Tyson Cole, sushi master and chef-partner of Austin’s Uchi and Uchiko, is one of the many talents at the 2012 Austin Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off this Friday. The chef likes to promote the amazing ethnic flavors his city has to offer. Here, he shares his picks for the best eats beyond barbecue in Austin.
“This is a Vietnamese trailer off of South Lamar near Uchi and Barley Swine restaurant. The owner is a Vietnamese girl who named the trailer after her mother. The menu is based on her mom’s recipes. She makes really great bánh mì sandwiches—crusty bread, crunchy cucumber, and carrot pickles, fresh herbs and barbecue pork make it one of the best around.” 2113 South Lamar Blvd., (512) 921-4828
“The first time I went here I had such low expectations based on the location. It’s pretty far out, off of Bee Caves Road, but worth every mile once you taste the food. The owners, a French-Vietnamese chef and his French wife, make the best buckwheat crepes and the sandwiches are served on homemade bread. And their pastries are the best in Austin. The lemon tart is a life changer. The French macaroons are unreal. Everything is executed to perfection. I love it.” 2244, Bee Cave Rd., 512-263-8388, baguetteetchocolat.com
“This Thai restaurant on North Lamar is owned by a local Thai family and named after the chef/mother. Her son worked for me for years at Uchi, and the food here is awesome. A made-to-order tofu tom yum (spicy soup) offers just the right amount of spice and sour, and the homemade spinach dumplings and fish cakes are the best in town. They make a great Thai iced tea, too.” 5501 N Lamar Blvd # C101, (512) 458-1792