Photo by Alia Cruz

Wrap N’ Roll

1801 L St. Ste 70 | Sacramento, CA

The great debate of Sacramento Summer 2014: Is the sushi-burrito actually good? Ever since Wrap N’ Roll took over the old Trey B Cakes spot on L and 19th, it has generated a plethora of mixed reviews and opinions.

First of all, let’s talk about Wrap N’ Roll’s number one attraction, the sushi-burrito. It’s almost exactly as it sounds: a sushi roll the size of a burrito. Fish, rice and veggies are held together by seaweed wraps and eaten like you would eat a burrito…no chopsticks.

Some of you sushi snobs will probably completely turn your back on this place. I feel you on that, only because this place doesn’t exactly fall in line with the artistry of traditional sushi. These are basic sushi rolls that have been super-sized times four; and frankly, these rolls were never meant for you.

However, there is no denying that this is one genuinely fresh meal that is perfect for a hot summer day. On a recent trip, I ordered the triple sashimi and soft shell crab wrap. There were generous amounts of all ingredients, and everything looked pretty and proper. The staff says the fish is delivered daily from the beloved Sunh Fish Co., and the greens are always nice and crisp. The portions are more than filling, but leave you full in a “Man, I kinda ate actual legit food groups and feel satisfied” way rather than, “Oh, I’m uncomfortable and need to be rolled to my bed now” kind of way. As a lover of spice, I think they did a nice job of making their spicy rolls and sauce actually spicy.

As you struggle to get to the last bites of your roll, though, be prepared to look like a doofus as it all begins to fall apart and crumble in your hands in all-too-perfect unison with the Drake songs playing in the background. I would like to think I struggled gracefully, but finding rice in my hair says different.

Aside from the sushi-burrito, Wrap N’ Roll has a full menu that includes rice bowls, Asian-fusion nachos, fries and Spam musubi. I have consistently heard that the Spam musubi dish is awesome here. Prices are in the $10 range for rolls, which seems OK for what you get. Wrap N’ Roll is also open ‘til 2 a.m. on the weekends to cater to the late night crowd. Though I have to say, I don’t know what person would come to this place after a night of drinking and eat sushi. Eating an enormous sushi roll after drinking, or whatever weird thing you’ve been doing at 2 a.m., sounds like a mistake.

I can’t imagine throwing a Wrap N’ Roll sushi-burrito into my regular dining routine like I would pizza or actual sushi, but I can see myself indulging maybe once every two months or so. If anything, I admire someone bringing a refreshing new concept to Midtown, and getting people so excited and curious about it.

Wrap N’ Roll is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.