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Austin Sushi News #41, April 2005

Keroppi Welcome to Austin Sushi News, a friendly by-product of the sushi website for Austin, Texas, Once every month or so, we bring you the latest scoop on sushi bars and related matters in Austin, Texas. You can UNsubscribe at any time by sending email to or by going to our Google Groups mailing list home. Subscribe by going to and filling in the mailing list box. If you have any problems, please send email to



What's The Kobe Beef?

You've seen the signs, but haven't you wondered? Kobe is the gold standard of beef -- way off the pricing scale for hamburger lovers, yet now even places like Waterloo Ice House and Noodlism have joined Kobe Japanese Steak House -- all allegedly selling Kobe Beef. What gives? The fact is that importation of any beef from Japan has been banned since 2001 because of mad cow disease. Since only beef from Kobe, Japan, is truly "Kobe Beef," the stuff sold in Austin can only be called Kobe "style" beef, most likely from Japanese Wagyu cows brought over from Japan in the early 90's. Don't believe the hype!

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Maiko Is Online

As mentioned last month, Maiko is still getting their staff up to speed and has not yet had a grand opening. But, their groovy new sushi Flash website is up and running and features their menu, a detailed bio of head chef Seiju Onami, and some chill ambient beats. The menu, I might add, includes prices and some yummy descriptions: 'Sushi "Pizza" Sei San Style -- Panko crusted sushi cake crowned with spicy tuna and a chili miso.'

311 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 236-9888

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New Whole Foods Sushi

The new flagship Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar has one-upped HEB Central Market by not only having in-store sushi chefs, but also having a sitdown sushi bar as well. They call it Sixth Street Sushi and it's open from 11am to 8pm every day in their food "court." They have a pretty standard selection of maki and nigiri at prices you'd expect from many sushi bars around town -- $4 for two pieces of ebi nigiri and $10.95 for a Caterpillar Roll, for example. sushi

Sixth Street Sushi is run by Kikka Sushi, the California firm that Whole Foods contracts with to make sushi in their various stores nationwide.

Whole Foods
6th and Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 476-1206

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More Uchi Kudos

Various news about Uchi....Tyson Cole, Uchi head chef dude, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award, but did not win......Uchi will be open for dinner seven nights a week (now closed Sundays) starting Labor Day weekend.....Cole will be attending the Food & Wine festival in Aspen this June. It's part of the "Best New Chefs" press onslaught. He will be doing a tasting dinner with the other nine winners..... Cole will also appear in the July issue of Food & Wine magazine.

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