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Eat Like the Uchiko Chef Team in Austin

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Everyone wants to eat like a chef. Or at least, I do. They consistently produce some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Why would they eat any where sub par? Frankly, they wouldn’t. Recently I asked the chef team at Uchiko where their favorite spots around town were. From food trucks to fine dining, their choices were unique and diverse. While the map above details the locations of each joint, read on to find out why they are so special.

Sterling ridings, chef de cusine:

Clark’s Oyster Bar is a small spot on West 6th with a nice oyster bar and small, but filling plates. They also have gold cutlery. My favorite dishes are the lobster roll, whatever the hell oysters I want on that day, and their crab mac ‘n cheese. This is usually where my wife and I choose to go to have a quiet lunch whenever we can get a moment to ourselves.”

Fixe is a modern take on southern food located in downtown Austin over by the corpse of La Zona Rosa. Pretty much everything here is good. Zach Hunter is the Chef de Cuisine and comes up with some pretty awesome flavor combinations. Standouts for me are the trout dip, catfish, “blackened” snapper, and the biscuits. There’s this competition in Austin between Fixe and Olamaie over who has the best biscuits, and while there very different from one another, I have to go with the ones at Fixe. This place holds a special place for me because it was where my wife and I went to go eat the night before my second son, Henry, was born. The last time Natalie, Jack, and I were a three piece.”

hannah yerby, sous chef:

Paperboy, the breakfast-only truck on East 11th, is one of my favorites lately. It’s a small trailer, but they’ve made the outdoor area into a very pleasant space with a small but thoughtful menu. My favorites there are the sweet potato hash and the savory toast with scrambled eggs and goat chorizo. Also orange juice – I will never skip coffee in the mornings, but it’s hard to pass up fresh orange juice.”

james dumapit, executive sous chef:

“Me and my girlfriend regularly go to a restaurant called Sichuan River. There are a handful of places in that genre that get a lot more love but they make our favorite MaPo Dofu next to Mala Szechuan in Houston. Every time we go there, the owner says “I know what you want…” which is really presumptuous, but he’s never wrong.”

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