The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2003 Critics Picks

Appetizer

Antipasto case at Vespaio
T & S Seafood

Barbecue

John Mueller's B-B-Q

Hamburger

TIE: Casino el Camino, Burger Tex, TRIO at the Four Seasons

Steak

TIE: Backstage Steakhouse & Garden Bar, Austin Land & Cattle Company

Chicken-Fried Steak

Hoover's (in town)
R. O.'s Outpost (in Spicewood)

Chile-Pepper Dish

Relleno en Nogada at El Meson

French Fries

TIE: Waterloo Ice House, Opal Divine's

Chips and Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanitas

Taco

Pork Carnitas, Tacos al Carbon at La Michoacana Paletas

Soup

Tom Kha at Madam Mam's
Mushroom soup at Chez Nous
Saffron Lobster Bisque at Vespaio

Salad/Dressing

Frisee with Poached Egg and Lardons at Jean-Luc's Bistro
Spinach salad at Vespaio

Seafood Dish

Salt & Pepper anything at T & S Seafood

Pub Grub

TIE: The Dog & Duck Pub, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, Crown & Anchor Pub

Bagels

Hot Jumbo Bagel

Sushi

Umi Sushi Bar & Grill

Bowl of Pho

888 Cafe

Breakfast

Juan in a Million, Taco X-Press
Chicken-Fried Steak & Eggs at Hoover's Cooking

Migas

Enchiladas y Mas

Sandwich

FoodHeads, Panini at Schlotzky's Deli, BLT at Casino el Camino
Ed Ward Memorial Chicken Sandwich Award for Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Desserts

TIE: Asti, Rather Sweet, The Driskill Grill, DemiEpicurious, R.O.'s Outpost

Ice Cream

Dolce Vita Gelato & Espresso Bar, Dr. Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk With Balsamic Syrup at Asti Trattoria

Coffee

Jo's Coffee

Pizza

Reale's Pizza & Cafe

Enchiladas

TIE: Maudie's Tex-Mex, Dart Bowl, El Sol y la Luna, Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant

Vegetables

Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Corn Macque Choux at DemiEpicurious

Chicken Dish

Roast Chicken at Lambert's

Wild-Game Dish

Buffalo Tenderloin from Hudson's on the Bend at the Wine & Food Festival

Bargain Dish

Sandwiches at Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery & Deli
# 24 lunch special at Hunan South

Veggie Burger

TIE: Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Casino el Camino

Tofu Dish

Tofu Bun at 888
MaPoDoFu at Hunan South

Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

El Meson

Tex-Mex

El Azteca Restaurant

Taqueria

Maria's Taco Xpress

Italian

TIE: Vespaio, Asti, La Traviata Italian Bistro

Cajun/Creole

TIE: Shoal Creek Saloon, Yoli's Jambalaya

Middle Eastern

Marakesh Cafe & Grill

Indian

The Clay Pit

Chinese

Din Ho Chinese BBQ

Japanese

Mikado Ryotei

Korean

Korea Garden

Thai

TIE: Madam Mam's, Thai Noodle House

Other Asian

TIE: Bistro 88, Satay

American

Lamberts American Kitchen

Vegetarian

Madras Pavilion

Natural Food

Veggie Heaven

French

Haute Cuisine: Aquarelle
Bistro: Chez Nous

Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant

Other Ethnic

Alborz (Persian), European Bistro (Hungarian), Sampaio's (Brazilian) Noodle-ism (eclectic)

New Restaraunt

TIE: Lamberts American Kitchen, El Meson

Bakery

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe

Patio/Beer Garden

TIE: Tree House Italian Grill, Opal Divine's, Shoal Creek Saloon

Service/Waitstaff

TIE: Jeffrey's, Alamo Drafthouse

Decor

Fonda San Miguel

Romantic

TIE: Reed's Jazz & Supper Club, Basil's

Sunday Brunch

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

Fast Food

TIE: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Zen Japanese Food Fast

Takeout

Rotisserie chicken at El Regio Pollos
Anything at Portabla

Delivery

TIE: EatOutIn, Rockets

Chefs to Watch

Ryan Samson at Vespaio, John Maxwell at Mansion at Judge's Hill, Marisela Godinez at El Meson Taqueria

Pastry Chefs to Watch

Katherine Clapner at Mansion at Judge's Hill, Jimmy McMillan at The Driskill

Dim Sum

TIE: T&S Chinese Restaurant, Marco Polo Restaurant

Wine List

Bistrot Mirabelle

Smokers Restaurant

The bar at Jeffrey's

Beer

Selection: The Gingerman
Brewing: North by Northwest

Buffet

Lunch buffets at Marco Polo, Alborz, Oishi Sushi House
Dinner buffet, Thursday evenings at Cafe at the Four Seasons

Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

Half-priced appetizers at Manuel's
Buy one, get one free at Cuba Libre

Comfort Food

TIE: Gene's New Orleans Style Poboys & Deli, Hoover's Cooking

Late-Night Favorite for Chefs and Food Writers

T&S Chinese Restaurant

Place to Take Kids

Deck and playscape at Central Market North
New kids menu at Schlotzsky's/Bread Alone

Place to Take Parents

Green Pastures Restaurant

Restaurant Within 60 Miles

R.O.'s Outpost in Spicewood, Crosstown BBQ in Elgin, Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales

Place We Wish Were Still Open

DemiEpicurious

Other Restaurant Worth Noting

Alamo Drafthouse (consistency)
La Ventana at the Texas Culinary Academy (great idea)

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