You Gotta Eat: Sushigawa

By WEEK Producer

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Tonight and for some weeks to follow Ashley and Mac
are taking their show on the road. What that means is they have been chosen to do "You Gotta Eat" for the next few weeks.

It's a chance for the two to get out of their cubicles and find out
more about each other. We're hoping for the best.

This week Mac and Ashley are eating at Sushigawa in Peoria because well...Ashley says she's been in town for five years and has never been invited to "You Gotta Eat". (Mac points out she didn't work at WEEK for the first couple of years, but he says "hey it's her choice".)

Why Sushigawa? Ashley says Mac, her "cubical friend", is a creature of habit who prefers turkey and break and milkshakes and it's time to get him out of his shell.

To Ashley's surprise, her "grilled cheese aficionado of a co-anchor" is not the sushi novice she expected. He's up to try just about anything...except chopsticks.

"We just wanted simple meal...starting with miso soup and salad and three sushi rolls," said Mac. "We got that. Plus, the owner, operating on Ashley's theory that I should try everything, kept bringing food; tempura and steamed dumplings, crunch rolls and the 007 roll."

"The truth is the food is so good, you'd choose the fast way to consume it, fingers, fork, whatever," said Ashley. "But have you ever noticed how amusing it is watching someone try to eat sushi politely? We gave up, quickly."

Enough foolishness.

Sushigawa is open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, but closed the afternoon. The food was plentiful, and good. After explaining we absolutely couldn't take free food, our bill for the two of us came to $82.80 plus tip but we were able to walk out with enough food for two more meals.