Austin's General Tso'Boy Brings a Genius Culinary Concept to Mainstream Dining

Love Chinese food? How about sandwiches? If your answer is yes and yes, say hello to your new favorite fusion
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General Tso'Boy

This American Chinese fusion eatery has created the ultimate fusion sandwich; try one out on June 21st, its opening day.

Here's how I imagine it all started. It's after midnight and a young college student stares into the empty refrigerator. In the background a few good friends call out for something to eat. Peering into the fridge there's a half order of General Tso's chicken and a few pieces of honey walnut shrimp.

Not enough to feed one of them, let alone all five, quickly the student looks on the counter and sees a bag of baguettes. Well, why not? If noodles can spread out sauce, then why not baguettes for Chinese food. They take the leftovers and carefully divide them among the baguettes. Spreading the sauce and adding some lettuce, what was once not enough for one person became a feast for several. The General Tso Boy was born.

The friends raved about these sandwiches they ate late one night and soon friends and acquaintances alike gathered at this tiny apartment for the ultimate fusion sandwiches. I could be completely wrong, perhaps a mad scientist created these wondrous things in his lab? Maybe a genius chef woke up with an epiphany.

However these crazy simple genius sandwiches arrived to us here in Austin, I am so glad they have. There's nothing fancy here friends ― it's your favorite americanized Chinese dish on a baguette, but it's good. It's so simple I wonder why I've never been to a place like this before, or even drunkenly made one of these sandwiches in the wee hours of the night.

Situated in the new Rock Rose district in The Domain, this sandwich shop is the perfect place to get your greasy, heavy, satisfying sandwich on. The problem? They're only open until 9:00 p.m. Now you might be saying to yourself, “Awww, man that place would be great after the bar!” But hey, there's always day drinking, right?

This is an inventive, neat little place. Whether for lunch or dinner on the go, this eatery offers something familiarly different. If you like takeout Chinese food on the go, this place is for you.

I tried 3 different “po'boys” ― the Honey Walnut Shrimp, The General Tso. and the Pepper Beef. All were good with contrasting textures and flavors. Sweet, crunchy, salty, spicy, and savory. My favorite was the pepper beef, but each was uniquely delicious. Warning: the fries are very spicy, but offer a nice kick to your meal.

General Tso'Boy officially opens June 21st.

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