From the minute I saw the exterior of She’s Not Here, Austin’s newest sushi restaurant, I was dying to go. I love the huge, colorful, tropical flowers painted on the outside and the vibe on the inside is all tropical and islandy.

This place gives me all the feels of an Ernest Hemingway novel. There is the huge mural of a beautiful woman, by street artist Mez Data. Large palm fronds are the backdrop for a corner table. You can sit in British Colonial furniture at the front of the restaurant, by the large windows, and people watch on 2nd Street until your dinner date arrives.

Bathrooms are always one of my favorite areas in any restaurant, and these were pretty cute. Tropical wallpaper sits on top white bead board and the grey and white stylized tile on the floor is right on time with design trends of the day.

In addition to the fresh feel of the interior design, the food was delicious and fresh. I particularly loved the Crab Butter handroll. I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I had 3 of them. My other favorite dish was the Citrus Salad. It was as colorful as the restaurant. I would definitely add this place to your sushi rotation, and don’t forget to try the tropical cocktails. Doesn’t everyone love a drink with an umbrella in it?

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