We have no idea why it took until 2016 for soup dumplings to reach Austin. Or why they made their debut on the bottom floor of a slick downtown bank building. But here we are, eating mostly-authentic Chinese food in a floor-to-ceiling windowed room, and loving every minute of it. The food here is excellent, and if you’re in the mood to sample a lot of things you should be here on Sundays for dim sum service.
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Not every restaurant in Austin can (or will) fit your group of eight. Here are 12 that can.
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Parlor and Yard
Parlor and Yard Downtown is a great game-day or day drinking options, with tons of seating, corn hole, bar snacks, and plenty of TVs.
The downtown location of Caffe Medici in the Austonian is very modern-looking, and the coffee is excellent.
Kalimotxo is the downtown Spanish-inspired bar serving pintxos from the people behind Emmer & Rye.
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Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Xian Sushi & Noodle
Xian makes some of our favorite hand-pulled noodles in town, in addition to sushi and other Chinese and Japanese dishes.
China Family Restaurant
China Family Restaurant makes excellent Sichuan-style Chinese food with two locations in Austin.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
South Congress Cafe
South Congress Cafe is a reliable spot for brunch or a weekday breakfast. But it’s not a secret - get there early or expect a wait.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya isn’t just Austin’s triendiest ramen spot - it’s Austin’s best ramen spot.
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