May 8, 2014

In the mood for Chinese cuisine Head to A-OKAustin is a major hub for all types of foodies – the city can please barbecue fanatics, taco lovers, Tex Mex enthusiasts and more. But now there’s another popular restaurant opening up in Austin that serves something Austin doesn’t have a whole lot of: American-style Chinese food. Owner and restaurateur Jerry Reid and Former Alamo Drafthouse executive chef John Bullington were unimpressed with the lack of Chinese options in Austin, so they decided to open up their own establishment serving Chinese-American cuisine.The A-OK eatery opened up its doors to customers and has since received a warm welcome. Its soft-opening for friends and family only occurred on March 23. While 80 people RSVP’s, a whopping 275 people showed up, eager to get their hands on a menu.

A versatile menu
Reid and Bullington are prepared to offer customers a vast menu made up of 20 different dishes, including 10 bigger stir-fry options made with anything from tofu to beef or vegetables. Patrons can choose from appetizers, salads, soups and delectable stir-fry options that can’t be beat. While an Austin culinary arts program can help anyone whip up an authentic Chinese meal, there aren’t too many Chinese dining establishments in the Texas city.

More than food
Enjoy a beer or two with your Chinese cuisine – the establishment offers a variety of local and regional craft beer on tap, as well as canned craft brews. Not a beer connoisseur? Try wine instead. You can order your vino by the glass, carafe and bottle – all of the varieties complement the menu items. If you want to enjoy a meal at home, you even have the option to purchase beer and wine with to-go orders. Reid and Bullington aim to provide a convenient and enjoyable dining experience to all. In the coming weeks, the owner and chef expect to have their online ordering option ready to go, as well as their iPad ordering app, making it even easier to enjoy their cuisine. Customers can order online and either pick up their food at the counter or have it delivered to their car outside.

Modern interior
The inside of A-OK isn’t what you would associate with a typical intimate Chinese diner. Instead, the establishment is filled with modern, sophisticated and sleek decor. With bright white subway tile on the walls, industrial track lighting, steel stools and a black-and-white mounted photo of Richard Nixon’s historic visit to mainland China, the interior design is just as exquisite as the food. A-OK even implemented Chinese zodiac panels in the bathrooms.