Happy Anniversary, Oto’s!

by Sarah on October 1, 2009

You ever been to Oto’s? Oto’s used to be known as “Oto’s Japan Food” and was located down by the Sacramento Executive Airport until 2 years ago, when they relocated just a few short blocks from my house, in Hollywood Park.

Oto’s originally opened in 1959 as just a fish and meat market inside the Vina Vista Market on 14th Ave. 20 years later, Mr. Oto opened Oto’s Japan Foods. Oto’s was and still is the best place to find all things Japanese–including fresh sushi and sashimi, bento boxes and other ready-to-eat goodies.

Oto’s Marketplace has expanded–well, besides the space–to include all kinds of grocery items and sundries, not to mention appliances, dishware, and beauty products.

A couple of weekends ago, Oto’s celebrated their anniversary with a fun party with music, food and best of all–good sales.

The Hawaiian band was good, but I didn’t see any hula dancers.

Here’s some cool pumpkin things. I’m not sure what to do with these, but they are intriguing.

All right, already, I know–you want food. Here it is.

Cooking Japanese curry. My childhood comfort food. My Nana’s sister, Sister Marie, was a nun who taught school at a convent in Japan. I don’t know too much about it but I know that she would always bring and make this curry.

June makes it too, if you want to go try it. I love June’s. It’s a mild and savory curry. Not spicy.

This sure was a tasty morsel, and something that never even comes to mind when I’m trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. Chicken teriyaki. Yes, plain old chicken teriyaki. This bite had rice, thankfully-not-overcooked chicken, teriyaki, and a nice hit of pickled ginger.

Hiramasa. One of my favorites to have next door at Akebono.

Oh, looky here. A guy making sushi rolls.

I wonder if it’s hard to roll with those dorky plastic food service gloves on?

Spicy tuna, cucumber, rice, sesame seed. It was a tasty morsel.

Grilling up some Wagyu beef. That’s an expensive giveaway right there. It smelled so good though, people were starting to throw elbows to get into line.

What are your thoughts on Washlets? It’s basically a fancy toilet seat/bidet thing that sits on top of your toilet seat. It even has a built-in dryer so you can blow-dry your bum after you do your business.

After this information, I know you will want to rush out to Oto’s and buy one. If you just want to try one out, go over to Zen Sushi and use the ladies’ room. Sit at the sushi bar with Lou, if you go, and tell him I sent you. Lou is awesome.

Oooh, look at the many functions!

AAAANND, back to the food.
Just look at these enormous hunks of tuna. Unbelievable.

Yummy, yummy octopus.

Look at these awesome shiny sardines! Don’t you just want to fire up the grill right now? DO NOT be afraid of the sardine, they are tasty morsels.

Whoever wants to buy this and have me over for dinner, just let me know. I’m down.

Quail eggs. Very trendy. Now you know where to get ‘em.

My friend Joshua recently told me about this specialty rice. It’s grown right here in the Central Valley! I haven’t used it yet but I’ll keep you posted.

High-end St. Patrick’s Day meal? Tempting. Very, very tempting.

Remember when I mentioned bento boxes? This kid obviously approves of the selection. And OH, the selection! These are just what the doctor ordered when you’re driving home and don’t want to cook. They’ve got freshly made sushi and sashimi (yes, made every day) too–perfect for those hot summer work nights.

My kid’s favorite. He’s a sucker for soft-shell crab.

And I’M a sucker for this adorable, squeal-inducing dishware! It’s just SO CUTE!

Aw, look at the birdy bowls.

Japan Foods wouldn’t be complete without Pocky. Delicious little sticks with chocolate or some other flavored coating. Nom, nom.

Pocky for Men. Bitter, of course.

Does this kid look familiar? He looks like he might be on something.

Yes, that’s why it looks familiar. You realize this is my second Homer reference this month. I don’t know what that means.

So after you bought your goodies, you got to “spin the wheel” and get a PRIZE! For free!

Look at my prize!

Oto’s is cool. A good little store and a great place to find sushi-grade seafood and take-aways. It’s nice to support local business, too.

Oto’s Marketplace
4990 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822-2153
(916) 424-2398

Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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