Any spot that opens from the owners of Ramen Tatsu-ya is without a doubt a winner. Kemuri Tatsu-ya, an Izakaya with Texas flair, is located pretty far on 2nd and y’all it is the best. This hot spot does not take reservations, but I promise it is more than worth the wait (plus there’s an outside bar serving cocktails, beer, sake, and really great edamame for snackin’). The atmosphere and décor are incredibly inviting, as is the menu. It took everything in me not to order the whole dang menu, but we definitely made our rounds. We started off with the Tokyo Street Corn and the gouda and brisket Hot Pocketz (the actual hot pocket shell is crispy pan-fried cheese, I mean come on). Next on the list were the skewers, and the Shrooms & Bacon and Bacon Potato Goat Chz were our absolute faves. I definitely recommend ordering all of the skewers because they were that good. If you’re a fan of octopus or loaded chili, the Chili Cheese Takoyaki is your dish (definitely my favorite thing we ate). The Guaca-poke was such a fun spin on the classic guacamole, and the salmon Yaki Onigiri was incredible (similar to spicy tuna on crispy rice – YUM). We obviously had to order ramen, and the TX Butter Tsukemen was TO DIE FOR. The brisket and accoutrements really make for a great fusion with this traditional Japanese dish. Bottom line, get yourself to Kemuri as soon as you can. You don’t want to miss out on these great eats!
We absolutely love spending time at the Lamar Union, and love it even more with the addition of El Burro. This Tex-Mex joint, owned by the Vox Table fam, serves up a mean margarita and big portions. First impressions at a Mexican restaurant are always made based on the queso, and we liked the more chili-cheese taste of El Burro’s. For our main courses, we opted for the Chicken Enchiladas and the Baja Fish Tacos which hit the spot! The crispy grouper in the fish taco was fried tempura style, light and fluffy. I definitely recommend giving their bacon wrapped shrimp and lobster fajitas a try (uh, YUM). Next time you’re at the Union, make sure to stop by El Burro for great, Tex-Mex eats!
Chinese restaurants are one of our favorites, and we love this modern twist brought to us by Old Thousand. This vintage/hipster spot resides on the east side and we really, really love it. Before ordering appetizers, Old Thousand serves a delicious sweet and sour pickled cabbage (so good) with your cocktails. We highly suggest starting off with the Chongquing Chicken and the Jellyfish salad. I (Amy) am not the biggest chicken fan, but this crispy, fried, chicken sits in a Szechuan chili oil and is topped with green onion and cilantro (winner, winner, chonquing chicken dinner). Jellyfish was definitely not on my radar as edible, but y’all, this salad is soooooo light and incredibly scrumptious (cucumber + wood ear mushroom + mala vinaigrette). We ordered the bok choy, Dan Dan Noodles, the Mapo Eggplant, and the special (crispy noodles + pork broth + mushrooms + bok choy + scallops/shrimp). Now, we actually didn’t make it to the veggies and Dan Dan Noodles because the special was so large, but it is one of the best dishes I have had at a Chinese restaurant! Of course, we left room for dessert and ordered the 5 Spice Churro, and you better order it too.