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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.3
7.0
$20
Chinese
Casual restaurant

Hours
Daily 11:00am–9:30pm

Bar BYO
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Accepted

www.firstchinesebbq.com

Far North Austin
10901 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 835-8889
First Chinese BBQ
Modern décor be damned, this is some mighty old-school goodness right here

The Austin outpost of this small, Richardson-based chain is the best Chinese option in the Chinatown shopping center (which also houses some of our top Korean, pho, banh mi, and bubble tea places, by the way). The interior is unusually stylish, with lime green walls, pale yellow ceilings and sparse, nice furnishings. The walls are decked out with black and white photos of the place, and everyone speaks fluent English. Really, you wouldn’t know you were in a Chinese restaurant save for roasted ducks hanging near the entrance.

Roasted duck and pork are indeed what to get, flavorful and juicy with crisped skin. They’re available as take-out by the pound, as well. We love the crispy scallion pancake as a starter. Sugar cane lamb hot pot isn’t overly sweet, rather full of deliciously pastoral lamby goodness. Squid can be a little overcooked, but on a plate of pickled mustard greens, it’s irresistible. Congealed cubes of pig’s blood with Chinese chives, and the enigmatically-named “crispy special sausage” (deep-fried pork intestine), are the best versions of these rare dishes in Austin. There are very few blah Chinese-American dishes on the menu, so it’s hard to go wrong, but if you’re ever in doubt about what to order, stick to the chef’s specials and hot pots.

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