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Dining Guide

Old Thousand

Photograph by Jessica Attie

Inspired by the wild-card tile in mahjong, this neighborhood eatery connects on a lot of levels. Want a gin joint that slings up saucily named cocktails like a Fo’Shizi (shizi is Chinese for “persimmon”)? This is the spot. Under the watchful gaze of a crown-bedecked panda bear, a talented crew recruited from hot spots like Uchiko and Thai Kun presents a menu that’s less about authenticity and more about tastiness. Our favorites were the feather-light sunchoke fried rice and the char siu emboldened by a profusion of cilantro and red onion. The ma po tofu came deep fried with just a hint of mala sichuan peppercorn, and the kung pao cauliflower used a profusion of peppers to punch up that often insipid crucifer. Except for their distinct crunch, the cool strands of jellyfish were almost indistinguishable from the cucumber noodles they came with.

City: Austin


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 1000 E. 11th, Austin, TX, 78702

Hours: D 7 days.

Phone: 737-222-6637

Website: https://www.oldthousandatx.com/

Last updated: February 3, 2017