The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2002 Readers Poll

Favorites

1. Castle Hill Cafe
2. Fonda San Miguel
3. Bistrot Mirabelle
4. Kenichi
5. Vespaio
6. Mars Restaurant and Bar
7. Shady Grove
8. Sullivan's Steakhouse
9. Musashino Sushi Dokoro
10. Austin's Pizza
11. Chuy's
12. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
13. Aquarelle
14. Ranch 616
15. Jeffrey's
16. Sunflower Restaurant
17. Jean-Luc's Bistro
18. Trudy's
19. Eastside Cafe
20. CoCo's Cafe
21. Hudson's on the Bend
22. North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
23. The Clay Pit
24. Asti
25. Curra's Grill
26. wink
27. Zoot
28. Ruth's Chris Steak House
29. Sea Dragon
30. Z'Tejas
31. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine
32. Hula Hut
33. Hai Ky
34. Gumbo's

Best Appetizer

Saba Blue Water Cafe

Runners-up
Bistrot Mirabelle, Jean-Luc's Bistro, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Málaga, Z'Tejas, Trudy's, Ray's Steakhouse

Best Barbecue

The Salt Lick

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

Best Hamburger

Hut's Hamburgers

Runners-up
Casino el Camino, Dan's Hamburgers, Shady Grove
Honorable Mention
Fran's Hamburgers CLOSED, Dirty Martin's Place, Burger Tex, Culver's Frozen Custard

Best Steak

Sullivan's Steakhouse

Runners-up
Ruth's Chris Steak House, Ray's Steakhouse, Austin Land & Cattle Company
Honorable Mention
Texas Land & Cattle Company, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Threadgill's

Runner-up
Hoover's Cooking
Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Lone Star Cafe Texas Grill

Best Chile-Pepper Dish

Chuy's

Runner-up
Serrano's
Honorable Mention
Z'Tejas

Best French Fries

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Runners-up
McDonald's, Shady Grove
Honorable Mention
Wendy's, Hut's Hamburgers, Central Market

Best Chips and Hot Sauce

Chuy's

Runner-up
Trudy's
Honorable Mention
Hula Hut, Fonda San Miguel

Best Taco

Maria's Taco Xpress

Runners-up
Taco Cabana, Taqueria Arandas
Honorable Mention
Changos Taqueria, Taco Shack

Best Soup

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runners-up
Eastside Cafe, CoCo's Cafe
Honorable Mention
La Madeleine

Best Salad/Dressing

Castle Hill Cafe

Runner-up
Bistrot Mirabelle
Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Best Seafood Dish

TIE: Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Bistrot Mirabelle

Runners-up
Ray's Steakhouse, Truluck's, Jean-Luc's Bistro
Honorable Mention
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Aquarelle

Best Original Recipe

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

Runners-up
Jean-Luc's Bistro, Vespaio, Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
Ray's Steakhouse, Ranch 616, Mars Restaurant and Bar

Best Pub Grub

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

Runner-up
The Dog & Duck Pub
Honorable Mention
Mother Egan's Irish Pub, Casino el Camino, Opal Divine's

Best Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Runner-up
Hot Jumbo Bagel
Honorable Mention
Central Market, The Bagelry

Best Sushi

Kyoto

Runner-up
Kenichi
Honorable Mention
Musashino Sushi Dokoro, Ichiban

Best Bowl of Pho

Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Runners-up
Tân Mỹ, Pho Cong Ly
Honorable Mention
Fortune Pho 75, Sunflower Restaurant, Hai Ky

Best Breakfast

Magnolia Cafe

Runner-up
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Honorable Mention
IHOP, Trudy's, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Best Migas

Trudy's

Runner-up
Las Manitas Avenue Cafe
Honorable Mention
Kerbey Lane Cafe, Cisco's

Best Sandwich

ThunderCloud Subs

Runner-up
Subway
Honorable Mention
Texadelphia, Schlotzsky's, Jason's Deli

Best Desserts

Chez Zee

Runners-up
Bistrot Mirabelle, Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
CoCo's Cafe, Amy's Ice Creams

Best Finger Food

Málaga

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Saba Blue Water Cafe
Honorable Mention
Hooters, Hula Hut

Best Ice Cream

Amy's Ice Creams

Runner-up
Marble Slab Creamery
Honorable Mention
Baskin-Robbins, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Dolce Vita

Best Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

Runner-up
Little City
Honorable Mention
Flipnotics, Ruta Maya

Best Pizza

Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza

Runners-up
Mr. Gatti's, Austin's Pizza
Honorable Mention
Pizza Nizza, Frank & Angie's Pizzeria, Brick Oven Restaurant

Best Enchiladas

Chuy's

Runners-up
Enchiladas y Mas, Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Fonda San Miguel, Curra's Grill, Trudy's

Best Vegetables

Eastside Cafe

Runners-up
Veggie Heaven, Threadgill's
Honorable Mention
Mother's Cafe & Garden, Hoover's Cooking, Casa de Luz

Best Chicken Dish

Jean-Luc's Bistro

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
Hoover's Cooking

Best Wild-Game Dish

Hudson's on the Bend

Runner-up
Bistrot Mirabelle
Honorable Mention
Jean-Luc's Bistro, Vespaio, Aquarelle

Best Bargain Dish

Austin Pizza, Hut's 2-for-1 Hamburgers

Runner-up
The Cart Lady on Guadalupe (50 cent breakfast tacos); Tamale House (tacos and migas)
Honorable Mention
Hai Ky, Sunflower Restaurant

Best Veggie Burger

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runner-up
Hut's Hamburgers
Honorable Mention
Crown & Anchor Pub, Shady Grove, Eastside Cafe

Best Tofu Dish

Veggie Heaven

Runner-up
Jean-Luc's Bistro
Honorable Mention
Mother's Cafe & Garden, Hai Ky

Best Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
Curra's Grill
Honorable Mention
Manuel's, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, El Sol y la Luna

Best Tex-Mex

Chuy's

Runner-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Trudy's, Güero's Taco Bar

Best Taqueria

TIE: Maria's Taco Xpress, Taqueria Arandinas

Runners-up
Changos Taqueria, Tamale House
Honorable Mention
Taco Shack, Juan in a Million

Best Italian

Vespaio

Runner-up
Romeo's
Honorable Mention
Carmelo's Ristorante, Asti, La Traviata Italian Bistro

Best Indian

The Clay Pit

Runner-up
Taj Palace
Honorable Mention
Star of India, Sarovar Indian Cuisine

Best Chinese

Suzi's China Kitchen

Runners-up
P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Chinatown
Honorable Mention
Sea Dragon, Buffet Palace, Hunan Lion

Best Thai

Thai Kitchen

Runners-up
Thai Passion CLOSED, Satay
Honorable Mention
Thai Noodle House, Madam Mam's

Best Other Asian

TIE: Satay, Korea House

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Hai Ky
Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Mongolian BBQ A&S, Bangkok Cuisine

Best American

TIE: Threadgill's, Hoover's Cooking

Runners-up
Shady Grove, Hut's Hamburgers
Honorable Mention
Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Castle Hill Cafe, Eastside Cafe, EZ's

Best Vegetarian

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runner-up
West Lynn Cafe
Honorable Mention
Mr. Natural, Veggie Heaven, Casa de Luz

Best Natural Food

Mr. Natural

Runners-up
Casa de Luz, Mother's Cafe & Garden
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market, Eastside Cafe

Best French

Chez Nous

Runners-up
Aquarelle, Jean-Luc's Bistro
Honorable Mention
Si Bon, La Madeleine

Best Vietnamese

Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Runners-up
Sunflower Restaurant, Hai Ky
Honorable Mention
Pho Cong Ly, Tân Mỹ, Saigon Kitchen

Best Other Ethnic

Ararat

Runners-up
Texas Embassy, CoCo's Cafe
Honorable Mention
Marakesh Cafe & Grill, WorldBeat Cafe

Best New Restaurant

wink

Runners-up
Hai Ky, Roy's
Honorable Mention
Eddie V's Prime Seafood, John Mueller's B-B-Q, Texas Embassy

Best Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery

Runner-up
Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe
Honorable Mention
Texas French Bread, Central Market, La Mexicana Bakery

Best Patio/Beer Garden

Shady Grove

Runners-up
The Ginger Man, Scholz Garten
Honorable Mention
The Oasis, Hula Hut, Opal Divine's

Best Service/Waitstaff

Shady Grove

Runners-up
Bistrot Mirabelle, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Aquarelle, Castle Hill Cafe, Vespaio

Best Decor

TIE: Mars Restaurant and Bar, Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
Chuy's
Honorable Mention
Roy's, Aquarelle, Castle Hill Cafe

Best Romantic

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runner-up
Romeo's
Honorable Mention
Basil's, Aquarelle

Best Sunday Brunch

Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
TRIO at the Four Seasons
Honorable Mention
Chez Zee, Green Pastures Restaurant

Best Fast Food

Taco Cabana

Runner-up
Wendy's
Honorable Mention
Sonic, Zen Japanese Food Fast

Best Takeout

Austin's Pizza

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
CoCo's Cafe, Hai Ky

Best Delivery

Mr. Gatti's

Runner-up
Austin's Pizza
Honorable Mention
Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza, Pizza Hut, EatOutIn

Best Chef

David Dailey (Castle Hill Cafe), David Apthorpe (Mirabelle)

Runners-up
Miguel Ravago (Fonda San Miguel); Jacques Richard (Aquarelle)
Honorable Mention
Alan Lazarus (Vespaio); Shawn Cirkiel (Jean Luc's Bistro)

Best Wine List

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runners-up
Málaga, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Mars Restaurant and Bar, Vespaio, Girasole

Best Dim Sum

Tien Hong

Runner-up
T&S Chinese Restaurant

Best Other Asian

TIE: Satay, Korea House

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Hai Ky
Honorable Mention
Kenichi, Mongolian BBQ A&S, Bangkok Cuisine

Best Smokers Restaurant

Cool River Cafe

Runner-up
Star Seeds Cafe
Honorable Mention
Sullivan's Steakhouse, Trudy's

Best Beer Selection

The Ginger Man

Runners-up
Bitter End Bistro & Brewery, Draught House Pub & Brewery, The Dog & Duck Pub

Best Buffet

Buffet Palace

Runner-up
Mr. Gatti's
Honorable Mention
China Star, Fonda San Miguel

Best Upscale

Aquarelle

Runner-up
Jeffrey's
Honorable Mention
Zoot, Vespaio, wink

Best Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

Trudy's

Runners-up
Chuy's, Manuel's
Honorable Mention
Austin's Pizza, Z'Tejas

Best Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking

Runner-up
Threadgill's
Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Trudy's, Chuy's, Dot's Place

Best Late Night/All Night

TIE: Magnolia Cafe, Kerbey Lane Cafe

Runners-up
Katz's Deli & Bar, Star Seeds Cafe
Honorable Mention
Taco Cabana, Jim's Restaurant

Best Place to Take Kids

Gatti's Pizza

Runners-up
McDonald's, Central Market
Honorable Mention
Schlotzsky's, Chuck E. Cheese's

Best Place to Take Parents

TIE: Luby's, The Oasis, Castle Hill Cafe

Runner-up
The Salt Lick
Honorable Mention
TRIO at the Four Seasons, Hula Hut, Threadgill's

Best Restaurant Within 60 miles

The Salt Lick

Runners-up
Hudson's on the Bend (Lake Travis); Kreuz Market (Lockhart)
Honorable Mention
Cooper's (Llano); Gristmill (Gruene); Bluebonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

Sardine Rouge

Runners-up
Good Eats, Les Amis
Honorable Mention
Tocai, Waterloo Brewing Co., G/M Steakhouse

Best Other Restaurant Worth Noting

Texas Embassy

Runner-up
Bistrot Mirabelle
Honorable Mention
Hai Ky

Best Service/Waitstaff

Shady Grove

Runners-up
Bistrot Mirabelle, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Aquarelle, Castle Hill Cafe, Vespaio

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