801 S. LAMAR BLVD.
Cole Tyson's restaurant is the heartbeat of the Austin foodie scene. One of the few non-Japanese chefs operating at this level, Tyson made his mark by serving progressive fusion fare like baby yellowtail sashimi with crispy koshi hikari rice, a Ringger Family Farm egg and sweet soy broth, or what he calls Bacon Steakie - Niman Ranch pork belly that is "melt in your mouth tender" after being cooked sous vide for 24 hours before being flash-fried to a crispy crust. Meanwhile, sushi purists can order pristine cuts of top-quality fish, much of it sourced from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market. Fans talk about the "innovative, risky combinations that deliver," adding, "This is the best restaurant in Austin by a wide margin." Even critics ended on a positive note saying, "slightly pretentious, slightly more expensive, but still absolutely delicious."