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Favorite Place: Nakama

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

SOUTH SIDE (KDKA) – Nakama calls itself the hottest Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar around.

Apparently, it’s not a bad place to celebrity watch either.

Karen Connelly from Nakama said it’s not uncommon for fans to call, hoping to find out which local athletes might be coming to the restaurant that night.

“They do! Who’s going to be here tonight? Which celebrities? And we have no idea of knowing until they get here,” Connelly said.

Count Pittsburgh Pirate Andrew McCutchen as one of the restaurant’s fans. He said it’s one of his favorite places to eat in the ‘Burgh.

McCutchen: I always go to Nakama, on Carson Street on the South Side. It’s a Japanese hibachi grill.

Highfield: And what is your favorite thing there?

McCutchen: I just go with the three. I just go with the combination. I go with steak, chicken and shrimp. (You) can’t go wrong with either of those.

He’s talking about the Triple Combination, which is hibachi steak, chicken and shrimp all seasoned and seared, plus rice and vegetables.

KDKA-TV’s David Highfield and Kimberly Gill gave the dish a try. They also sampled a sushi roll dubbed “The Pittsburgh Pirate Roll.”

Gill: You like it cause it’s fried.

Highfield: I do. It’s delicious!

The roll has blue crab, tuna, jalapeno and avocado.

Nakama is more than food, but also a show because you can watch as your food is prepared. Be prepared to make some new friends, since the tables seat eight to 10 people.