The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2004 Critics Picks

Restaurant

Aquarelle

Appetizer

Pao's Mandarin House
Aquarelle
The deli case at Vespaio

Barbecue

Brisket and Sausage at John Mueller's Bar-B-Q
Country Pork Ribs at Artz's Rib House
Sam's

Hamburger

Big-Ass Bacon Cheeseburger at the Roaring Fork
Burger Tex
Casino El Camino

Steak

Backstage Steakhouse and Garden Bar
Austin Land & Cattle Co.
Rib-eye at the Roaring Fork

Chicken-Fried Steak

Hoover's Cooking
R.O's Outpost

Chile-Pepper Dish

Pud Cha Catfish at Madam Mam's
Chiles en Escabeche at Polvo's

French Fries

Opal Divine's

Chips and Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanita's
Polvo's
El Chile Cafe y Cantina

Taco

Taco Sabroso

Soup

Lobster Bisque at Vespaio
Tom Ka at Madam Mam's
Birria at Garibaldi's
Any soup at the Backstage Steakhouse and Garden Bar

Salad/Dressing

Salad components fresh from the restaurant gardens at Eastside Cafe, ASTI Trattoria, and Vespaio
Green Goddess dressing at Ranch 616

Seafood Dish

Watermelon and Tuna Sashimi at Uchi
Salt and Pepper anything at T&S Seafood
Wide variety of excellent choices at Marco Polo Restaurant

Original Recipe

Bistrot Mirabelle

Best East Side Slice

East Side Pies

Pub Grub

Opal Divine's Freehouse
Mother Egan's Irish Pub
Bitter End Bistro & Brewery

Bagels

Hot Jumbo Bagels at stores and coffee shops all over town

Sushi

Uchi
Origami
Suzi's China Grill & Sushi Bar

Bowl of Pho

888 Cafe North
Tâm Deli & Cafe

Breakfast

Austin Diner
Hoover's Cooking on weekend mornings

Migas

Chorimgas at El Meson Taqueria
Migas tacos at Mueva Onda
Polvo's

Sandwich

Po-boys at Evangeline Cafe, Quality Seafood, and Gene's New Orleans Style Poboys & Deli
Seasonal choices at Azul
Ed Ward Memorial Chicken Sandwich Award for Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Desserts

Pies at R.O.'s Outpost, Royer's Round Top Cafe, and Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
ASTI Trattoria

Ice Cream

Babbo's Italian Gelato & Cofee (soon to be renamed)
La Dolce Vita

Coffee

Coffee and atmoshere at Jo's
Brewed coffee and best beans at Anderson Coffee Company

Pizza

Rounder's Pizzeria

Enchiladas

Stacked Santa Fe Enchiladas at Texican Cafe
Mole Enchilladas at Fonda San Miguel
Enchiladas Mexicanas at Evita's Botanitas
Chicken Enchiladas at Chuy's

Vegetables

Jalapeño Black-Eyed Peas at R.O.'s Outpost
Grilled Fresh Corn Relish at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Tomato Provencal at Chez Nous
Fried Asparagus and Green Beans at Ranch 616

Chicken Dish

Pollos el Regio in trailers all over town

Egg Dish

Deviled Eggs at Ranch 616

Wild-Game Dish

Chicken Fried Antelope at the Bitter End Bistro & Brewery
Venison at Mirabelle Restaurant
Quail at Ranch 616

Bargain Dish

Big-Ass Bacon Cheeseburger happy hour special at Roaring Fork
$1 sushi happy hour special at Finn & Porter

Tofu Dish

MaPoDoFu at Pao's Mandarin House
Hot Pot at Sunflower Restaurant

Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

Fonda San Miguel
El Meson Taqueria

Taqueria

Taquerias in the La Michoacana stores all over town

Tex-Mex

Amaya's Taco Village in Capitol Plaza
El Azteca
Maudie's Cafe

Italian

Vespaio
ASTI Trattoria
La Traviata
Siena Ristorante Toscana

Italian-American Dinner Night

Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant's "Big Night"

Cajun/Creole

TIE: Gumbo's, Evangeline Cafe, Gene's New Orleans Style Poboys & Deli, Shoal Creek Saloon

Middle Eastern

Marakesh Cafe & Grill
Alborz Persian Cuisine

Chinese

Pao's Mandarin House
Marco Polo Restuarant
Din Ho
Suzi's Chinese Kitchen

Japanese

Uchi

Thai

Madam Mam's

Other Asian

Bistro 88
Java Noodles Restaurant

American

Ranch 616

Vegetarian

Madras Pavilion

Natural Food

Veggie Heaven

French

Aquarelle (haute)
Chez Nous (bistro)

Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant
Tâm Deli & Cafe
888 Cafe North

Other Ethnic

El Zunzal Restaurant (El Salvadorian)
Sampaio's (Brazilian)

New Restaurant

Uchi
Mansion at Judges' Hill

Bakery

Russell's Bakery & Coffee Bar

Patio/Beer Garden

Opal Divine's Freehouse
Shoal Creek Saloon
El Chile Cafe y Cantina

Service/Waitstaff

TIE: Fonda San Miguel, Asti, Aquarelle, Bistrot Mirabelle, Jeffrey's

Decor

Fonda San Miguel

Remodel/Reclamation

El Chile Cafe y Cantina
Uchi
Mansion at Judges' Hill

Romantic

Aquarelle
Cafe Caprice
Mansion at Judges' Hill

Sunday Brunch

Fonda San Miguel

Fast Food

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Phoenicia Bakery & Deli
Chango's
Schlotzsky's

Takeout

Central Market
Baby Greens
Fried Chicken at Top Notch

Delivery

EatOutIn (city-wide)
The Soup Peddler (limited area)

Chef

Tyson Cole at Uchi
Robert Brady and Teresa Wilson at Aquarelle

Dim Sum

Pao's Mandarin House
Marco Polo Restaurant

Wine List

Mirabelle Restaurant
Fonda San Miguel

Smokers Restaurant

The bar at Jeffrey's

Buffet

Oishi Sushi House
Taj Palace

Upscale

The Driskill Grill
Cafe at the Four Seasons

Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

The trend toward half price appetizers in upscale and casual fine dining restaurants all over town – incredible bargains!

Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking
Dot's Place Cafeteria

Late Night/All Night

T&S Seafood
Marco Polo Restaurant
Opal Divine's Freehouse

Place to Take Kids

Central Market Cafe

Place to Take Parents

Mansion on Judges' Hill
Paggi House

Restaurant Within 60 Miles

European Bistro in Pflugerville
Monica's 701 in Georgetown
R.O.'s Outpost in Spicewood

Place We Wish Were Still Open

Lamberts American Kitchen

Other Restaurant Worth Noting

Alamo Drafthouse
Ventana at Texas Culinary Academy

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