Best Sushi Orange County 2009 - Sushi Shibucho
It is a fact that personal relationships develop between every sushi-lover and his or her preferred itamae (sushi chef). Because of this, this category becomes a very subjective one: Everyone has his or her favorite sushi joint. But if we had to pick simply based on the scarcity of bar seats, it would have to be Sushi Shibucho. Tradition rules here, but not with an iron fist. You need not order "omakase" (sushi chef's choice) in front of the master to enjoy your experience here, but if you do, you won't have any cause to quibble with this award.