The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2007 Critics Picks

Best Ceviche


Best Light Lunch

Soup of the day and ensalada de la casa at Sampaio's

Best Crawfish Enchiladas

Best Pimento Cheese & Deviled Eggs

P&K Grocery

Best Bar Snack

Corndog shrimp at Moonshine

Best Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato pecan pie and spicy sweet potato fries at Ms. B's

Best Philly Cheese Steak

Hog Island Italian Deli

Best Gulf Coast Oysters

Quality Seafood Market

Best Wild Boar Ribs


Best Fresh Fruit Fried Pies


Best Persian Grilled Meats

Shandeez Grill

Best Saltana


Best Build-Your-Own Sandwiches

Whole Foods Market

Best Sno-Cones


Best Ducks and Roast Pork to Go

First Chinese B-B-Q

Best Catfish and Hushpuppies

Reggie's Trailer

Best Pan-Fried Chicken-Fried Steak w/ Pie and Great Sides

R.O.'s Outpost

Best Bowl of Birria w/ Homemade Tortillas

El Borrego de Oro

Best Pork Carnitas and Fried Yucca With a Crock of Curtido

El Sunzal

Best Chip Tower and Multiple Salsas

Evita's Botanitas

Best Oyster Po'boys

TIE: Evangeline Cafe, Gene's New Orleans Style Poboys & Deli

Best Self-Contained, Handheld Food Item

Aussie Pies at Boomerang's

Most Elegant Bourbon Delivery System

Manhattan ice cream at El Gringo

Best Pork Jambalaya & Syrup Cake

Uncle Boudreaux's

Best Late-Night Brat

The Best Wurst

Best Vietnamese Sandwiches

Tâm Deli & Cafe

Best Bowl of Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup

Le Soleil

Best Pork Lechon With Mojo Sauce & a Cuban Sandwich

Mangù Cafe Caribbean Bistro

Best Food That Barely Fits in Your Hand and Drips on Your Shirt

Amarillo burger at Casino el Camino, Double Dog Texas Tommy Hot Dog at Casino el Camino, Black & Bleu Burger at the Jackelope.

Best NY-Style Slice With Real Ale Fireman's #4 on Draft

Home Slice Pizza

Ed Ward Memorial Sandwich Award

Roast Chicken Schwarma at Pheonicia

Best Thing to Do With Sassafras Roots

Root Beer From Maine Root

Best House Coffee Blend

Cissi's Market & Wine Bar

Best Iced Blended Mocha

It's a Grind Coffee House

Best Refrescos

Changos Taqueria

Best Michelada

El Chile Cafe y Cantina

Best Mojito

Doña Emilia's South American Bar & Grill

Best New Wave Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita with pineapple-strawberry-infused Chinaco tequila at Opal Divine's.

Best Craft Beer Education

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

Best Variety of Craft Brews With Full Menu

Zax Restaurant & Bar

Most Interesting Local Drink Trends

New Wine Bars, Tea Lounges

Best Place to Find Custom Tea Blends Used in Some Local Restaurants

Chado Tea Market

Best Coffee

Caffe Medici

Best Drive-Through Food That's Actually Good Food

El Pollo Regio

Best Taco Trucks

TIE: Torchy's Tacos, Al Pastor, Taqueria la Flor, Taqueria Piedras Negras No. 2

Best Fifties Flashback Food

TIE: Arkie's Grill, The Frisco, Top Notch Hamburgers

Best Food Cooked With Love Like Granny

Dot's Place

Best Place to Drink and Nosh During a Sports Event

TIE: The Tavern, Uncle Boudreaux's

Most Sophisticated Yet Comfortable Splurge

Menu Gourmand Tasting Dinner with Wine at Aquarelle

Best Place for Cheap Wine, Good Food, and Imported Groceries

Mandola's Italian Kitchen

Best School Lunch and/or Dinner Open to the Public

Ventana Restaurant at Texas Culinary Academy, International Bistro Dinner Series at ACC Culinary Arts Program

Most Authentic Szechuan Cuisine

Asia Cafe

Most Authentic Thai Street Food & Homestyle Cooking

Madam Mam's

Best New Fancy Barbecue With a Side of Blues


Place We're Glad Re-Opened

Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

Places We're Sorry to See Closed

TIE: Kebab Palace & Deli, La Paletera

New Location We're Eager to Try

Oaxacan Tamaleo near Bastrop

Most Soulful Cooking in the Hill Country

Real New Orleans Style Restaurant

Most Soulful Cooking in Austin

Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Kitchen

Best Italian Pastries

Mandola's Italian Kitchen

Best Indian Seafood

Bombay Bistro

Best South Indian Vegetarian

Madras Pavilion

Best World-Class Sushi in a Relaxed Atmosphere With No Wait

Maru Japanese Restaurant

Best Coffee Shop/Laundrette

The Lost Sock

Best Fruteria

Jugos y Frutas la Morena

Best Beer Garden


Best Upscale Happy Hour Deal

Half-price food in the Jeffrey's Bar

Best Chef that Consistently Operates Under the Celebrity Radar

Elmar Prambs at the Four Seasons

Best Bartender

Tom Upthegrove at Vespaio

Most Elegant, Seemingly Effortless Service

Waitstaff at Aquarelle

Gentleman of the Local Food World We Lost This Year We'll Miss

Bruce Walcott of County Line, Russell Altenhoff of Farmer Russell's Beef, Jaime Tames of Jaime's Spanish Village

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