The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2006 Critics Picks

Chef We'll Miss

Paul Petersen, formerly of Little Texas Bistro, now at the Gage Hotel

Chef We're Glad to See Again

Marisela Godinez at Austin's BBQ

Chef's Promotion We Applaud

Alma Alcocer-Thomas at Jeffrey's

Best Ethnic Burger

Chorizo Burger at Austin's BBQ

Best Miniburgers

Phil's Icehouse

Best Fast Burger

Burger Tex II on Guadalupe

Best Medium-Fast Burger

The Jackalope

Best Sloooow Burger

Casino el Camino

Best Big-Ass Burger

Roaring Fork

Best Dressed Burger in a Cosmic Cowboy Honky-Tonk

Poodie Burger at Poodie's Hilltop

Best Little Lemon Bite

Petit Lemon Pot at Wink

Best Big Lemon Bite

Sour Lemon Tart at Capitol Brasserie

Best SoCo Slice

Home Slice Pizza

Best Cannoli This Side of Little Italy

Home Slice Pizza

Best Eastside Slice

East Side Pies

Best Meat and Potatoes

Capitol Brasserie

Best Kept Secret We're Willing to Share

Cafe Caprice

Best Irish Blarney

Bull McCabe's

Best Pairing of Small Plates and Spirits

219 West

Best Cheese Plate


Best House-Cured Meats


Best Gourmet Home Delivery

Le Marseillais

Best Food Court

Barton Creek Farmers Market

Best Hotdog This Side of NYC

Best Flavors to Enlighten the Palate


Bar Where They Sweat All the Details

Opal Divine's

Best Happy Hour

Champagne Thursdays at Fino

Best New Margarita

Tom's Pear Margarita at Vespaio

Still the Best Take-Off on a Margarita

Mexican Martini at the Cedar Door

Best Michelada

El Chile Cafe y Cantina

Best Refrescos


Best Barbecue Sauce

Salt Lick in Driftwood; R.O.'s in Spicewood

Best Cheese Soup

1886 Cafe & Bakery

Best Specialty Teas

Tea Embassy

Best Vegetarian Tamales

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Best Oaxacan Tamales

Oaxacan Tamaleo

Best Macaroni & Cheese for Grownups

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Best Use of Chicken Thighs and Fiery Red Peppers

Pao's Mandarin House

Best New Laid-Back Oyster Bar

Quality Seafood Market

Best Vietnamese

Le Soleil

Best South Indian Vegetarian Food

Madras Pavilion

Best Unheralded Ethnic Food

Macedonian Cuisine at Kebab Palace

Best Taste Tango

Buenos Aires Cafe

Best Southside Sensibility Transported North of the River

Jo's Hot Coffee Downtown

Best Culinary Justification for Fairy Lights on Second Street


Best Place to Impress Bigwigs from NYC

The Driskill Grill

Best Low-Fat Salad Dressing

Low-Fat Lemon Vinaigrette at Baby Greens

Best Place to Take Your Dog to Lunch

Freddie's Place

Best Fried Pies

Jo's Coffee

Best Pies and Cobblers

R.O.'s Outpost

Best Authentic Bagel

Texas French Bread

Best 1950's Texas Nostalgia Decor, Not to Mention Fried Chicken

Top Notch Hamburgers

Best Back to the Forties Nostalgic Dining

Arkie's Grill

Best Old-Style Soda Fountain


Best Drive-Through Cuisine

El Regio Pollo Asado

Most Elegant Old South Sunday Brunch

Green Pastures Restaurant

Most Opulent Sunday Brunch With a Side of People Watching

TRIO at the Four Seasons

Best Non-Mexican Latino Food

El Sunzal

Best Asian-Style Fried Chicken

Java Noodles

Most Authentic French Bistro

Chez Nous

Best Overall Ethnic Market

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Best New Italian Market and Cafe, Central

Mandola's Italian Kitchen

Best New Italian Market and Cafe, South


Best Asian Takeout

Whole Roast Ducks and char-sui pork at Din-Ho Chinese BBQ

Most Authentic Middle Eastern Flavors

Marakesh Cafe & Grill

Best Chinese Seafood and Dim Sum

Marco Polo Restaurant

Best Place to Eat Good Steaks in Your Swimsuit

Backstage Steakhouse & Garden Bar

Best Cheap Italian Food and Free Texas Roots Music

Gino's Italian Grill

Ed Ward Memorial Chicken Sandwich Award

Phoenicia's Chicken w/ garlic yogurt sauce

Best Atypical Fish Dishes

Bombay Bistro

Best Late-Night Barbecue

Sam's BBQ

Best Gelato

TIE: Caffe Teo, Gelato's

Best Al Fresco Dining, East

TIE: Azul, Vivo

Best Al Fresco Dining, South

Tree House Italian Grill

Best Al Fresco Dining, Northwest


Best Al Fresco Dining, Central

Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

Best Tacos

Tacos Doblados at Cilantro's

Best Taco Combo

Picadillo and Birria at El Borrego de Oro

Best Retro Game Dish

Venison Chili Frito Pie at Ranch 616

Restaurants Worth a Drive

Cafe 909 in Marble Falls; Royers Round Top Cafe

Most Improved Food Event

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

Restaurants We Miss

TIE: Bitter End Bistro & Brewery, Little Texas Bistro

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