The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2008 Readers Poll

Favorites

1. Uchi
2. Cibo
3. wink
4. Vespaio
5. Fonda San Miguel
6. Mars Restaurant and Bar
7. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
8. Eastside Cafe
9. Lamberts
10. Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar
11. Austin Java
12. The Belmont
13. Botticelli's
14. Sazón
15. Trudy's
16. Chinatown
17. Imperia
18. Chuy's
19. The Salt Lick
20. Castle Hill Cafe
21. The Clay Pit
22. Maudie's Tex-Mex
23. Chez Zee
24. Home Slice Pizza
25. Enoteca Vespaio
26. parkside
27. Eddie V's Edgewater Grille
28. Z'Tejas
29. Asti
30. Ranch 616
31. Bistrot Mirabelle
32. Hula Hut
33. Manuel's
34. 219 West
35. Chez Nous

Best Appetizer

Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

Runners-up
Saba Blue Water Cafe, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Honorable Mention
219 West, Uchi, Mars Restaurant and Bar, Z'Tejas

Best Barbecue

The Salt Lick

Runners-up
Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, County Line
Honorable Mention
Lamberts, Ruby's BBQ, Artz Rib House

Best Hamburger

Hut's Hamburgers

Runners-up
Casino el Camino, P. Terry's Burger Stand
Honorable Mention
Top Notch Drive-In, Sandy's Hamburgers, Dan's Hamburgers, Phil's Icehouse

Best Steak

Sullivan's Steakhouse

Runner-up
III Forks
Honorable Mention
Lamberts, Austin Land & Cattle Company, Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House

Best Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking

Runner-up
Threadgill's North
Honorable Mention
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Pluckers Wing Bar, Dot's Place, Shady Grove

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Threadgill's North

Honorable Mention
Hill's Cafe, Broken Spoke, Shady Grove

Best Chile-Pepper Dish

Chuy's

Runner-up
El Chile Cafe y Cantina
Honorable Mention
Fonda San Miguel, Sazón, Polvos

Best French Fries

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Phil's Icehouse, P. Terry's Burger Stand
Honorable Mention
Opal Divine's, Enoteca Vespaio

Best Hot Dog

Dog Almighty

Runner-up
The Best Wurst
Honorable Mention
Lucky Dog, Shady Grove, Sonic, Doggie Styles, Doggie Style Hotdogs

Best Chips and Hot Sauce

Chuy's

Runner-up
El Chile Cafe y Cantina
Honorable Mention
Hula Hut, Trudy's, Polvos

Best Taco

TIE: Taco Shack, Tacodeli

Runner-up
Torchy's Tacos South
Honorable Mention
El Chilito Tacos y Cafe, Maria's Taco Xpress, Changos Taqueria

Best Soup

The Soup Peddler

Runners-up
Central Market, Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
Eastside Cafe, Austin Java, Cafe Mundi

Best Salad/Dressing

Baby Greens

Runner-up
leaf
Honorable Mention
Eastside Cafe, Mother's Cafe & Garden, Bartlett's

Best Seafood Dish

Eddie V's Edgewater Grille

Runners-up
Uchi, Truluck's
Honorable Mention
Quality Seafood Market, Imperia, Gumbo's of Round Rock

Best Pub Grub

The Dog & Duck Pub

Runners-up
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, Pluckers Wing Bar
Honorable Mention
The Tavern, Opal Divine's, Crown & Anchor Pub

Best Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Runner-up
Panera Bread
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market, Austin Java, Hot Jumbo Bagel

Best Sushi

Uchi

Runner-up
Imperia
Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Kyoto, Maiko, Maru Japanese Restaurant

Best Tofu Dish

Veggie Heaven

Runner-up
Mr. Natural
Honorable Mention
Mother's Cafe & Garden, The Steeping Room

Best Dim Sum

TIE: Tien Hong, Chinatown

Runner-up
Imperia
Honorable Mention
T&S Chinese Restaurant, Marco Polo Restaurant, Jade Leaves TeaHouse

Best Bowl of Pho

Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Runners-up
Pho Saigon, Pho Thaison
Honorable Mention
Pho Hoang, Mekong River, Triumph Cafe

Best American Breakfast

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Runners-up
Magnolia Cafe, Austin Java
Honorable Mention
Austin Diner, IHOP, Chez Zee, Counter Cafe

Best Mexican Breakfast

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Runner-up
Juan in a Million
Honorable Mention
Taco Shack, Trudy's

Best Sandwich

ThunderCloud Subs

Runners-up
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
Little Deli & Pizzeria, FoodHeads, The Kitchen Door

Best Bread

Whole Foods Market

Runner-up
Texas French Bread
Honorable Mention
Upper Crust Bakery, Panera Bread, Central Market

Best Desserts

Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita

Runner-up
Chez Zee
Honorable Mention
The Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods Market, Amy's Ice Creams

Best Ice Cream

Amy's Ice Creams

Runners-up
Marble Slab Creamery, Ben & Jerry's
Honorable Mention
Baskin-Robbins, Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita, Cold Stone Creamery

Best Gelato

Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita

Runners-up
Whole Foods Market, Central Market
Honorable Mention
Dolce Vita, Mandola's Italian Market

Best Local Chocolate

Miles of Chocolate

Runners-up
Tempt Chocolate, Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
Viva Chocolato!, Lammes Candies

Best Coffee

Austin Java

Runners-up
Starbucks Coffee, Jo's Coffee Downtown, Little City
Honorable Mention
Pacha, Caffé Medici Espresso & Coffee House, Kick Butt Coffee

Best Pizza

TIE: Home Slice Pizza, Austin's Pizza

Runners-up
Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza, East Side Pies
Honorable Mention
Rounders Pizzeria, Brick Oven Restaurant, Conans Pizza

Best Enchiladas

Chuy's

Runners-up
El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Enchiladas y Mas, Trudy's, Sazón

Best Vegetables

Eastside Cafe

Runners-up
Threadgill's World HQ, Mother's Cafe & Garden
Honorable Mention
Hoover's Cooking, Casa de Luz, Mr. Natural

Best Chicken Dish

Pluckers Wing Bar

Runners-up
parkside, Sazón, Trudy's
Honorable Mention
Z'Tejas, Botticelli's, Hoover's Cooking

Best Wild-Game Dish

Hudson's on the Bend

Runner-up
Ranch 616
Honorable Mention
Mesa Ranch, Bistrot Mirabelle

Best Bargain Dish

Migas at Tamale House

Runners-up
Bahn Mi at Tâm Deli & Cafe, Tacos at Chuco's Tacos
Honorable Mention
Oysters on the Half Shell at Quality Seafood Market, Pizza at Austin's Pizza

Best Veggie Burger

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Runners-up
Hut's Hamburgers, Mother's Cafe & Garden
Honorable Mention
Crown & Anchor Pub, Shady Grove, Waterloo Ice House

Best Vegetarian Dish

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runners-up
Veggie Heaven, Mr. Natural
Honorable Mention
Casa de Luz, The Clay Pit, Sunflower Restaurant

Best Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

Fonda San Miguel

Runners-up
Sazón, Polvos
Honorable Mention
Curra's Grill, El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Manuel's

Best Tex-Mex

Chuy's

Runners-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Trudy's
Honorable Mention
Matt's El Rancho, Vivo CLOSED

Best Taqueria

Torchy's Tacos

Runner-up
Taqueria Arandas
Honorable Mention
Taco Shack, Maria's Taco Xpress, El Chilito Tacos y Cafe

Best Italian

Vespaio

Runner-up
Mandola's Italian Market
Honorable Mention
Cibo, La Traviata Italian Bistro, Romeo's, Asti

Best Cajun/Creole

Gumbo's

Runner-up
Evangeline Cafe
Honorable Mention
The Boiling Pot, Cypress Grill, Shoal Creek Saloon

Best Middle Eastern

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Runner-up
Marakesh Cafe & Grill
Honorable Mention
Ararat, Alborz Persian Cuisine

Best Indian

The Clay Pit

Runner-up
Star of India
Honorable Mention
Sarovar Indian Cuisine, Swad, Taj Palace

Best Chinese

Chinatown

Runners-up
Imperia, Suzi's China Kitchen
Honorable Mention
Din Ho Chinese BBQ, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Tien Hong

Best Japanese

Uchi

Runners-up
Musashino Sushi Dokoro, Zen Japanese Food Fast
Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Kyoto, Imperia, Maru Japanese Restaurant, Mikado Ryotei

Best Korean

Korea House

Runners-up
Koreana Grill & Sushi Bar, Koriente Restaurant & Tea House
Honorable Mention
Korea Garden, DK Sushi, Imperia

Best Thai

Madam Mam's

Runner-up
Thai Kitchen
Honorable Mention
Thai Passion, Satay, Thai Tara

Best Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant

Runner-up
Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Mekong River, Hai Ky, Bamboo Asian Grille

Best Other Asian

Imperia

Runners-up
Bamboo Asian Grille, Java Noodles, Uchi
Honorable Mention
Jade Leaves TeaHouse, Pei Wei Asian Diner

Best American

Runners-up
Threadgill's World HQ, wink
Honorable Mention
Kerbey Lane Cafe, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Best Vegetarian Natural

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runner-up
Mr. Natural
Honorable Mention
Casa de Luz, Whole Foods Market, Veggie Heaven

Best French

Chez Nous

Runner-up
Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
La Madeleine, Flip Happy Crepes, Chez Zee

Best Other Ethnic

Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

Runners-up
Sampaio's Brazilian Cuisine, Tinos Greek Cafe
Honorable Mention
Texas Embassy, Drakula Romanian Restaurant, Buenos Aires Cafe

Best New Restaurant

Imperia

Runners-up
parkside, Botticelli's
Honorable Mention
Primizie Osteria, The Steeping Room

Best Chef

TIE: Tyson Cole at Uchi, Shawn Cirkiel at Parkside

Runners-up
Joe Tellus at Imperia
Honorable Mention
Will Packwood at Cibo, Larry McGuire at Lamberts

Best Service/Waitstaff

Imperia

Runner-up
Uchi
Honorable Mention
wink, Bistrot Mirabelle, 219 West

Best Full-Service Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery

Runner-up
Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe
Honorable Mention
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, Texas French Bread

Best Grocery

Central Market

Runner-up
Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
Wheatsville Food Co-op, HEB

Best Ethnic Market

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Runner-up
Fiesta
Honorable Mention
Mandola's Italian Market, MT Supermarket

Best Patio/Beer Garden

Shady Grove

Runner-up
Little Woodrow's
Honorable Mention
Draught House Pub & Brewery, The Ginger Man, Botticelli's

Best Street Food

Cupcake at Hey Cupcake!

Runner-up
Bratwurst at Best Wurst
Honorable Mention
Arawraps at Ararat, taco at Torchy's Tacos

Best Decor

TIE: Uchi, Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
Vivo CLOSED
Honorable Mention
Imperia, Chez Zee, Mars Restaurant and Bar

Best Romantic

wink

Runners-up
Romeo's, Uchi
Honorable Mention
Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar, Vespaio

Best Sunday Brunch

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Chez Zee, Fonda San Miguel
Honorable Mention
Z'Tejas, South Congress Cafe, Galaxy Cafe, Four Seasons Hotel

Best Fast Food

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Runners-up
Taco Cabana, Zen Japanese Food Fast
Honorable Mention
Baby Greens, Whataburger, ThunderCloud Subs

Best Takeout

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Runner-up
Austin's Pizza
Honorable Mention
Baby Greens, Thai Kitchen, Home Slice Pizza

Best Delivery

Austin's Pizza

Runner-up
The Soup Peddler
Honorable Mention
Eat Out In, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza, East Side Pies

Best Wine List

219 West

Runners-up
Vino Vino, Bistrot Mirabelle
Honorable Mention
Vin Bistro, wink

Best Mixologist

Bill Norris at Fino

Runners-up
Joyce Garrison at Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Honorable Mention
Tim Brown at Botticelli's, Duc Dinh at 219 West

Best Beer Selection

The Ginger Man

Runner-up
Flying Saucer
Honorable Mention
Draught House Pub & Brewery

Best Buffet

Star of India

Runners-up
The Clay Pit, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Honorable Mention
Buffet Palace, Taj Palace

Best Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

Happy Hour Appetizers at 219 West

Runners-up
Half-Price Appetizers at Manuels
Honorable Mention
Happy Hour at Imperia, Half-Price Appetizers at Eddie V's Edgewater Grille

Best Late Night/All Night

TIE: Kerbey Lane Cafe, Magnolia Cafe

Runner-up
Katz's Deli & Bar
Honorable Mention
Star Seeds Cafe, parkside, Viva Chocolato!

Best Place to Take Kids

Phil's Icehouse

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
Waterloo Ice House, Freddie's Place

Best Place to Take Parents

TIE: The Oasis, Eastside Cafe

Runners-up
The Salt Lick, Shady Grove
Honorable Mention
Fonda San Miguel

Best Restaurant Within 60 Miles

The Salt Lick

Runner-up
Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar
Honorable Mention
Smitty's Market, Trattoria Lisina

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

Ararat

Runner-up
Les Amis
Honorable Mention
Brentwood Tavern, West Lynn Cafe, Capitol Brasserie

Best Other Restaurant Worth Noting

Ararat at Hot Mama's Espresso Bar

Runners-up
The Steeping Room, Imperia
Honorable Mention
Sazón, Hog Island Italian Deli

Best Food Event

La Dolce Vita at Laguna Gloria

Runner-up
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Honorable Mention
Taste of Austin, Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

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