Austin: Where Food Meets Music

The Live Music Capital of the World® pulses with a history of rhythm embedded into its culture. Alongside its musical history, Austin is home to some of the most creative cuisine around. From mouth-watering barbecue spots to upscale dining, the city has established itself as a pioneer in the culinary world.

The Dynamic Duo

Tatsu Aikawa & Takuya “Tako” Matsumoto

Before they started a local ramen revolution with Ramen Tatsu-ya, Kemuri Tatsu-ya's noodle-focused predecessor, Chef Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto spun hip-hop records across Texas and Chef Tatsu Aikawa's gigs spanned the globe, opening for legends like KRS-One, Method Man, Redman and Pete Rock. Both chefs started working in kitchens while they were DJ'ing and found that the two worlds are not dissimilar.

Between utilizing a beat at a warehouse party to creating the perfect atmosphere with an original dish, controlling a crowd and providing a one of a kind experience is natural to this multifaceted duo. These innovative artists encompass the future of Austin’s unique culture.

Check out some of the local food and music hot spots in Austin:

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Often considered one of the best ramen joints in the nation, this hip noodle house serves up authentic, savory ramen and small bites. Learn more.

Kemuri Tatsu-ya

From the team behind Ramen Tatsu-ya, Kemuri Tatsu-ya is an izakaya,offering a relaxed experience featuring smoked and grilled skewered meats, izakaya classics, and ramen. The bar program features a wide range of sake, shochu, Japanese and Texan microbrews, and innovative Japanese-influenced cocktails. Learn more.

East Side King

Globally influenced Japanese street food, East Side King is inspired by Asian cultures, rock bands, art and Austin's laid-back, fun-loving vibe. Check out their truck outside of Liberty or the brick and mortar location on South Lamar. Learn more.

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

This Asian smokehouse and bar, brought to you by James Beard Award winners Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, focuses on combining Texan and Asian influences highlighting smoked meats, sides, craft beer and batch cocktails. Learn more.

To check out more of the local music scene, explore the artists and venues below!