Rice Bowl Cafe's popular Beef Roll dish - tasty and tastefully presented
Ho Ho Chinese Barbecue
13000 N IH-35 Bldg. 6, Austin TX 78753
map website Another good place for authentic Chinese food. The seafood is fresh (note the tanks near the entrance). The wonton soup comes recommended. As the name suggests, there’s also Chinese barbecue for ordering or takeout. Our native Chinese friends sometimes come here for lunch.
First Chinese Barbecue
10901 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 401, Austin TX 78753
This is a recently-opened branch of the popular restaurant in the Dallas area by the same name, with the same owners. It was one of two Austin restaurants named among the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by CNN Travel in 2012. Delicious, reasonably-priced Chinese food. The combination rice with chicken, roast duck, and roast pork is good, especially with duck sauce. So is the fried noodles with seafood. The dining room is not huge, but there’s ample seating for groups of various sizes. Chinese barbecue meats are available for takeout at the entrance.
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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #115, Austin TX 78759
This was the other Austin restaurant named as one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by CNN Travel. An extensive menu of delicious Chinese entrees. Pay first, then pick up your own water, tea, and silverware and find a table and wait for your number to be called. Large dining room but still gets crowded especially at lunchtime on weekdays. Large servings.
603 W. Stassney Ln., Austin TX 78745
OK, maybe not all the dishes are authentic Chinese, but tasty, very-reasonably-priced food and great service. A small, family-run place with friendly owners and staff, and really good egg drop soup, cashew chicken, Kung Pao beef, shrimp fried rice, General Tso’s chicken, and other Chinese staples. Delivery is available.
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Austin Chinese Restaurant News
Exploring new concepts in Austin Chinese cuisine
Two new Chinese restaurants are appearing on the Austin scene, at opposite ends of the Chinese cuisine spectrum.
At one end is A-OK Chinese, operated by Chef John Bullington on South Lamar Blvd., which specializes in casual Chinese-American dishes like five-spice ribs, crispy wonton chips in Kung Pao sauce, and fried rice. Customers sit at tables or at a counter or order take-out or delivery.
At the other end is Wu Chow, opening at the ground level of the IBC tower at 500 West Fifth St. Operated by the same group as Swift's Attic, Wu Chow aims to introduce Austin diners to traditional Chinese dishes like Peking duck, ginger scallion lobster, and sesame noodles, served in an atmosphere of understated elegance. Partner C.K. Chin has invited one of his uncles, an established Shanghainese chef in Houston, and his grandmother to teach the kitchen staff their recipes.
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