Yeah yeah, people don't come to Austin to eat Chinese food. Just 5 years ago the majority of these places weren't here. What are your go to places and their dishes for non-fancy pants straight shooting non-american / non-mexican cuisine?
Persian / Iran - Caspian Grill - open 3 weeks. The kebabs, yogurts, stews and rice are great. Never had shallot yogurt before, almost cheese like. fantastic. Complimentary cardamon black tea.
Afghani / Pakistani - Chapli Kebabs - best butter chicken (invented in Britain) I've ever had, bolani is incredible. The chapli kebab is delicious - a spicy beef burger patty loaded with flavor.
Indian - I wish we had better north indian choices, but Biryani Pot is our favorite for southern fare.
Eastern Euro - Balkan Cafe - whole spit cooked BBQ lamb on saturdays. done. The beef and veggie stews are hearty, and the sausages of veal, lamb, beef are incredible.
Filipino - Mama's Cafe - Had the lechon only but it was delicious. I think we have three filipino joints in town.
Vietnam - Tan My for pho and NG-BMT for bahn mi.
Palestine - Peace Bakery and Cafe - lamb shank, feta pita, hummus with jalapeño sauce, and baba ghanoush.
UK - Full english. I love the bangers and the way they cook the eggs yolk up. greasy and good.
Spain - I've had better tapas out east, but Barlata is pretty damn good. The salt cod potato emulsion is out of this world good.
China Cantonese - Ho Ho - crab fried rice and most other of their seafood dishes are tops.
China Sichuan - Asia Cafe, is there really much of a better dish than spicy fish in all of austin? ask for the pork and garlic green beans.
Korean - help? I haven't been to Chosen, but a S. Korean native I work with says it's her favorite. We enjoyed our recent visit to Miso in Round Rock - the mandoo pork dumplings were fantastic.
Thai - I like Mungthai for an all around Thai meal, but I'm a huge fan of the regional (Laotian) fare offered up at Deckhand (Beef salad, tom yum, garlic shrimp). Hearing great things about the recently opened Chada Thai up 183 in Cedar Park.
Malaysia / Burma - help?
Russia - only one game in town now that Sasha's market is down. Russian House - still haven't been, shamefully. help?
Japan - no question the newly opened Daito. The noodle dishes and appetizers (grilled bonito, karage chicken, onsen egg) are wonderful.
South America - help? Not a huge fan of Sao Paulo but their collards and cheese rolls are worth dealing with the less than stellar milanesa.
France - We like Chez Nous for the all around experience.
Italy - Could be better of a scene overall, but I think the seafood stew at Vespaio is great.
Jamaica - I've heard great things about Tony's Jamaican trailer - who's been? Same for the Jamrock Jerk center up off of Howard lane ??
Puerto Rico - Chagos - Mofongo, pernil, etc. all of it is fantastic.