Crowded with locals, Mitsu-ishi has a convivial atmosphere and dishes that appeal to everyone. Sashimi moriawase (assorted sashimi; ¥1,200–¥2,500) is an excellent choice for two or three people. Grilled scallops and grilled chicken with herbs are also tasty and popular. The mitsu-ishi gozen (¥2,000) and hime kaiseki (¥3,000) set menus include sashimi, tempura, grilled fish, vegetables, rice, soup, and fruit. There's an abundant sake list, too.
If you're in the mood for drinks and some finger food, take a seat at the bar, where the chef sometimes hands out complimentary snacks over the counter. Look for the mood-lit white building with boxy dark roof.
2–7–36 Yasukata, Aomori, 038-0000, Japan