It’s another modern classic tale of a food truck finding enough success to open a brick and mortar restaurant. A year ago you, could mostly find the Moshi Box truck out on the East Side. This year, the truck’s owners added Moonrise, a permanent home on Zaragoza. It’s not your typical sushi bar; Moonrise has an eclectic menu combining Japanese, American and Mexican flavors and foods.
Hamachi and tempura appetizers sit alongside spicy tuna tacos in a wonton shell, cheese sticks and jalapeño calamari. Over 20 varieties of sushi rolls are made at Moonrise and range from fiery to tame, like the classic California or the Boston with lobster, lemon and sesame seeds. It’s easy to see why the Borderland is everyone’s favorite; it’s over the top with salmon, crab, cream cheese, serrano pepper and avocado, breaded and topped with eel sauce, spicy mayo and Sriracha.
Sushi-haters will still feel welcome with options like a tuna steak sandwich with herb wasabi mayo, shrimp tacos and ceviche tostadas. Three elegant dessert options are available that combine chocolates, sponge cake and come with either hazelnuts, key lime or passion fruit. Moonrise also offers a daily happy hour, sushi Wednesdays and Baja taco Thursdays.
1320 N. Zaragoza, 915-219-7043, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Sundays closed. $6-$10. For more information, visit Facebook.com/moonrisespirits.