The sister restaurant of Austin legend Sazan recently opened in West Campus and it’s already snatching as much acclaim as its predecessor. Try the signature shoyu and miso-style ramen if you want a rich broth that's brewed like it’s from a traditional Tokyo den, and add some crispiness to the mix. The bone-in wings are simply heaven in golden batter, best dipped in a side of kewpie mayo and lemon. The full bar includes beers and wines, but that’s not why you came to a Japanese—give the sake and Japanese whiskies a whirl instead.
Austin’s done some serious growing up. It’s no longer just a university town lined with cheap breakfast tacos to satisfy late-waking students. Today, the city is a culinary heavyweight, with sauce enough to rival the glitzy dining scene in Dallas and the authentic Asian digs in Houston. The brisket smokers and beloved Tex-Mex trucks are still here, of course. We’re just saying that these are now dancing with international restaurants, both casual and upscale, and it’s only a matter of time before some of those Michelin awards start flying over this way (here’s hoping!).
Hungry? We’ve rounded up the city’s best of everything: Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and the trusted American burgers and barbecue, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. Some are heavy on the meat (well, this is Texas), but some are leaning on plant power. Whatever the protein, expect it Texas-sized at Bat City’s most delicious places to chow down.