Loro Austin opened earlier this year and there have been mixed reviews so I thought I would write a blog post on my thoughts. Loro Austin is the new Asian smokehouse created by Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko and Chef Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. So once you hear that your expectations are already through the roof, after all this is the basically the baby of two James Beard nominated (numerous times if I may add) highly recognized superchefs, which is why I think people are disappointed upon their first visit as was I.
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But if you look at just the food quality alone, the meats are smoked perfectly, the rice bowls are delicious, and the corn fritters are addicting. Loro is counter service which means you place your order and pay up front, and then go sit down. They will bring you your food in no more than ~12 minutes. Below are my favorite dishes at Loro Austin that are marked with **!
LORO AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR:
WHEN: Monday – Friday from 2PM – 5PM
HAPPY HOUR DEAL: 1/2 off boozy slushees, select wines and sake on tap, and Kirin Ichiban Lager. The bites available include three options exclusive to the happy hour menu: salmon belly tartare ($7), brisket tostadas ($7), wings, and a burger with patty made from a mix of prime brisket and smoked bavette ($8). The fan-favorite chicken karaage, which also appears on Loro’s regular menu, rounds out the happy hour offering ($6).
WONTON CHIPS & DIP**
So yummy to munch on while you’re waiting for your food and with cocktails.
I always order the corn fritters every time at Loro because they’re so good and addicting. It’s corn kernels dipped in a batter, deep fried, and served with a sriracha aioli.
Smoked Prime Bavette**
The smoked prime bavette is my favorite item at Loro. If you like Franklin Barbecue, you’re going to love this. The meat is so moist and then the shishito salsa verde cuts through that fattiness with the acid.
Crispy Szechuan Tofu rice bowl**
The rice bowls are so perfect for lunch – my favorite bowls are the crispy Szechuan tofu and the Malaysian Curry Chicken.
Crispy Pork Katsu
The crispy pork katsu sandwich is a hearty sandwich and by hearty I mean, it’s huge, and the yellow turmeric steamed bun is striking. I was too full after eating all my favorites on the table so I only had a small bite of the sandwich.
Mango Sake Slushee
The mango sake slushee is basically like candy – I could drink several of these on the patio. The patio is dog-friendly so bring your furry friend!