The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

1998 Critics Picks

Best Chef

Roberto Santibañez of Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
Johanes Mulja Di at Java Noodles

Best Appetizers

Clam Pizza or Marinated Seafood Antipasti at Vespaio

Runner-up
Calamari at Tocai

Best Barbeque

Sam's BBQ

Runner-up
Lewis' Bar-B-Q

Best Heavy Hamburger

Casino el Camino

Best Soda Fountain Burger

Nau's

Best No-Nonsense Steak

Hoffbrau Steaks

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Cafe 290

Best Chile Pepper Dish

Chile Relleno at Dario's Mexican Restaurant

Runner-up
Cathey Fajita at Veggie Heaven

Best Fresh-Cut French Fries

34th Street Cafe

Best Irish Chips

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

Best Chips & Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanitas

Best Taco

Tacos al Pastor at Curra's Grill and Polvos

Runner-up
Village Taco at Amaya's Taco Village

Best Soup

Entire Soup Menu at Formosa

Best Dressed Salad

Field Greens with Walnuts, Gorgonzola & Champagne Grapes in Tomato-Raspberry Vinaigrette at Blair House

Runners-up
Any salad at Bitter End Bistro & Brewery, Poblano Pecan Vinaigrette at Castle Hill Cafe

Best Seafood Dish

Gleaming Mussel Feast at Koreana

Runner-up
Prawns Formosa at Formosa

Best Original Recipe

Java Noodles

Best Pub Grub

Bitter End Bistro & Brewery

Runner-up
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

Best Bagels

Bagel Manufactory

Runner-up
Hot Jumbo Bagel

Best Sushi

Musashino Sushi Dokoro

Best Pho

#56 at Fortune Pho 75

Best Pancakes

High Time Tea Bar & Brain Gym

Best Migas

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Runner-up
Enchiladas y Mas

Best Sandwich

Ba Le

Runners-up
Pastrami at NeWorlDeli, Roast Beef at Little Deli & Pizzeria, The Joan Rivers at New York Deli

Ed Ward Memorial Chicken Sandwich Award

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Best Desserts

Louise McLaughlin at Bertram's

Runners-up
Chocolate Pecan Pie at Waterloo Ice House, Lemon Curd Tart at Ella's Ranch

Best Finger Food

Málaga

Best Gelatos e Sorbettos

Milano's Gelateria Dolci & Caffe

Best Pizza

TIE: Saccone's Pizza & Subs, Aljon's Pizza

Best Enchiladas

Mole Enchiladas at Las Palomas

Runner-up
Smoked Chicken in Chipotle Salsa at Evita's Botanitas

Best Vegetables

Eastside Cafe

Runner-up
Laura's Bluebonnet Kitchen

Best Chicken Dish

L 6 at Java Noodles

Best Bargains

Bountiful $3.49 lunches at Saigon Deli & Market, $5.95 Sunday Brunch at Java Noodles, Notably cheap donuts at Mrs. Johnson's Bakery

Best Tofu Dish

MaPoDoFu at Hunan on Wm. Cannon

Best Everyday Interior Mexican

Curra's Grill

Best Eastside Tex-Mex

TIE: El Azteca Restaurant, Los Comales, Nuevo León

Best Taqueria

Taco Xpress

Runners-up
Taqueria Arandas, Changos Taqueria

Best Italian Potential

Vespaio (open less than a month)

Best Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tree House Italian Grill

Best Indian

Sarovar Indian Cuisine

Best Chinese

Formosa

Best Thai (no tie)

Classic Thai

Best Other Asian

Java Noodles

Best Vegetarian

Veggie Heaven

Best Natural Food

Casa de Luz

Best Ethnic

Longhorn Po-Boys & Falafel on Congress for Mom & Dad's Lebanese specialties, Asian-American Capitol Lunch for variety on the menu

Runners-up
Sabor Restaurant (Salvadoran) and Calabash Caribbean Restaurant (Caribbean)

Best New Restaurant

Ella's Ranch

Best New Bakery

Onion Creek Bakery

Best Bakery Desserts

Bread Alone

Best Bakery Lunch

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe

Best Service

Jeffrey's

Best Fast Food

Schlotzsky's

Best Take-Out

Aljon's Pizza

Runner-up
Suzi's China Kitchen

Best Delivery

Ninfa's Pork Fajitas

Runners-up
Eat Out In, Midnight Tacos, Smokin' Grill

Best Gospel Sunday Brunch

La Zona Rosa CLOSED

Best Happy Hour Deal

Half-price appetizers at Manuel's

Best Comfort Food

Dot's Place

Best Place for Big Food Late at Night

Casino el Camino

Best Local Beer

Prescott's Wee Heavy at Bitter End Bistro & Brewery

Best Restaurants Within 60 Miles

Blair House in Wimberley on Saturday nights, Royers Round Top Cafe (a little farther)

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

Bertram's, Speranza's

Best Upscale Menu

Jeffrey's

Best Wild Game Menu

Hudson's on the Bend

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