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2016ReadersFood & Drink

Best Artisan Food Maker
Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria

Absolutely amazing, locally sourced meats. Their sandwiches are killer and serve to remind me why I am never going vegan. – Jerry Durham

1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383, www.saltandtime.com

Best Barbecue
The Salt Lick

Awwww, the pleasant drive, beautiful country serenity … the vineyards, the intoxicating smell of the barbecue … true Texas rawness. – Melvis Lara

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, 512/858-4959; 3350 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/386-1044, www.saltlickbbq.com

Best Breakfast
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Again, Jesus had Kerbey Lane at the Last Supper. What many don't know is that he also had it for the Last Breakfast. Fact. – Robbie Phillips

Multiple locations, www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best Brewery/Distiller
Austin Beerworks

Everyone at Austin Beerworks is such a pleasure, and it doesn't hurt they have the best beer in Texas. – Paige Fincher

3009 Industrial Terrace, 512/821-2494, www.austinbeerworks.com

Best Burger
Hopdoddy Burger Bar

I didn't eat hamburgers before coming to Hopdoddy. Now I'm going once a week to make up for lost time. – Erin Anderson

Multiple locations, www.hopdoddy.com

Best Cheap Date
Torchy's Tacos

I went on my first date with my now-husband to Torchy's back when we were poor. It will always hold a special place in my heart. – Ellen Bond

Multiple locations, www.torchystacos.com

Best Chef
Tyson Cole

Tyson is so real. Love to see him at the restaurants and chatting with guests. His creations are incredible. – Daniel Allen

801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com/uchi-biographies

Best Coffee Shop
Radio Coffee & Beer

Pretty much every situation in life can be improved with the proper application of caffeine and booze. – Joe Ballato

4204 Manchaca Rd., 512/394-7844, www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com

Best Desserts
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

Honestly, I used to be pretty ambivalent about cupcakes. But when I first tasted that cream cheese frosting on a Sugar Mama's cupcake, the heavens opened up to me. I will never be the same again. – Katelyn Alexander

1905-A S. First, 512/448-3727; 2406-B Manor Rd., 512/912-6628, www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com

Best Established Restaurant
Uchi

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com

Best Family Restaurant
Chuy's

Because there is always someone in your family who fucking loves Elvis. – Chelsea Fullwood

Multiple locations, www.chuys.com

Best Fine Dining
Uchi

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com

Best Food Truck
East Side King

🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 – Meghan Curley

Multiple locations, www.eastsideking.com

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Treats
Amy's Ice Creams

There are few places that make you feel like Austin more than Amy's, whether it's in the airport or anywhere around town. – Drew Ingram

Multiple locations, www.amysicecreams.com

Best Late-Night Dining
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Again, Jesus had Kerbey Lane at the Last Supper. What many don't know is that he also had it for the Last Breakfast. Fact. – Robbie Phillips

Multiple locations, www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best New Restaurant
Irene's

Interesting menu and great cocktails. The staff is super friendly and the concept is warm and inviting. Irene must be a pretty awesome lady. – Carlos Pasculado

506 West Ave., 512/298-0853, www.irenesaustin.com

Best Noodles/Ramen
Ramen Tatsu-Ya

I've had some pretty heated arguments with close friends about this, and I feel firmly that other ramen shops in Austin can't touch Tatsu-Ya. Their broths are the most hearty and flavorful, and that's what makes it my go-to. – Ashley Gallagher

8557 Research #126, 512/893-5561; 1234 S. Lamar, 512/893-5561, www.ramen-tatsuya.com

Best Pastry Chef
Laura Sawicki – Launderette

She has made the dessert something that makes you want it to be your birthday when you go! – Claire Frisby

Launderette 2115 Holly, 512/382-1599 www.launderetteaustin.com

Best Patio
Shady Grove

People-watching on the patio at Shady Grove during ACL Fest should be on everyone's bucket list. – Joe Ballato

1624 Barton Springs Rd., 512/474-9991, www.theshadygrove.com

Best Pizza
Home Slice Pizza

There's nothing better than sitting at the bar with a PBR and feeling the heat from those ovens. – Joe Ballato

1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437 www.homeslicepizza.com

Best Service
Uchi

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com

Best Tex-Mex/Taqueria
Chuy's

Because there is always someone in your family who fucking loves Elvis. – Chelsea Fullwood

Multiple locations, www.chuys.com

Best Vegan/Vegetarian
Bouldin Creek Cafe

The only thing that would make this place better is if they served the Renedict at all times, always. I could drink the chipotle pecan pesto. – Antonia Gales

1900 S. First, 512/416-1601, www.bouldincreek.com

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