I grew up having never eaten sushi. In my small hometown in the middle of Minnesota, my family was pretty meat & potatoes. Plus, Mom couldn't stand the thought of eating raw fish! I did not have sushi, in fact, until after I moved to Texas. And when you think of Texas...you think of sushi! The manager of the club I was singing at took me over to a little dive restaurant in a seedy part of Dallas, so I was a little suspect from the get-go, to say the least. But what I was served that evening was absolutely delicious, and I've been hooked on those little fishies ever since! Now, to the story at hand.
These days, sushi is typically considered a fancy treat to be enjoyed in a nice restaurant. While that is a fine setting, it's hardly the only place to enjoy sushi. Until recently, I had only eaten it in the aforementioned restaurants and at a few seaside spots on the coasts. However, I am now a changed man! If Mom thought eating sushi at a restaurant was going to be tough, how would she feel about snacking on raw fish out of a food trailer? I don't know about Mom, but I love it! And just where do I love it, you ask? Why, at Kyoten on East 6th Street in Austin, of course.
Kyoten has perhaps one of the best landscaping jobs out of all the many food trailers in Austin. So the ambiance alone is worth the trip over that way. But combine that with a great menu created by a couple of guys who have been creating incredible sushi dishes for years, and you have a recipe for success. After working at some of the finest Japanese restaurants in the country, XxXxX and XxXxXx decided to open up their own sushi place. And in current Austin fashion, they did it in a trailer! Most food trailers are pretty straightforward and offer just the basics. And to paraphrase Mr. Seinfeld, there's not anything wrong with that! But Kyoten kicks it up a notch or two, offering a quality of service and superior atmosphere that stands in fun contrast to your typical trailer. Plus, there's a house dog on site, making sure that everyone's doing alright.
You don't have to eat sushi at all. In fact, you don't have to eat anything at all. But I think you should eat a little, because after so many days I think you can die or something if you don't eat. Don't hold me to that. I read it somewhere, and I most certainly have not tried it myself. However, if you are choosing to eat, and choosing to eat sushi at that, swing by Kyoten on 6th. You'll be glad you did. For a sneak preview, take a look at this episode of The Hungry Cowboy. Here, fishy, fishy, fishy...