10014 N. Lamar
Hours: Daily, 11am-3pm; Wed.-Mon., 5pm-1am; Tue., 5-10pm
This seafood restaurant is the top choice of many local chefs and restaurateurs on their days off. The Cantonese seafood selections and dim sum stand out.
The dishes are authentically flavored, wonderfully spicy, and cooked with fresh ingredients. The Ma Po Doufu is a lusty temple to the gods of chile and mala: superb and perfect on a nippy day, delightfully sweat-inducing on a hot day.
13376 N Hwy 183, Ste 100, 512/258-5445
Some say it's got the best dim sum in town, with a full bar, wine, and sake. The choices include mostly Hong Kong and Cantonese classics.
3407 Greystone, 512/343-9307
has a menu long on fresh seafood and meat, all authentically prepared and priced right – try roast or Beijing duck, Chinese barbecue pork, whole roast pigs, hot pots, and more. Get it to go, or eat there.
8557 Research #116, 512/832-8788