Man from Hunger: A Century Run of Sushi

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Kanpai manager Nancy Quant presents a plate from the restaurant. Chappy Hardy hide caption

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Nancy Quant from Kanpai

Kanpai manager Nancy Quant presents a plate from the restaurant.

Chappy Hardy
Chappy Hardy
Chappy Hardy

Chappy Hardy, a.k.a. the Man from Hunger, appears with another report for Scott Simon in his search for the South's best eating bargains.

Visiting Kanpai

Tai Tomiyama talks sushi with Chappy Hardy.

This time, he checks out Kanpai, an elaborate sushi bar and buffet that also serves prepared Japanese dishes besides sushi. Kanpai, whose name is the equivalent of "cheers" in Japanese, offers a lunchtime buffet that costs $9.50.

That price allowed Hardy to feast on salmon, crawfish and other varieties of sushi rolls for an hour-and-a-half extravaganza of eating. When the chopsticks came to rest, Chappy had consumed 104 bites of sushi at just over 9 cents per bite.

He does admit that most Kanpai customers aren't out to take advantage of the sushi buffet the way he did: "There's a delicacy to Japanese dining that is pretty much lost on me."



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