Early on, men try to get with as many women as possible, but ultimately they settle down with one they have the most in common with: similar upbringings, shared values, and a mutual delusion one won't eventually dump the other for someone they have nothing in common with, but is hoooot. Now a veteran restaurant opener's hoping to settle down, with Rice Bowl Cafe.
Potentially the last opening by a restaurateur who's been developing & selling Austin Chinese concepts for 20+ years, RBC is his first project devoted to his native island, serving seriously ethnic dishes in a red-walled, naturally lit cubby with minimal decor aside from large Taiwanese characters that translate as "small restaurant" -- good thing we told you, because a translator won't fit. The bulk of authenticity comes in the form of giant soup bowls brimming with thick, house-made egg noodles and floaters ranging from beef dumplings, to deep-fried spicy pork chops, to pork foot (finally a situation where you're not a creep for licking a Babe's feet). To -ize your appetit, there are starters from beef stomach strips, to pigs' ears, to green onion pancakes, a great favorite of Dr. Chiang Kai Seuss.
More familiar taste bud bounties include Americanized favorites like deep fried General Tso's Chicken, Kung Pao Beef in spicy brown sauce with peanuts, and Orange Peel Chicken made using fresh rinds, a gentle reminder that in the end, it's not always what's underneath that counts.