Fodor's Expert Review Asia Café
This no-frills favorite of off-duty chefs recently changed owners this fall, but the same staff and menu has remained, which has, thus far, kept its diehard Sichuan fans satisfied. The unassuming strip mall location in far northwest Austin might look run down, but the order-at-the-counter joint serves up reliably authentic specialties, like the palate-tingling Asia Eggplant and the Chicken Delight (aka kou shui ji, bone-in, chilled chicken slices in a spicy sauce). The new owners have introduced a few dishes to the repertoire, but regulars can still find the best Spicy Fish in town. And they mean spicy. Sichuan peppercorns and fiery red oil are used liberally, so be prepared. Takeout is available.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78759, USA