The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2001 Readers Poll

Favorites

1. Castle Hill Cafe
2. Z'Tejas
3. Suzi's China Kitchen
4. Eastside Cafe
5. Fonda San Miguel
6. Chuy's
7. Trudy's
8. Curra's Grill
9. The Salt Lick
10. Cafe Spiazzo
11. Basil's
12. Jeffrey's
13. Bistrot Mirabelle
14. Saccone's Pizza & Subs
15. Vespaio
16. Shoreline Grill
17. Sullivan's Steakhouse
18. Pho Công Lý
19. Hudson's on the Bend
20. Hut's Hamburgers
21. Chez Nous
22. Saba Blue Water Cafe
23. Maudie's Tex-Mex
24. Maria's Taco Xpress
25. Kenichi
26. Iron Works BBQ
27. Gumbo's of Round Rock
28. Katz's Deli & Bar
29. Mother's Cafe & Garden
30. Romeo's
31. Ray's Steakhouse
32. Austin Land & Cattle Company
33. Ruth's Chris Steak House
34. Shady Grove
35. Carmelo's Ristorante

Best Appetizer

Saba Blue Water Cafe

Runners-up
Málaga, Vespaio, Z'Tejas
Honorable Mention
Cafe Spiazzo, Castle Hill Cafe, Hula Hut, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Best Barbecue

The Salt Lick

Runners-up
Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, Ruby's BBQ, County Line, Stubb's
Honorable Mention
Artz Rib House, Green Mesquite BBQ, Iron Works BBQ, Sam's BBQ

Best Hamburger

TIE: Casino el Camino, Hut's Hamburgers, Dan's Hamburgers

Honorable Mention
EZ's, Dirty Martin's Place, Burger Tex II

Best Steak

TIE: Ruth's Chris Steak House, Jean-Luc's Bistro, Ray's Steakhouse, Austin Land & Cattle Company, Sullivan's Steakhouse

Honorable Mention
Outback Steakhouse, Bartlett's

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Threadgill's

Runner-up
Hoover's Cooking
Honorable Mention
Mother Egan's Irish Pub, Hut's Hamburgers, CoCo's Cafe

Best Salad/Dressing

TIE: Castle Hill Cafe, Eastside Cafe, Lemongrass Asian Cuisine

Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Bartlett's, Cafe Spiazzo

Best French Fries

TIE: Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Central Market, McDonald's

Honorable Mention
Waterloo Ice House, Shady Grove, Wendy's

Best Seafood Dish

TIE: T&S Chinese Restaurant, Bistrot Mirabelle, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Gilligan's

Honorable Mention
Gumbo's of Round Rock, City Grill, Truluck's

Best Taco

TIE: Maria's Taco Xpress, Taco Shack, Maudie's Tex-Mex

Honorable Mention
Hula Hut, Changos Taqueria, Chuy's

Best Soup

TIE: Emilia's, Kaya Blue Cafe, La Madeleine, Eastside Cafe, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Honorable Mention
Bistrot Mirabelle, CoCo's Cafe

Best Sushi

TIE: Musashino Sushi Dokoro, Kyoto, Osaka Mansun

Runner-up
Kenichi
Honorable Mention
Ichiban, Umi Sushi Bar & Grill, Sushi Saké Japanese Cuisine

Best Bowl of Pho

Pho Công Lý

Runner-up
Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Fortune Pho 75, Tân Mỹ

Best Original Recipe

TIE: Hudson's on the Bend, Castle Hill Cafe

Honorable Mention
Mother Egan's Irish Pub, Vespaio, CoCo's Cafe

Best Pub Grub

TIE: The Dog & Duck Pub, Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, Bitter End Bistro & Brewery, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Honorable Mention
Opal Divine's, The Tavern, Waterloo Brewing Co.

Best Bagels

Hot Jumbo Bagel

Runners-up
Einstein Bros. Bagels, The Bagelry
Honorable Mention
Central Market

Best Ice Cream

TIE: Amy's Ice Creams, Marble Slab Creamery, Dolce Vita

Honorable Mention
Maggie Moo's, Dolce Vita

Best Desserts

TIE: Aquarelle, Amy's Ice Creams, Castle Hill Cafe, Chez Zee

Honorable Mention
CoCo's Cafe, Mother Egan's Irish Pub, Vespaio

Best Breakfast

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Runners-up
Magnolia Cafe, The Omelettry
Honorable Mention
Austin Java, Dan's Hamburgers, Trudy's

Best Migas

TIE: Trudy's, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Polvos

Honorable Mention
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, Magnolia Cafe

Best Sandwich

TIE: Marakesh Cafe & Grill, ThunderCloud Subs, Portabla on Sixth

Honorable Mention
Jason's Deli, The Kitchen Door, Delaware Sub Shop

Best Enchiladas

TIE: Trudy's, Chuy's, Maudie's Tex-Mex, Amaya's Taco Village, Curra's Grill

Honorable Mention
Manuel's

Best Finger Food

TIE: Málaga, Sagiang Restaurant, Saba Blue Water Cafe, Mother Egan's Irish Pub, Málaga

Honorable Mention
Pluckers Wing Bar, Z'Tejas, Hooters

Best Vegetables

TIE: Veggie Heaven, Eastside Cafe, Hoover's Cooking, Threadgill's

Honorable Mention
Mother's Cafe & Garden, Hoover's Cooking, Central Market

Best Pizza

TIE: Saccone's Pizza & Subs, Frank & Angie's Pizzeria, Austin's Pizza, Reale's Pizza & Cafe, Cipollina, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza

Honorable Mention
Brick Oven Restaurant, Pizza Nizza, Conans Pizza, Milto's

Best Bargain Dish

Austin's Pizza

Runners-up
Tamale House, Pho Công Lý
Honorable Mention
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Hut's Hamburgers

Best Veggie Burger

TIE: Hut's Hamburgers, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Waterloo Ice House, Crown & Anchor Pub

Best Chicken Dish

The Clay Pit

Runners-up
Asti, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Hoover's Cooking, Threadgill's, Z'Tejas

Best Wild-Game Dish

TIE: Hudson's on the Bend, Emilia's, Bistrot Mirabelle, Girasole

Honorable Mention
Siena, Jeffrey's, Brio Vista

Best Italian

TIE: Vespaio, Romeo's

Honorable Mention
Zio's, Reale's Pizza & Cafe, Mezzaluna, Carmelo's Ristorante

Best Coffee

TIE: Little City, Pacha, Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, Starbucks Coffee

Honorable Mention
CC's Coffee House North, Flipnotics

Best Tofu Dish

TIE: Whole Foods Market, Mother's Cafe & Garden, West Lynn Cafe, Veggie Heaven, Satay, Hunan

Honorable Mention
Thai Kitchen, Veggie Heaven

Best Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

TIE: Fonda San Miguel, Curra's Grill, Manuel's

Honorable Mention
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, Ninfa's

Best Tex-Mex

TIE: Güero's Taco Bar, Chuy's, Trudy's, Amaya's Taco Village, Nuevo León

Honorable Mention
Baby Acapulco and Maudie's Cafe

Best Taqueria

Taco XPress and Taqueria Arandas

Honorable Mention
Changos Taqueria, Taco Shack

Best Vietnamese

TIE: Sunflower Restaurant, Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Công Lý, Lemongrass Asian Cuisine

Honorable Mention
Triumph Cafe, Saigon Kitchen

Best Indian

TIE: The Clay Pit, Sarovar Indian Cuisine, Star of India

Honorable Mention
Taj Palace, Madras Pavilion

Best Chinese

TIE: Din Ho Chinese BBQ, Formosa, Suzi's China Kitchen, Sea Dragon, Wanfu

Honorable Mention
Buffet Palace, Chinatown, Pao's Mandarin House

Best Thai

TIE: Thai Kitchen, Thai Passion CLOSED, Thai Noodle House, Lemongrass Asian Cuisine

Honorable Mention
Lemongrass Asian Cuisine, Satay, Bangkok Cuisine

Best Vegetarian Buffet

Madras Pavillion

Best American

TIE: Hoover's Cooking, Threadgill's

Honorable Mention
Hut's Hamburgers, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Ruth's Chris Steak House

Best Vegetarian

TIE: Madras Pavilion, Veggie Heaven, West Lynn Cafe, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Honorable Mention
Casa de Luz, Eastside Cafe

Best Natural Food

TIE: Casa de Luz, Mother's Cafe & Garden, Mr. Natural

Honorable Mention
Whole Earth Provisions, Eastside Cafe

Best French

TIE: Jean-Luc's Bistro, Chez Nous

Honorable Mention
Sardine Rouge, Si Bon, Aquarelle

Best Other Ethnic

TIE: Calabash Caribbean Restaurant, Ararat, Taco Arriba/Chelo Kabob, The Belgian Restaurant, Bismillah Restaurant

Honorable Mention
Marakesh Cafe & Grill, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Best New Restaurant

TIE: Emilia's, Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, Asti, CoCo's Cafe, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Honorable Mention
Solera, Razzoo's, Kenichi, Truluck's

Best Service/Waitstaff

TIE: Trudy's, Bistrot Mirabelle, Castle Hill Cafe, Jeffrey's

Honorable Mention
Carmelo's Ristorante, Kenichi, Jeffrey's, Basil's, CoCo's Cafe, Trudy's

Best Bakery

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe

Runners-up
Central Market, Upper Crust Bakery
Honorable Mention
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, Phoenicia Bakery & Deli, Texas French Bread

Best Patio/Beer Garden

TIE: Shady Grove, Tree House Italian Grill, Posse East Bar & Grill

Honorable Mention
Waterloo Brewing Co., Hula Hut, The Ginger Man

Best Romantic

TIE: Basil's, Jeffrey's, Bistrot Mirabelle

Honorable Mention
Mars Restaurant and Bar, Castle Hill Cafe, Hudson's on the Bend, Carmelo's Ristorante

Best Decor

TIE: Fonda San Miguel, Mars Restaurant and Bar, Kaya Blue Cafe

Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Castle Hill Cafe, Chuy's

Best Sunday Brunch

TIE: TRIO at the Four Seasons, Fonda San Miguel, Green Pastures Restaurant

Honorable Mention
Eastside Cafe, Trudy's, Eastside Cafe

Best Fast Food

TIE: Schlotzsky's, ThunderCloud Subs, Sonic, Tâm Deli & Cafe, Taco Cabana

Honorable Mention
Freebirds World Burrito, Wendy's, Culver's Frozen Custard, Chick-Fil-A

Best Takeout

TIE: Central Market, Cipollina, Austin's Pizza, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza

Honorable Mention
Suzi's China Kitchen, Sea Dragon, Changos Taqueria

Best Delivery

TIE: Rockets, Austin's Pizza, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza

Honorable Mention
Pizza Hut, Papa John's Pizza, Domino's Pizza

Best Chef

Elmar Prambs (Cafe at the Four Seasons)

Runners-up
David Dailey (Castle Hill Cafe), Charles Mayes (Cafe Josie)
Honorable Mention
David Garrido (Jeffrey's), Raymond Tatum (Jean-Pierre's Upstairs)

Best Wine List

TIE: Bistrot Mirabelle, Castle Hill Cafe, Louie's 106

Honorable Mention
Truluck's, Vespaio, Emilia's, Jeffrey's

Best Other Asian

TIE: Java Noodles, CoCo's Cafe, Korea House

Honorable Mention
Pho Công Lý, Koreana Grill & Sushi Bar

Best Dim Sum

TIE: T&S Chinese Restaurant, Tien Hong

Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Hoa-Hoa Restaurant, Bangkok Cuisine

Best Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

TIE: Austin Pizza Garden, Chuy's, Trudy's, Manuel's, Jean-Luc's Bistro

Honorable Mention
Opal Divine's, Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant, Z'Tejas

Best Smokers Restaurant

TIE: Star Seeds Cafe, Magnolia Cafe, Trudy's

Honorable Mention
Eddie V's Prime Seafood, G/M Steakhouse, Sullivan's Steakhouse

Best Buffet

Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
Buffet Palace
Honorable Mention
TRIO at the Four Seasons, China Star, Golden Corral, Shanghai River

Best Beer Selection

Waterloo Brewing Co.

Runners-up
Crown & Anchor Pub, Waterloo Brewing Co.
Honorable Mention
BB Rovers Cafe & Pub, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Best Upscale

TIE: Jeffrey's, Castle Hill Cafe, Hudson's on the Bend, TRIO at the Four Seasons

Honorable Mention
Sullivan's Steakhouse, Truluck's, Louie's 106

Best Restaurant Within 60 Miles

TIE: The Salt Lick, Hudson's on the Bend, Kreuz Market, Storm's Drive-In

Honorable Mention
Cypress Creek Cafe, Bluebonnet Cafe, Saccone's Pizza & Subs, Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar

Best Comfort Food

TIE: Dot's Place, Hoover's Cooking, Threadgill's, The Frisco

Honorable Mention
Roy Henry's Famous Waffles & Chicken, Krispy Kreme, Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Best Late Night/All Night

TIE: Kerbey Lane Cafe, Katz's Deli & Bar, Star Seeds Cafe, Si Bon

Honorable Mention
Taco Cabana, Magnolia Cafe

Best Place to Take Kids

TIE: Central Market, Gatti's Pizza, Hang Town Grill, Granite Cafe

Honorable Mention
Chuck E. Cheese's, Peter Piper Pizza, Texas Land & Cattle

Best Place to Take Parents

TIE: Jean-Pierre's Upstairs, Eastside Cafe, County Line, The Salt Lick, Castle Hill Cafe

Honorable Mention
Chuy's, Luby's Cafeteria, Fonda San Miguel, The Oasis

Best Other Restaurant Worth Noting

TIE: Lucky Dog, Quality Seafood Market, Saigon Deli & Market, Vespaio, Mother Egan's Irish Pub, CoCo's Cafe

Honorable Mention
Juan in a Million

Best Chile-Pepper Dish

TIE: Chuy's, Evita's Botanitas, Polvos, Z'Tejas

Honorable Mention
Castle Hill Cafe, Shady Grove

Best Chips and Hot Sauce

TIE: Chuy's, Evita's Botanitas, Maudie's Tex-Mex, Serranos, Trudy's

Honorable Mention
Polvo's

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

TIE: Pao's Mandarin House, Tocai, Little Bombay, Good Eats, Mad Dog & Beans, 22

Honorable Mention
Les Amis, Midnight Tacos

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