Not long ago, Austin was sadly deprived of ramen. Fortunately, several pioneers have introduced this Japanese comfort food to the city in recent years. Austin has finally jumped onto the ramen wagon and as the demand grows, the variety will increase too. Below are a couple spots that are dishing up their unique version of the sought-after noodle dish. Ramen Tatsu-ya Located in North Austin, the wildly popular Ramen Tatsu-ya opens for both lunch and dinner. The chefs at this hip joint take their craft seriously. During lunch, they serve a Tokyo-style chicken based shoyu (soy sauce) ramen with traditional toppings such as melt-in-your-mouth chashu (pork belly), perfectly marinated ajitama (soft boiled egg), nori, menma (bamboo shoots), and white and green onions. For dinner, Ramen Tastu-ya widens their selection. Creamy, porky tonkotsu broth is complimented with sho-yu, miso, or spicy miso. A veggie ramen made with vegan broth is available on Sunday nights. For me, their tsukemen is the menu’s highlight. Guests are presented with al dente noodles alongside a bowl of savory and rich dipping broth. Tatsu-ya spells out 7 ramen rules to promote optimal enjoyment. Sorry, no takeaway allowed! Komé A few years after starting out as a food truck, the sushi aficionado opened their first brick and mortar location. The cozy eatery with a funky vibe offers a variety of lunch options. It transitions to an izakaya-inspired menu for dinner. They recently expanded their lunch-only ramen offering to 5 distinct varieties. Their slow-simmered tonkotsu broth can be served as-is or kicked up with spice. They also offer a miso ramen with a kimchi option. I like that their bowls already come loaded with a range of toppings, from pork belly, to fish cake, to corn. For hot Texas days, they serve up 2 cold, dipping-style noodles: hiyashi chuka (ramen with salmon sashimi) and tenzaru (buckwheat soba with shrimp tempura). A side of pork gyozas always makes a nice companion. Daruma Daruma is a "spin off” from Komé's ramen menu. This boldly decorated Downtown nook is a convenient location for a quick bite. They specialize in simmering a clean, yet complex whole chicken broth. Keeping their menu tight, they spin out three variations: shio (seafood salt base), shoyo (seafood dashi stock and anchovy oil) and miso (miso-tare, ra-yu oil). They designed their eggless, tapioca-based noodles with a springy texture in mind. The bowls are topped with a range of comforting additions, from chashu, chicken breast, seaweed, to bean sprouts. Their vegan ramen is dressed with a vegetable and fruit broth and topped with fresh vegetables, avocado, lime, and ginger oil. My favorite part of dining at Daruma is wrapping up my meal with unusual soft-serves like shiso-umé, yuzu, and wasabi flavors. Michi Ramen Michi Ramen also began as a food truck. One year ago, they launched their spacious brick and mortar location on North Lamar. What makes Michi unique is that diners can choose the thickness of their pork-based broth. The viscosity ranges from light, to regular, to the substantially heavier “stout”. Like their counterparts, Michi also puts their own spin on each bowl. Besides their traditional Sapporo-style ramen (topped with chashu, bean sprouts, corn, wood ear mushrooms and a slab of cold butter), they also dish up some inventive combos. The Texas ramen with a tomato tonkotsu broth is styled with BBQ pork ribs. The lemongrass tonkotsu broth acts as the vehicle for the Thai chili-spiked Jungle ramen. Explore even more dining trends in Austin with our restaurant deals.Read More
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It’s three in the morning and you’re starving. Where do you eat? Here’s what’s open in Austin, from French bistro to sushi joints, and a 24-hour restaurant. Barchi Sushi Located right in the middle of downtown, Barchi Sushi is the perfect spot for late night dining. The reverse happy hour starts at 10pm and ends at 1:30am with super discounted sushi and drinks. Order a couple pieces of nigiri (starting as low as $1.50), agedashi tofu, and bloody sake mary. Justine’s Justine’s Brasserie serves up high-class French comfort food until 2 am in a casual, eclectic vibe. The menu includes classic French favorites like steak and frites, Coq au Vin with Ratatouille and a straight-up Royale with cheese. Grab a seat at the tiny marble-topped tables and start with the charcuterie plate featuring a trio of homemade pates and potted meats. East Side King Thirsty and have the munchies? Stop by East Side King at The Liberty for Asian street snacks. The Thai Chicken Karaage with deep-fried chicken thigh, sweet-spicy sauce, fresh basil, cilantro mint and onion is out of this world. Don’t forget about Paul Qui’s famous Brussels Sprouts salad with deep-fried roasted beets, kewpie mayo, schichimi togarashi and green onion. 24 Diner Feeling hungry at 3pm? 3am? 24 Diner is open 24 hours serving up elevated comfort food like homemade meatloaf with bacon-braised greens, chicken and waffles, and some of the best mac n’ cheese in town. Explore all our restaurant deals.Read More
I don’t know if Austinites like spending time in coffee shops or actually drinking coffee more. Whatever the case, we’re always thinking about the next place to go for a cup of jo. In many cases coffee shops serve as ‘offices’ for local small businesses. Even in the 105 degree summer heat we don’t miss a beat. Mozarts |3825 Lake Austin Blvd. This is probably one of the more iconic coffee shops in town as it sits overlooking Lake Austin. Thus, the atmosphere is calming, relaxing and easy on the eyes. The abundant seating on the deck is shaded by large trees and is the perfect place to work if you’re looking for an outdoor office for the day. They offer traditional coffee drinks as well as pastries. Dogs are also welcome on the deck. Jo’s Coffee | 1300 South Congress Avenue Jo’s on South Congress is probably most famous for their ‘i love you so much’ street art on the side of the building. It has become a bucket list photo op for tourists and locals alike. Aside from cool graffiti, they also serve a great cup of coffee, imagine that. The ‘iced turbo’ is a menu favorite, and they also offer sandwiches and baked goods. Outdoor seating only, so keep that in mind on rainy days or those 100+ degree summer days. Flat Track Coffee | 913 E. Cesar Chavez Street This is a hidden gem hidden just east of I-35. No bells and whistles, just a focus on great coffee. This is the type of place you grab a cup of joe and are on your way. The menu is limited but executed perfectly, and the crown jewel is probably their espresso. Don’t plan your next meeting here as they have very limited seating and no wi-fi. But for coffee connoisseurs, this place is a must try. Café Medici | Various Locations Really really great coffee. I like the downtown location as it has plenty of seating (two stories). It’s also fairly quiet, and the type of place you can go to to get stuff done. The Clarksville location is also great, slightly smaller, but located in one of my favorite little neighborhoods; it really has an awesome old Austin feel to it. Curra’s | 614 East Oltorf Street Curra’s (A Mexican restaurant famous for its avocado margaritas) might be the most odd ball selection on this list. However, if you're a fan of drip coffee, they have their own brew that pairs perfectly with their breakfast tacos. They also sell their coffee beans by the pound. Houndstooth Coffee | Various Locations This is one of those Austin coffee shops that has a cult-like following, and you can’t make a list of places to grab a cup in Austin without including Houndstooth. Maybe it’s the sleek, simple design, their friendly and knowledgeable baristas, or the simple fact that they just make fantastic coffee. You be the judge.Read More
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