Tiny Restaurants to Try

Austin's tiniest restaurant nabs a spot on elite list of must-try eateries

Tiny Austin restaurant nabs a spot on elite list of must-try eateries

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Paul Qui's 12-seat Otoko was recently named to Food & Wine's exclusive list of super-tiny restaurants to try this year. Qui/Facebook

As they say, big things come in small packages. Such is the case for five U.S. restaurants that were recently touted in Food & Wine magazine's article, "Why You Should Try One of These Awesome, Exclusive, Super-Tiny Restaurants."

The list spans from LA to NYC, and it comes as no surprise that Paul Qui’s highly anticipated Otoko makes the elite list.

The 12-seat omakase-style restaurant is slated to open January 2016 in the hip new South Congress Hotel. With a heavy focus on sushi, guests of Otoko will enjoy “kaiseki,” a style of Japanese cuisine of small, intricate, chef-driven dishes concocted by Qui and his right-hand man, Yoshi Okai.

One of the many benefits of tiny restaurants is the level of intimacy patrons feel in the space and with the staff, elevating the entire tasting experience. Instead of getting lost in the shuffle and feeling like just another guest, tiny restaurants make dining personal and create a greater connection between people and their food. They also inevitably bring the kitchen to the forefront, allowing for maximum interaction and engagement.

One other Texas restaurant made Food & Wine’s list: the soon-to-open, 20-seat Revolver Taco Lounge in Dallas. The magazine’s other “super-tiny” restaurants to try include the 10-seat Le Comptoir in Los Angeles; Graffiti in New York; and FarmTable Kitchen at Locale Market in St. Petersburg, Florida.