Austin Sushi News #28 July, 2003

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1. Yet AnotherŠŠ.New Sushi Bar
2. Mystery of Iron Chef
3. Chron Restaurant poll
4. The ASS is Back

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1. Yet AnotherŠŠ.New Sushi Bar

[yawn] I've lost count, but I think that Arirang Sushi is Austin's 35th sushi bar, and, like, the 12th new sushi bar in the past three years. Feel the excitement as we herald the coming of another new sushi bar. [stretch][yawn] I'm just so pumped with this news that I'm going to go eat some tuna fish packed in sunflower oil and finish it off with a mini-can of Pringle's.

Ok, I'm back. The business model for sushi must be looking good because Arirang opened up directly across the street from another sushi bar, Sake On Sixth. Arirang Sushi is a Korean-owned establishment that features "Bibimbab & Noodles" as well as the usual sushi treats.

Arirang Sushi
616 E. 6th Street
(512) 480-2211

We've also been alerted to another new restaurant, Little Tokyo, that serves sushi but does not have a sushi bar. Thus, they do not get listed on We have rigorous standards here and you must have a sushi "bar" to qualify as a sushi bar. They don't have a sushi bar, however, they do have a pretty classy karaoke setup, and, they are open 5pm-midnite, 7 days a week. Don't be surprised if the staff urges you to get up and sing a few bars amidst their array of Sony Trinitrons. 

Little Tokyo
9515 N. Lamar Blvd. #230
(512) 339-0880

2. Mystery of Iron Chef

Thanks to folks posting in the forums, we now know more than we ever wanted about the new restaurant, Iron Chef. It's just an upscale Chinese restaurant. That's all. No sushi on the menu.

Iron Chef
9070 Research Blvd.
Suite 101
(512) 275-9622

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3. Chron Restaurant poll

The Austin Chronicle's 2003 restaurant poll is in. While reading these results, keep in mind that Ronald Reagan was elected in a landslide and there are 3 million Scientologists in the world. With that in mind, these results don't seem that odd.

Critics Picks: Japanese Food
Critics Picks: Sushi

Readers Picks: Japanese Food
Kyoto, Mikado
Musashino, Kenichi, Ichiban

Readers Picks: Sushi
Musashino, Umi, Kyoto
Honorable Mention:
Sushi Sake, Mikado, Ichiban, Pango Tea Bar 

Austin Chronicle 2003 restaurant poll results: 
4. The ASS is Back

The Austin Sushi Society is back in business. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Holly's Hot Happenings, the "upscale" ASS meets roughly once a month at a different sushi bar. Send email to to get on her events mailing list. Or visit her website at . 

Note: is not affiliated with the Austin Sushi Society or Holly's Hot Happenings. We do, however, provide a complimentary ASS forum in our forums section.