The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2004 Readers Poll

Favorites

1. Bistrot Mirabelle
2. Vespaio
3. Fonda San Miguel
4. Castle Hill Cafe
5. Chez Zee
6. Chuy's
7. Uchi
8. CoCo's Cafe
9. Hill Country Pasta House & Garden Pavilion
10. Ararat
11. Chez Nous
12. Hill's Cafe
13. wink
14. Manuel's
15. Asti
16. Doña Emilia's South American Bar & Grill
17. Austin's Pizza
18. Mars Restaurant and Bar
19. Cypress Grill
20. Maudie's Tex-Mex
21. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
22. Hoover's Cooking
23. Madam Mam's
24. Trudy's
25. The Salt Lick
26. Rocco's Grill
27. Eastside Cafe
28. Texas Embassy
29. The Clay Pit
30. Z'Tejas
31. Shady Grove
32. Curra's Grill
33. Bellagio Italian Bistro
34. Galaxy Cafe
35. The Tavern

Best Appetizer

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Vespaio
Honorable Mention
Z'Tejas, Saba Blue Water Cafe, Castle Hill Cafe, Málaga

Best Barbecue

The Salt Lick

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

Best Hamburger

Hut's Hamburgers

Runner-up
Casino el Camino
Honorable Mention
Sandy's Hamburgers, Dan's Hamburgers, Shady Grove

Best Steak

Sullivan's Steakhouse

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

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Threadgill's

Runner-up
Hoover's Cooking
Honorable Mention
Broken Spoke, Hill's Cafe

Best Chile-Pepper Dish

Chuy's

Runners-up
Serranos, Trudy's
Honorable Mention
Manuel's, Fonda San Miguel

Best French Fries

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Shady Grove, Hut's Hamburgers
Honorable Mention
Opal Divine's

Best Chips and Hot Sauce

Chuy's

Runner-up
Polvos
Honorable Mention
Hula Hut, Trudy's, Maudie's Tex-Mex

Best Taco

Maria's Taco Xpress

Runner-up
Juan in a Million
Honorable Mention
Güero's, Taco Shack, Changos

Best Soup

Chez Zee

Runners-up
Eastside Cafe, Coco's Cafe
Honorable Mention
Central Market

Best Salad/Dressing

TIE: Castle Hill Cafe, Eastside Cafe

Runner-up
Rocco's Grill
Honorable Mention
Chez Zee

Best Seafood Dish

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runner-up
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Honorable Mention
Rocco's Grill, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Truluck's

Best Original Recipe

CoCo's Cafe

Runners-up
Mars Restaurant and Bar, Chez Zee
Honorable Mention
Castle Hill Cafe, Bistrot Mirabelle

Best Pub Grub

The Dog & Duck Pub

Runners-up
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, Opal Divine's
Honorable Mention
Crown & Anchor Pub, Cool River Cafe, Casino el Camino

Best Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
The Bagelry

Best Sushi

Uchi

Runners-up
Sushi Sake, Kenichi
Honorable Mention
Umi Sushi Bar & Grill, Mikado Ryotei

Best Bowl of Pho

TIE: Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Công Lý

Runners-up
Triumph Cafe, Hai Ky
Honorable Mention
888 Cafe, Madam Mam's

Best Breakfast

TIE: Magnolia Cafe, Kerbey Lane Cafe

Runners-up
Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, IHOP
Honorable Mention
Juan in a Million, Trudy's

Best Migas

Trudy's

Runners-up
Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, Kerbey Lane Cafe
Honorable Mention
Maudie's Tex-Mex

Best Sandwich

ThunderCloud Subs

Runners-up
Subway, Texadelphia
Honorable Mention
Delaware Sub Shop, the Kitchen Door

Best Desserts

Chez Zee

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Bistrot Mirabelle
Honorable Mention
The Cheesecake Factory, Mars Restaurant and Bar

Best Ice Cream

Amy's Ice Creams

Runners-up
Dolce Vita, Marble Slab Creamery
Honorable Mention
TCBY, Baskin-Robbins

Best Coffee

Little City

Runners-up
Starbucks Coffee, Flipnotics, Jo's Coffee
Honorable Mention
CC's Coffee House, Ruta Maya, Pacha, Mozart's Coffee Roasters

Best Pizza

Austin's Pizza

Runner-up
Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza
Honorable Mention
Conans Pizza, Gatti's Pizza

Best Enchiladas

TIE: Trudy's, Chuy's

Runner-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Manuel's, Enchiladas y Mas, Amaya's Taco Village

Best Vegetables

Eastside Cafe

Runners-up
Threadgill's, Hoover's Cooking
Honorable Mention
Mr. Natural, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Best Chicken Dish

TIE: CoCo's Cafe, The Clay Pit

Runner-up
Rocco's Grill
Honorable Mention
Zoot, Bistrot Mirabelle, Pluckers Wing Bar

Best Wild-Game Dish

Hudson's on the Bend

Runners-up
Bistrot Mirabelle, Cool River Cafe
Honorable Mention
Ranch 616

Best Bargain Dish

Draught House Pub & Brewery

Runners-up
TIE: Fried Chicken & Rice at Coco's Cafe, Don Juan Taco at Juan in a Million
Honorable Mention
Migas at Tamale House

Best Veggie Burger

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

Runner-up
Hut's Hamburgers
Honorable Mention
Shady Grove, Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Best Tofu Dish

Veggie Heaven

Runners-up
CoCo's Cafe, Mr. Natural
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market, Mother's Cafe & Garden

Best Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

Fonda San Miguel

Runners-up
Curra's Grill, Manuel's
Honorable Mention
Polvos, La Reyna Mexican Restaurant, El Sol y la Luna

Best Tex-Mex

Chuy's

Runner-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Trudy's, Matt's El Rancho

Best Taqueria

Maria's Taco Xpress

Runner-up
Taco Shack
Honorable Mention
Taqueria Arandas

Best Italian

Vespaio

Runners-up
Romeo's, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Asti, La Traviata Italian Bistro

Best Cajun/Creole

Gumbo's

Runners-up
Cypress Grill, The Boiling Pot
Honorable Mention
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Jazz, Baker St. Pub & Grill

Best Middle Eastern

Ararat

Runner-up
Alborz Persian Cuisine
Honorable Mention
Marakesh Cafe & Grill, The Pyramids

Best Indian

The Clay Pit

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

Best Chinese

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Runner-up
Chinatown
Honorable Mention
Suzi's China Kitchen, Buffet Palace

Best Japanese

Uchi

Runners-up
Kyoto, Sushi Sake
Honorable Mention
Mikado Ryotei

Best Korean

Korea House

Runners-up
Korea Garden, Koreana Grill & Sushi Bar
Honorable Mention
Ichiban

Best Thai

Thai Kitchen

Runner-up
Thai Passion CLOSED
Honorable Mention
Satay

Best Other Asian

CoCo's Cafe

Honorable Mention
Java Noodles, Mars Restaurant and Bar

Best American

Chez Zee

Runners-up
Threadgill's, Shady Grove
Honorable Mention
Galaxy Cafe

Best Vegetarian

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runners-up
West Lynn Cafe, Veggie Heaven
Honorable Mention
Mr. Natural, Eastside Cafe

Best Natural Food

Mr. Natural

Runner-up
Casa de Luz
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market

Best French

Chez Nous

Runner-up
Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
Jean-Luc's Bistro, Chez Zee

Best Vietnamese

TIE: Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant, Triumph Cafe

Runner-up
Sunflower Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Sea Dragon

Best Other Ethnic

Texas Embassy

Runners-up
Doña Emilia's South American Bar & Grill, Coco's Cafe (Taiwanese)
Honorable Mention
Sampaio's Brazilian Cuisine, World Beat Cafe

Best New Restaurant

Galaxy Cafe

Runners-up
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Uchi
Honorable Mention
South Congress Cafe, Baby Greens

Best Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery

Runners-up
Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe, Texas French Bread
Honorable Mention
Chez Zee, Central Market, Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

Best Patio/Beer Garden

The Oasis

Runner-up
Shady Grove
Honorable Mention
Hula Hut, Opal Divine's

Best Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery

Runners-up
Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe, Texas French Bread
Honorable Mention
Chez Zee, Central Market, Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

Best Service/Waitstaff

Chez Zee

Runners-up
Castle Hill Cafe, Rocco's Grill
Honorable Mention
Bistrot Mirabelle

Best Decor

Fonda San Miguel

Runners-up
Galaxy Cafe, Mars Restaurant and Bar
Honorable Mention
Siena, Ararat

Best Romantic

TIE: Bistrot Mirabelle, Chez Zee

Runners-up
Romeo's, Jeffrey's, Mars Restaurant and Bar
Honorable Mention
Vespaio, wink

Best Sunday Brunch

Fonda San Miguel

Runner-up
TRIO at the Four Seasons
Honorable Mention
Green Pastures Restaurant, Trudy's

Best Fast Food

Taco Cabana

Runner-up
Zen Japanese Food Fast
Honorable Mention
Gatti's Pizza

Best Takeout

Central Market

Runner-up
Taco Bell
Honorable Mention
Austin's Pizza, CoCo's Cafe

Best Delivery

Gatti's Pizza

Runner-up
Austin's Pizza
Honorable Mention
Pluckers Wing Bar, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza

Best Chef

David Apthorpe at Mirabelle

Runner-up
Emilia Hurtado at Dona Emilia's
Honorable Mention
Martin Abundas at Chez Zee

Best Dim Sum

TIE: Tien Hong, T&S Chinese Restaurant

Runner-up
Marco Polo Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Suzi's China Kitchen, Lim Ting Restaurant

Best Wine List

Bistrot Mirabelle

Runner-up
Cool River Cafe
Honorable Mention
Castle Hill Cafe, Vespaio

Best Smokers Restaurant

Cool River Cafe

Runner-up
Star Seeds Cafe
Honorable Mention
Casino el Camino

Best Beer Selection

The Ginger Man

Runner-up
Draught House Pub & Brewery
Honorable Mention
The Bitter End, The Dog & Duck Pub

Best Buffet

Buffet Palace

Runners-up
Fonda San Miguel, Star of India
Honorable Mention
Gatti's Pizza

Best Upscale

Jeffrey's

Runners-up
wink, Vespaio
Honorable Mention
Cool River Cafe, Zoot, Castle Hill Cafe

Best Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

Korea Garden

Runner-up
Manuel's (1/2 price appetizers)
Honorable Mention
Saba (tapas)

Best Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking

Runner-up
Threadgill's
Honorable Mention
CoCo's Cafe, Dot's Place

Best Late Night/All Night

Magnolia Cafe

Runners-up
IHOP, Katz's Deli & Bar
Honorable Mention
Kerbey Lane Cafe, Star Seeds Cafe

Best Place to Take Kids

TIE: Gatti's Pizza, The Salt Lick

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
Chuck E. Cheese's, IHOP, Shady Grove

Best Place to Take Parents

Runner-up
The Oasis
Honorable Mention
Castle Hill Cafe, Hula Hut

Best Restaurant Within 60 Miles

The Salt Lick

Runner-up
Hudson's on the Bend
Honorable Mention
Bluebonnet Cafe

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

Basil's

Runner-up
Les Amis
Honorable Mention
DemiEpicurious, Gilligan's

Best Other Restaurant Worth Noting

Alamo Drafthouse

Runner-up
Lucky Dog
Honorable Mention
Ventana

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