Whether it’s in our salads or in our styles, Asian inspiration can be tasted and appreciated virtually everywhere in Western culture. From pho to feng shui, hybrid ideas are emerging all over that defy Kipling’s famous line: “East is East, West is West and never the twain shall meet.” From California rolls to chop suey, we've compiled a list of some of the most unique Asian fusion spots taking over Austin’s food scene.
One of the first Asian fusion concepts of its kind, Chi’lantro BBQ started selling Korean BBQ and tacos out of a truck in downtown Austin, and have since grown to four brick-and-mortar locations across the city with a fifth already in the works. Order their tacos, rice bowl or salad and you won’t be disappointed. We recommend trying the dish that made them famous: kimchi fries.
Elizabeth St. Café
1501 S 1st Street
This sweet little bakery and café on South First street mixes Vietnamese and French influences to serve Austinites a unique experience comprised of banh mi, noodles, and bouchons. Elizabeth St. Café has everything from boozy punches to steaming hot bowls of pho. You can sip on local Stumptown coffee outside on their patio while you nibble on a fresh made croissant or even a Vietnamese spring roll. We recommend the grilled pork bahn mi.
11501 Rock Rose #152
A new addition and concept in Austin, General Tso’Boy serves up American-Chinese sandwiches jam-packed with fresh, locally sourced ingredients like General Tso’s battered all-natural chicken or honey walnut shrimp. This sandwich shop mixes traditional American cuisine with fantastic Asian flavors and spices to bring Austin a delicious twist on the beloved po' boy. We recommend the crispy cheeseburger spring roll.
The Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Road #100
The Peached Tortilla is a casual eatery that mixes traditional southern comfort with Asian inspiration to create a decadent and unique flavor that is familiar yet new. Their sprawling fusion menu boasts everything from banh mi tacos and jamjam burgers to crispy umami chicken wings and Asian pear miso salad. Take your beau out for dinner and order the sharable southern fun bowl with braised brisket, kale and wild rice noodles. We recommend splurging on the Asian movie night dessert with popcorn ice cream, rice puffs and caramel.
621 E 7th Street
Created by a mom on a mission to find healthy dining out options, Koriente is a pan-Asian concept that serves calorie-conscious, made-from-scratch food for all types of diet needs and restrictions. Whether you’re gluten free, low-sugar or vegetarian, this healthy café has a plethora of fresh foods that you don’t have to feel guilty about ordering. Koriente invites you to ‘have it your way’ with any side, noodle, or meat of your choosing in every dish. Add exotic items like sashimi grade tuna and shiitake mushrooms to your order or keep it simple with a fresh garden handroll. We recommend the smoked salmon roll.
Chinos and Gringos
6705 W Highway 290
As the name cleverly indicates, Chinos and Gringos fuses Asian and Tex-Mex to create a one-of-a-kind food concept that includes sinfully decadent breakfast tacos, kimchi nachos and ginger cilantro rice. Go all out for breakfast and gorge yourself on “The Ugly” taco with a fried egg, potatos, beans, fajita beef and shredded cheese, or treat yourself to lunch and order the Chino Taquitos – their take on the Filipino ground pork eggroll. We recommend the pork belly puffy tacos.