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Best Restaurant Interior Design: Mickie Spencer

Best Restaurant Interior Design: Mickie Spencer
PHOTO BY Todd V. Wolfson

Local diners already know Spencer's eclectic work at East Side Show Room, Hillside Farmacy, and Sawyer & Co., but this year she outdid herself with a pair of stunners. Ah Sing Den replaced the Show Room's metallic steampunk with luscious 18th century velvet and fringe. Eberly somehow manages to transition from midcentury modern to Victorian with nary a stumble. The best restaurant interiors have the power to transport. Spencer is Austin's most capable captain.

Ah Sing Den: 1100 E. Sixth, 512/467-4280, www.ahsingden.com; Eberly: 615 S. Lamar, 512/916-9000, www.eberlyaustin.com

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