2513 San Antonio, 512/284-9085
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-midnight
Starting as a food truck, this place takes on a brick-and-mortar business competing admirably against Austin's other ramen contenders. Housemade gyoza, Chashu Don of roast pork and rice, among other deviations, make this spot more than a one-trick pony. This third Michi Ramen location is behind Hole in the Wall bar, near the University of Texas campus.
- 2014: Readers Best Noodles/Ramen (TIE: Michi Ramen; Ramen Tatsu-Ya)
This old-school teppanyaki restaurant is can be found in an impressive, vibrant setting near campus. Try beef tataki and tempura don; thanks to the reasonable pricing, you'll be back for the rest.
1712 Lavaca, 512/520-8630
Serving a whopping variety of sushi and a small selection of Japanese appetizers, this restaurant features fine fish and friendly service.
2905 San Gabriel St, Ste 200, 512/795-8593
This no-frills sushi spot will satisfy your wasabi cravings. Be sure to stop next door for bubble tea at Momoko.
705-B W. 24th, 512/469-0499