4200 N. Lamar #140
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 5-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 5-11pm
The James Beard Foundation found Uchiko chef and owner Tyson Cole worthy of its Best Chef award for the Southwest region; if that won't get you in the door, you're certifiable.
Find Korean fare as well as the traditional Japanese items and, of course, sushi, with a focus on taste as well as presentation.
7310 Burnet Rd., 512/458-3700
Well-executed Japanese home cooking. The lunch menu features some of the best deals in Austin, like the gorgeous sashimi lunch. The ramen is a treat, too.
4917 Airport, 512/712-5700