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Eater restaurant critic names Austin restaurant one of country’s 12 best new restaurants

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Eater critic Bill Addison travels the country all year looking for the best our country has to offer. His annual assessment of the best new restaurants in America this year includes a unique Austin restaurant that hybridizes Japanese and Central Texas traditions. When he first looked at the menu at the izakaya smokehouse Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, Addison thought, “Welcome to Gimmick Town.”

Then he tried the mash-up of East and West in dishes like octopus fritters with chili and poke with guacamole and thought, “Genius.”

Read what else he had to say about the restaurant from chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya “Tako” Matsumoto.

And, for my full review from earlier this year, check out:  Cultural exchange: Excellent Kemuri Tatsu-Ya mashes up Texas and Japan

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