A meals crawl could not seem to be the transfer in a metropolis like Austin, which is thought for temperatures discovered on the floor of the solar reasonably than its walkability. Nevertheless, the Crescent, a bustling purchasing middle within the Highland neighborhood, packs a culinary punch, containing among the metropolis’s greatest Asian eating places in a single extraordinarily walkable purchasing middle, equivalent to Chinese language dumplings, Vietnamese vermicelli bowls, Korean corn canine, and Japanese sushi.
The plaza is so jam-packed with choices that it might appear overwhelming. Right here is Eater’s meals crawl information for a full day of consuming on the Crescent, together with not-too-sweet baked items, creamy ramen, gamified sushi, and extra.
First cease: 85C Bakery Cafe
Gas up on sugar and caffeine at this Taiwanese chain to organize for a full day of consuming. 85C — aka “the Starbucks of Taiwan” — selected the Crescent for its first Austin location. Seize a tray and select your fluffy baked items — common objects embrace the egg tarts, the marble taro bun, or the mango custard bun. For drinks, there are milk teas (with the choice so as to add boba), espresso, and blended fruit drinks.
Doing this meals crawl with a tea devotee? It is perhaps value beginning outdoors the Crescent with the close by tea consultants at Taiwanese chain ChiCha San Chen as a substitute — there are particular machines to make sure every of the teas is brewed on the correct temperature.
85C: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 197, Highland; ChiCha: 6501 Airport Boulevard, Highland
Lunch, half one: Steamies Dumplings
Subsequent, it’s dumpling time. Steamies Dumplings, a family-owned farmers market favourite that opened a everlasting store, has an excellent lunch particular that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Select two choices from a choice of dumplings (you’ll positively need these), scallion pancakes, Taiwanese beef tacos, sticky rice with Chinese language sausage, pan-fried noodles, or Hong Kong-style noodle rolls. Dumpling decisions embrace a vegan possibility, pork and cabbage, hen and shiitake, or a rotating month-to-month particular. Steamies additionally sells frozen dumplings to-go — one thing to think about earlier than heading out for the day.
6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 148, Highland
Lunch, half two: Bun Stomach
Nobody stated this was a meals crawl for quitters. However possibly for the second lunch, it is perhaps higher to go together with the lighter Vietnamese fare at Bun Stomach. The vermicelli bowls are nice (strive the grilled pork), and there are additionally recent spring rolls, bao, pho, and different noodle bowls.
Alternate alternative: Oh Okay-Canine and Egg Toast. For many who’d reasonably eat one thing extra substantial nonetheless, there are battered and deep-fried scorching canine at Oh Okay-Canine. Make your personal decisions right here, however the ones studded with potatoes seem to be the best choice for carbs and social media posting.
Bun Stomach: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 132, Highland; Oh Okay-Canine: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 133, Highland
You’ve completed nice work up to now, and now it’s time to stroll round for a bit. Some suggestions: Asian market 99 Ranch for any wanted groceries (and possibly extra snacks); the Kinokuniya Austin e book retailer for the newest manga, lovable stationery, and presents (get all the Studio Ghibli merch you need); Hallyu Cosmetics to search out Korean magnificence manufacturers; and Tanuki Video games for board video games.
99 Ranch: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 110; Kinokuniya: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 121; Hallyu: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 137; Tanuki: 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 134; all within the Highland neighborhood
Dinner, half one: Sazan Ramen
Time to slurp some noodles. Domestically owned Sazan Ramen makes a speciality of paitan ramen — a creamy hen and pork broths — with a alternative of both hen or pork chashus. Undoubtedly add a spicy bomb in the event you can deal with it. And there’s a vegan model with tempura balls too. That is additionally the place to seize a Japanese beer or sake, if desired.
6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 146, Highland
Dinner, half two: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
On the closing savory cease within the Crescent meals crawl, you’re grasp of your personal destiny when it comes to how full you need to be. Half sushi bar, half recreation, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar churns out items of nigiri, rolls, and hand rolls that you just retrieve from a conveyor belt. Prizes seem for ending a sure variety of plates, so you’ll be able to really feel much more completed.
6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 125, Highland
Dessert: Uncle Tetsu
Hope you saved room for dessert! The most recent addition to the purchasing middle, Uncle Tetsu, is thought for wobbly Japanese cheesecakes which can be lighter and fluffier than its American counterparts. There’s additionally burnt Basque cheesecake and cookies, too.
6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 151, Highland