“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Don't let the strip mall stretch be a deterrent. The moment you pass your keys to the valet, your experience begins at Uchiko, serving fish flown in daily from Tokyo. The prices are high at the sister to Austin's world-class sushi restaurant Uchi, but the meal is memorable. Nearby is Central Market, a grocery store where you can practically hear birds singing in the produce section. Belly up to the wine bar for a cheese plate and a wine flight. A five-minute drive to North Loop Boulevard is worthwhile for pedestrian-friendly shopping at independent stores and vintage boutiques stocking Mad Men-style furnishings.