We’re not often keen on chains, but this second Texas location of a fast-casual concept from Tokyo is a winner (the first is in nearby Carrollton). Hand-pulled udon noodles are the big draw, but the tempura, robata (grilled fare), and sandos (Japanese sandwiches) are good too. Order this to go: The nikutama udon is comfort in a bowl: an umami-rich broth bathes razor-thin shreds of sweet-salty beef, a soft egg, and long, springy noodles; scallions and crunchy tempura flakes top it off. (There’s a richer curry version too.) Good robata choices include the ground chicken meatballs and the vegetable skewers loaded with slightly charred maitake mushroom, tomato, and shishito pepper. Pro tip: Orders come with excellent reheating instructions; our shrimp and zucchini tempura crisped up beautifully. Order online for curbside pickup.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
Drinks: Beer & sake