Hours: Lunch & Dinner (Tues.-Fri.). Dinner Mon. & Sat., Closed Sun.
Octobachi has a funky, low-key style and an unusual concept, complete with the story of a wandering sushi-making octopus, but its Asian fusion offerings are compelling. It mixes the sushi and hibachi of Japan with the pho of Vietnam and adds a little dose of farm-to-table trends. The beef is Certified Angus, the chicken is free range and hails from Murrells Inlet, and the vegetables are fresh and grown in the neighborhood. The big bowls of pho prove steamy and flavorful, and the sushi list mixes fresh basics like tuna and salmon with more playful East/South fusions. Don't be scared of the bright-green, cleaver-wielding cartoon octopus that adorns the wall behind the counter: He's chopping and rolling some pretty tempting treats for his Elliotborough neighbors. —Robert Moss, Dish (Summer 2012)
Hibachi, pad Thai and Pho, Sushi, nachos, and sake smoothies.
• $1 off all alcohol
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, 4pm-7pm