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Oct 5, 2010 02:36 AM

I just returned to Austin--looking for Asian fast food

It's my home but I was away for 8 years. Are there any drive-thru Asian restaurants? Sometimes I just don't want to deal with people. I moved back from Madison, WI, and there were Chinese and Japanese drive-thrus that were quite good. Or even Japanese delivery in northish Austin?

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  1. I can't really think of any drive thru asian restaurants anywhere in Austin. But, Sushi Zushi in the Domain delivers (never used the service and not sure of the area of service). And, most places will take call in orders for take out (I go to Maki Toki on Braker often).

    Get Sum Dim Sum is another option for something other than your standard Chinese take out fare (search the board for reviews....some here are not fans, but I've always liked the food there). In general, I've found that the Chinese delivery options in my area of North Austin (Metric area near Parmer/Braker) are NOT good (same old dreck and bland brown sauces over greasy meats and sad, sad rice). But, there are lots of places where I can pick up food.

    We're fans of several of the Banh Mi spots on North Lamar. Lately we've been hitting up Baguette House in the Chinatown Center, but we also like Thanh Ni and Tam Deli (again search the board for reviews of these spots). And, for something completely different try the cajun style pho at Hot Boiled (shopping center at Parmer and Mopac). Their spicy crawfish pho is a favorite of mine when I need to clear up a head cold.

    Baguette House & Cafe
    10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

    Tam Deli & Cafe
    8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

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    1. re: ashes

      Thanks--love Baguette House. Will check out your other suggestions--really appreciate it!

      Baguette House & Cafe
      10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

    2. I've been pleased with Rice Bowl Cafe on Braker near Lamar (same strip mall as Pho Dan). I usually get delivery, or call in and pick it up. I have eaten perhaps five of the items and have found them all to be far superior to most Chinese delivery. However, I return time and again to the Ma Po Tofu with pork, which I find outstanding. Great spiciness with the silky tofu. A quick option, I always find.

      1. Some of the Panda Express's have drive thrus. Burnet and Anderson and Southpark Meadows (but not HEB a@ Parmer).

        I believe the Chinese Drive Thru Buffet outside Highland Mall (attached to gas station) has finally closed down. I never did quite grasp the concept of a "drive-thru buffet".

        Best bet is to call ahead for pickup. Then your options open up to *good* Chinese food.
        This isn't Wisconsin.


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        1. re: sqwertz

          Ha! So glad to be home. Just wondering what I've missed.