Consider MiHO a "starter izakaya". A place for drinks and small plates, most dishes are affordable and very accessible. There is fish for sure, and a very good ramen, all served up in a converted Portland bungalow from a dedicated staff.
4057 N Interstate,
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5 pm-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm
Wine/Beer, Cocktails, Vegetarian Friendly
Asian, Japanese, Small Plates