The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2002 Critics Picks

Appetizer

Antipasto case at Vespaio

Barbecue

The country-style pork ribs at Artz Rib House

Hamburger

Casino el Camino; BurgerTex on the Drag

Steak

Austin Land & Cattle Company

Chicken-Fried Steak

TIE: Hoover's Cooking, R.O.'s Outpost

French Fries

Waterloo Ice House on Sixth

Soup

New England Clam Chowder at Whole Foods; Lobster Bisque at Emilia's; Tom Kah Kai at Madam Mam's; Gumbo at Quality Seafood

Salad/Dressing

Spinach salad at Vespaio; Thai Beef Salad at Madam Mam's; Salade Lyonnaise at Chez Nous; Field Greens with Eggplant Croutons at Asti

Original Recipe

TIE: Emilia's, Vespaio

Pub Grub

TIE: B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, Mother Egan's Irish Pub

Bagels

Hot Jumbo Bagel

Sushi

TIE: Umi Sushi Bar & Grill, Origami

Bowl of Pho

Tâm Deli & Cafe

Alternative to a Bowl of Pho

Rice Flour Crepes at Sunflower

Breakfast

Juan in a Million

Migas

TIE: Polvos, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Sandwich

Oyster Po'Boys at Quality Seafood; Sloppy Joe at NeWorlDeli; Chicken with Parsley Vinaigrette at Jo's; Azul

Honorary Ed Ward Chicken Sandwich Award

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Desserts

Lemon Meringue Cup at Wink; pies at R.O.'s Outpost; Chocolate Hazlenut Ganache at Lambert's

Ice Cream

Dolce Vita (best scoop shop); Binasco (best retail pints)

Coffee

TIE: Jo's Coffee, Cafe Mundi

Pizza

TIE: Reale's Pizza & Cafe, Saccone's Pizza & Subs

Enchiladas

TIE: Evita's Botanitas, Maudie's Tex-Mex

Vegetables

Hoover's Jalapeño Creamed Spinach

Chicken Dish

Roast Chicken at Lambert's; Chicken-Fried Chicken at Hoover's; Fried Chicken at Top Notch

Wild-Game Dish

Sika Deer at Kenichi; Wild Boar at Siena

Bargain Dish

Sandwiches at Ba Le; Salvadoran Sampler at Chumikal's

Veggie Burger

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Tofu Dish

888 Cafe

Italian

TIE: Vespaio, Siena

Chinese

TIE: T&S Chinese Restaurant, Din Ho Chinese BBQ

Thai

Madam Mam's

Other Asian

TIE: Bistro 88, Java Grill

American

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

Everyday Vegetarian

Madras Pavilion

Upscale Vegetarian

Degustation menu at Aquarelle

Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant

French

Chez Nous

Cajun/Creole

Robbie's Cajun Kitchen

Haute French

Aquarelle

New Restaurant

wink

New BBQ Joint

John Mueller's B-B-Q

Best Italian Breads

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe

Best Patio for Kids

Tree House Italian Grill

Best Patio for the View

Y Bar & Grill

Best Patio With Latin Jazz

Manuel's

Service/Waitstaff

TIE: Jeffrey's, Asti

Decor

TIE: Siena, Y Bar & Grill

Romantic

TIE: Basil's, Starlite

Fast Food

TIE: Zen Japanese Food Fast, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Takeout

Roast Chicken (and everything else) in the drive-through lane at Central Market South

Best Chef/Owners

Lou Lambert at Lambert's; Marion Gillchrist at La Traviata

Unsung Heroes

Kristie Moore at Asti; Brenton Childs at Vespaio; Eric Polzer at Wink

Beer Poured

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

Beer Made

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

Smokers Restaurant

Girasole

Buffet

Madras Pavilion at lunch

Upscale

Emilia's

Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

TIE: Saba Blue Water Cafe, Manuel's

Comfort Food

TIE: Hoover's Cooking, Dot's Place, Marimont Cafeteria, Quality Seafood Market

Place to Take Kids

Treehouse Italian Grill patio; Central Market patio

Place to Take Parents

TIE: Paggi House CLOSED, Basil's

Restaurant Within 60 miles

R.O.'s Outpost in Spicewood; Huisache Grill in New Braunfels

Place We Wish Were Still Open

TIE: Tocai, 22, Les Amis

Other Restaurant Worth Noting

TIE: Cafe Mundi, Silhouette

Up & Coming

Lamberts American Kitchen

Where Critics Will Spend Their Own Money

Vespaio

Where Chefs & Critics Eat When Not Working

T&S Chinese Restaurant

Best Place for a Critics Meeting Over Coffee & Beignets

Crescent City Beignets

Chile-Pepper Dish

Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Scallops or Soft-Shell Crabs at T & S Seafood; Fish Tacos With Rajas at Polvo's

Chips and Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanitas

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