Sushi Showdown

Austin, Texas is known for Mexican food, great beer, and trucks knocking out the breakfast taco. However, it is also home to great Japanese restaurants. Sushi can’t be beat if you’re looking for a delicious and healthful treat. So let us look at the great sushi restaurants of Austin.

Uchi is probably the best known of all Austin sushi restaurants; it’s chef, Tyson Cole, was on America’s Top Chef and has won the James Beard award for fine cooking. Uchi’s philosophy is simple: “combining local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe is the basis for our culinary philosophy. We invite our diners to explore their gastronomic boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavors and textures.” The menu changes daily, offering favorites like Yokaii berry (Atlantic salmon, dinosaur kale, Asian pear, yuzu) and by another platter with maguro sashimi and goat cheese bigeye tuna, pumpkin seed oil, and fuji apple.

Kome is a homestyle Japanese restaurant that is a favorite of the intrepid diners at Sushi in Austin, a website dedicated to Japanese food in the city. Whereas Uchi is somewhat upscale, Kome is a great casual spot. The favorites, such as California roll and Philly roll, are accounted for and delicious—or you can have specialties like Longhorn roll (hanger steak, avocado, cream cheese, sesame seeds, Texas green sauce) and the Texas surf and turf roll (2 shrimp tempura, hanger steak, candied jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, spinach, sesame seeds, TX green sauce & eel sauce). Because it’s family style, you can also have a lot of healthful Japanese fare, such as edamame, seaweed salad, and ten zaru (cold soba, shrimp tempura, quail egg, daikon, ginger, wasabi).

Now that we’ve worked up your appetite, get out there and grab some sushi!

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