Denver-based fast-casual restaurant Tokyo Joe’s opened their first Texas location in Richardson, at 300 West Campbell Road (75 & Campbell).
Tokyo Joe’s (aka Joe’s or TJ’s) is an Asian style restaurant that serves made-to-order sushi, build-your-own rice or noodle bowls and salads. Joe’s has a focus on fresh and healthy food preparation, opting to serve sautéed, grilled or steamed items. Nothing at Joe’s is fried.
The opening of the 2700-square foot location in Richardson is the first of many to come to the metroplex…and to the state of Texas. “The Dallas area is going to be a big, big market for us, ” says Larry Leith, founder of Tokyo Joe’s.
Prior to the opening, I was able to get a sneak peek sample of the menu. Below are a few of the dishes I fell in love with and suggest you try.
Crab Cheese Wonton Roll – contains 100% real crab mix, cream cheese and avocado. It’s topped off with panko crumbs, wonton strips and sweet chili sauce. I love the crunch of this roll and the sweet heat of the chili sauce against the creamy crab, cheese and avocado.
MoJo Bowl – White chicken sautéed with pineapple, egg, carrots, red onion, red pepper in a sweet and spicy sauce. This bowl is so full of chicken! I really enjoyed the combination of pineapple with the red pepper (red bell pepper) and the sauce…swoon!
Of course the Texas launch comes with some exciting new menu items, unique to the state:
Texas Roll – an Americanized sushi-style roll with grilled shrimp, steak, red onion, cilantro, avocado, cucumber and green dragon sauce. For me, the highlight of this roll is the combination tender steak, avocado, green dragon sauce (with serrano peppers) and cooling cucumber.
Surf & Turf – a robust bowl full of steak and shrimp, sautéed red peppers, mushrooms and snap peas, garnished with green onion and served with either Teriyaki or Spicy-Aki sauce and a choice of rice or noodles. This bowl will rock your socks! I got it with udon noodles and Spicy-Aki sauce (a spicy teriyaki sauce). This was by far my favorite menu item to try. The steak is juicy and tender and the shrimp are huge and plentiful in this dish.
I hope you try my menu suggestions and some of the other items Joe’s offers. The build-you-own bowl option is very popular with regulars of the Colorado locations. I can’t wait to hear about some of the combinations Texans create.
Scoop: A Frisco location is opening VERY, VERY soon!
Images via Tokyo Joe’s.