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Photographs courtesy of Paul Qui & Uchiko


Uchiko & East Side King - Austin, TX


Central Austin


4200 North Lamar Boulevard

Austin, TX 78757

T: 512.916.4808 (make a reservation)



Sun - Thu: 5pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm

East Side King

East Austin

Food Stand / Asian Fusion

Liberty Bar

1618 East 6th Street

Austin, TX 78702

The Grackle

1700 East 6th Street

Austin, TX 78702

T: 512.422.5884

Shangri La

1016 East 6th Street

Austin, TX 78702






Chef Paul Qui’s Austin F.E.D. Recs

Pancetta from Salt & Time | Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Photograph courtesy of Salt &U Time | Antonelli’s

Find | Farmers Markets

Downtown Farmers Market | Salt & Time

I love their "experiments." 

Downtown Farmers Market | Country Side Farms

aka Sebastian... the best duck and other fowl in Austin.

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Chef Paul Qui has experienced a banner year. The executive chef of the highly-regarded Austin restaurant Uchiko and owner of East Side King, his trio of food trailers, won $125,000 by beating out his tough “cheftestant” competitors on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas TV show.

This past Monday, chef Qui won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest, a year after his mentor and boss, chef Tyson Cole won the same honor.

We asked chef Qui to disclose his favorite Austin F.E.D. (finds, eats and drinking) spots.

Find | Food Stores

Cheese | Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Amazing people, really knowledgable staff, they have the best cheese selection in Austin.

Asian Produce | Hana World Market

A great Korean and Japanese product selection with a nice variety of house made kimchee. It’s a one-stop shop for shabu shabu night. The owner also supplies some of the best restaurants in town and I hear he's working on expanding their seafood selection.

Asian Produce | MT Supermarket

Amazing selection of Asian goods and produce. Live catfish and every part of a chicken and pig you can hope for.

Grocery Store | Royal Blue Groceries

Gruet, grilled cheese and a can of tomato soup.  Not to mention they carry Jeni's ice cream, my favorite.

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Franklin BBQ | Burger & Fries at Hop Daddy Burger Bar

Photographs courtesy of Franklin BBQ | HopDaddy Burger Bar

Eat | Restaurants

Deckhands Oyster Bar

You can't have enough green Thai sauce! Put it all over everything. Also, the best papaya salad in town (Laos style).

Franklin BBQ

Nuff said.

HopDaddy Burger Bar

I'm kinda hooked on their burgers.

Le Soleil

Bring some friends along and get the whole curry dusted catfish, it ranges from 2 to 5 pounds, depending on how many friends you bring with you. Also, ask for the stinky fish sauce, yummy anchovies.

Little Deli & Pizza

My favorite pizza in town. It’s Crestview's best kept secret. Sorry for spreading the word.

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Ice Cream Sandwichs from Cold Haus Food Truck

Photographs courtesy of Cold Haus

Eat | Sweets

Food Truck | Cool Haus

I love ice cream sandwiches!

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Tequila & Mezcal at La Condesa | Cocktails at La Condesa

Photographs courtesy of La Condesa

Drink | Bars

Congress Austin

For bubbles.

La Condesa

For tequila and mezcal.

Liberty Bar

My favorite haunt on the Eastside of Austin. 

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Photographs courtesy of JuiceLand

Drink | Juice


I go there everyday I can when I'm in Austin. I can't get enough juice.  

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Coffee at Houndstooth

Photographs courtesy of Houndstooth

Drink | Coffee


I love my macchiatos.

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Details of Paul Qui’s recommendations for where to eat, drink and shop in Austin, TX.

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