The 2014 Food Issue

We don't have the statistics in front of us, but we're fairly certain humans spend as much time thinking about food as they do sex, so Valentine's Day seemed like an especially apt time to unveil our second annual Food Issue. Herein, you'll find stories about competitive eating, entomophagy, band tour diets, the art of food photography, the food forest movement, and much, much more.

The bedrock of the Food Issue is our 2014 First Plates Awards, which culls our critics' picks for the best and buzziest Austin restaurants, grouped by neighborhood. Because no matter where you are, there's always a great meal right around the corner.

First Plates: Critics Favorites of 2014

Photo Galleries
Guess which iconic Austin restaurant sign each of these photo pieces belong to.

Where does one have to go – to see this sweet mustacio?

See pictures 8 & 9 for the answer.
Guess Which Sign?
It's raw, it's gluten-free, it's lettuce! Even a raging meatophile like Hungry Todd Rungy knows it's best to start with some leafy greens.
Hungry Todd Rungy
Leslie Cottrill mixes a spicy Desert Session cocktail at Rio Rita, wearing a roll-brim felt boater, tortoiseshell cuff, and fringed necklace.Back to column.
Austin Server Style
Food photographer Jody Horton takes the kinds of images that get your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling, so it's no wonder that he's been tapped by the likes of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, GQ, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, and The New York Times to shoot food for them. Here's a small sampling of his work. For more, visit www.jodyhorton.com.
Jody Horton's Food
Tori Espinosa and Meghan Krasnoff bake at Sugar Circus.
Chef Tattoos

From the Print Edition

The Way of the 'Food Forest'

Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture

Anna Toon, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

The New Look of Fine Dining

Austin's emerging restaurant empires

Rachel Feit, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

The Future Food Salon Carries a Message of Tasty Protein on Six Legs

Haute cuisine gets buggy to promote progressive thinking about global food supplies

Wayne Alan Brenner, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Rock Lobster

How do you eat healthy on tour?

Kevin Curtin, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Hungry Todd Rungy Knows How to Look Good While Eating Anything

Austin's favorite flag-waving super-patriot shows you how it's done

Wayne Alan Brenner, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

The Joy & Tiffany of Cooking

Local women revolutionize cooking for singles and couples, one YouTube video at a time

Jessi Cape, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Chew on This

The tech and TV tie-ins to Austin restaurants

Monica Riese and Shelley Hiam, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Food Is People

Look closely at Jody Horton's photographs of food, and you'll see the passionate folks who make it

Robert Faires, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

American Dreamer

Tiffany Harelik writes her own story through her cookbook series dedicated to Austin's food trailers

Melanie Haupt, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

From the Daily Feed

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My First Paycheck Was -$2.95

On being a terrible waiter

Andy Campbell, Wed., Feb. 19, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Picking

What could possibly be the reason for the way I eat?

Jordan Gass-Pooré, Wed., Feb. 19, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Reading Between the Lines

The weight of a family cookbook

Brandon Watson, Tue., Feb. 18, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: 10 Years a Server

The trenches of the service industry are full of lessons

Claire Gordon, Mon., Feb. 17, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Edibile Beyoncé

Valentine’s dinner for one

Abby Johnston, Fri., Feb. 14, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Cafe Bistro, Will You Be My Valentine?

I'm taking my little one on a date… to the mall

Terry Ornelas Woodroffe, Fri., Feb. 14, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

Take your love and your love for food on a journey this V-Day

Lizzie Jespersen, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Very Superstitious

Do certain foods have supernatural powers?

Ria Nevada, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Free on the 14th?

Valentine's is still delicious for us single people

Andrea Kinnison, Wed., Feb. 12, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Blood & Chocolate

Valentine’s playlist: ‘Someone left the cake out in the rain’

Jim Caligiuri, Wed., Feb. 12, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: Sandwiched Together

Notes from the 'Chronicle' lunch line

Kimberley Jones, Wed., Feb. 12, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Dinners with Jon Dee Graham

Cooking tips from one True Believer to another

William Harries Graham, Tue., Feb. 11, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: I'm Waiting for My Ham

A few lines about the lines around Austin

Chase Hoffberger, Mon., Feb. 10, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Relationship as a Google Doc

Foodie favorites find an OCD home

Monica Riese, Mon., Feb. 10, 2014

Food Issue Extra Helpings

We're smacking our lips in anticipation of First Plates

Kate X Messer, Mon., Feb. 10, 2014