Clean Plate Club

All-you-can-eat sushi, with a catch

yeager-sushiPhoto: Morgan Ione Yeager

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idden on a narrow side street next to a laundromat is a Japanese spot that will remind you of your mother’s kitchen. That’s because you can eat as much sushi as you want, but if you leave anything on your plate, they’ll charge you extra. Seriously. Yamato offers all-you-can-eat sushi, soup, salad, appetizers, hot entrees—even ice cream. There’s a surcharge for anything you take but don’t finish. Makes sense, if you think about it. So did Mom, most of the time. Another secret? The Stars Maki: shrimp, salmon, and jalapenos in a spicy, strange, but surprisingly good combination. Tebsherany

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The buffet was introduced to America at the Swedish pavilion of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, where visitors experienced their first smörgåsbord. A Minneapolis hotel later added the idea of “all you can eat,” hastening a proud new era of obesity.

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