant.

I was living in Williston, N.D., a town at the heart of North Dakota’s oil boom. There are some interesting things going on in Williston right now, but sushi just isn’t on the menu.

Here, though, it’s not hard to find.

A quick online search with yellowpages.com discovered four sushi places between Copperas Cove and Harker Heights, but I know there are more than that because just about every Chinese buffet has sushi somewhere in the building. And even

H-E-B these days makes fresh sushi daily. It’s not half bad, either. And I hear the commissary serves fresh sushi made in-house, making it the only place on post to serve the colorful raw food.

It’s exciting, however, to go to a real sushi restaurant, put in your order and watch the sushi chef go to work delicately cutting up your meal and plating it like a carefully made work of art.

I try to eat sushi every chance I can, whether it’s at a Japanese restaurant, Chinese buffet or a grocery store. I just can’t get enough of the stuff, especially since I’ve been catching up after living in North Dakota.

And if there is a mess hall at Fort Hood somewhere that serves sushi, let me know. We’ll consider doing a story on it, one bite at a time.

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