AC Food Fight: Okonomiyaki
Komé and the Peached Tortilla battle for Japanese pancake supremacy
Burger King may have dropped the "Have It Your Way" slogan a couple of years back, but they never really had a rightful claim to the sentiment anyway. That honor goes to okonomiyaki, whose root word – okonomi – literally means "what you want." But wanting is one thing, and finding is another. Finding the savory Japanese pancakes (sometimes, cutesily, called Japanese pizzas) in Austin is no easy task. Ramen may be entangled in our daily lives, and udon hopefully waiting in the wings, but the humble okonomiyaki remains unsung. Luckily, a handful of local eateries have taken up the cause – mixing tradition and innovation in a dish that has always been just as much about palette as palate. We could write paeans and poems, but we wouldn't be honoring the spirit of the word. If you ask us what we want, we're going to say an Austin Chronicle Food Fight.
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