Onigiri is one of those absolutely perfect foods: hand-packed rice in a triangle shape wrapped with seaweed and filled with ingredients. The Japanese dish works well as a snack, a pick-me-up, and even a full meal. In Austin, there are great restaurants serving up onigiri, from the O.G. ones at Japanese market Asahi Imports, Japanese cafe Sugar Pine, and others.Read More
6 Enjoyable Onigiri Spots in Austin
Where to find the excellent Japanese rice snack in the city
Daichi Sushi and Grill
The Cedar Park Japanese restaurant’s dinner includes two onigiri options, a spicy tuna and a broiled salmon. There are indoor dine-in services.
Along with the casual Wooten Japanese restaurant’s excellent array of noodles and ice creams is a great and wide-ranging lineup of onigiri. There are meaty ones like spicy tuna, steak, and kimchi pork; and then there are non-meat ones like ume shiso, pickled vegetables, and spicy tofu. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.
Snow Ball Rice Ball
It’s right there in the name of the casual Highland cafe (with a second location up in Anderson Arbor). The Japanese and Korean menu’s rice balls — aka onigiri — comes in both traditional and not-traditional fillings, such as mayonnaise tuna, mushroom and eggs, bacon and avocado, and crab. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are also online pickup and delivery orders available through Uber Eats; there are indoor dine-in areas.
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The Japanese market with two locations (this one in Brentwood and the other one down on South Lamar) is the premier spot for onigiri in Austin. The Onigiri Corner menu includes everything from plain to umeboshi to kombu to the karaage chicken-mayonnaise to the shiitake soboro. Pickup orders can be placed in person.
Komé: Sushi Kitchen
One of Austin’s best sushi restaurants in North Loop serves two types of onigiri for dinner. There’s the chazuke, where the salmon onigiri is doused in a dashi broth. And then there’s the yaki-onigiri, where the miso-salmon rice ball is pan-grilled. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.
For happy hour, the Zilker fancy Japanese restaurant offers a fried onigiri made of short ribs, cauliflower curry, and sweet potatoes. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.