The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

1996 Critics Picks

Best Appetizers

Manuel's Venison Chorizo Gorditas, Campechana & Blue Crab Nachos for half price!

Best Cajun Kiss

The Old Alligator Grill's Cajun Kisses

Best Hamburgers

Waterloo Ice House, Hudson's Grill

Best Malts & Milkshakes

Hudson's Grill, Hang Town Grill

Best Chile Pepper Dish

Dario's Chile Relleno

Best Chips & Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanitas

Best Pizza

34th Street Cafe's Tuscan Pizzas

Best Salad/Dressing

Bitter End Bistro & Brewery Field Green Salad with Wood-Roasted Chicken & Caramelized Pecans; Gilligan's Field Green Salad with Blackberry-Ginger Vinaigrette

Best Seafood Dishes

Z'Tejas: Seared Tuna with Wasabi; Cafe at the Four Seasons: Seared Ahi Tuna with Carrot Couscous, Bananas, and Wasabi

Best Bagels

Bagel Manufactory

Best Sushi

Musashino Sushi Dokoro

Best Mexican Breakfast

Juan in a Million Breakfast Tacos, Hernandez Cafe

Best Sandwiches

Texicalli Grille Dixie Red Hot Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries

Best Original Dessert Menu

Coyote Cafe, Jeffrey's Restaurant and Bar

Best Artisan Breads

Bread Alone

Best Finger Foods

Empanada Parlour

Best Sorbet

Amandine French Sorbets

Best Coffee

Little City

Best Chicken Dish

Curra's Chicken Fajitas

Best Enchiladas

El Sol y la Luna Enchiladas Rojas & Zacatecanas

Best Wild Game Dish

Bertram's Boar Chop, Coyote Cafe Boar Chicken Fried Steak

Best Bargain Dish

Phoenicia's Falafels

Best Natural Lunch On The Go

Wheatsville Food Co-op Take-Out

Best Bargain Restaurant

Fortune Pho 75

Best Interior Mexican

Las Palomas

Best Tex-Mex

Nuevo León

Best Italian

Stelline

Best Chinese

Suzi's China Grill (South) House of Pan (North)

Best Upscale American Regional

Zoot

Best Vegetarian

Mr. Natural

Best Downtown Ethnic Dive

Ted's Greek Corner

Best Vietnamese

Sea Dragon

Best New Restaurant

Jean-Luc's Bistro

Best Patio/Beergarden

Waterloo's Roof

Best Sophisticated Decor

TIE: Sullivan's Steakhouse, Louie's 106

Romantic

The Belgian Restaurant

Best Take-Out

Jay McCarthy's new menu at Central Market Cafe

Best Waitservice

Jack Silver, Dining Room Captain at the Cafe at the Four Seasons

Best Chef-At-Large

Miguel Ravago

Best Wine List

Zoot

Best Beer Selection

TIE: Draught House Pub & Brewery, The Ginger Man

Best Buffet

Marco Polo Restaurant

Best Comfort Food

Dot's Place

Best Lakeside Food

Iguana Grill

Best Late Night/All Night

Star Seeds Cafe

Best Place To Take Your Kids For Real Food

Hang Town Grill

Best Restaurant Within Sixty Miles

Gumbo's of Round Rock

Best Alternative Margarita

Lemon-Jalapeno Margarita at Z'Tejas

Best Flan

Marta's Pumpkin Flan

Best Posole

TIE: El Sol y la Luna, El Rey

Best Soy Chorizo

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Best Fat-Free Muffins

Fat-Free Ginger Muffins at Coffee Exchange

Best Two-Fer Lunch Downtown

Asian-American Capitol Lunch

Places We Wish Were Still Open

West Campus Cafe, Bottega de la Pasta retail for gnocchi Bolognese, Speranza's

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