The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2008 Critics Picks

Critics Made-From-Scratch Flashback Food to Celebrate

TIE: Arkie's Grill; the Frisco Shop

Best Sweet-Potato Fries

Silver K Cafe

Best Tuesday Special

Turkey and dressing at the Stallion Grill

Best Tex-Mex Chips & Queso

Chuy's

Best Upscale BLT

Finn & Porter

Best Breakfast Bacon

Hoover's Cooking

Best Florentines

Expressions Fine Artisan Chocolates & Confections at Whole Foods Market

Best Shrimp & Grits

Jasper's Gourmet Backyard Cuisine

Best Lamb Sandwich

FoodHeads

Best Tartines

Blue Dahlia Bistro

Best Carnivore Appetizer

Roasted marrow bones

Made-From-Scratch Flashback Food to Celebrate

TIE: Arkie's Grill; the Frisco Shop

Caribbean-Dominican Food to Die For

Lechon roast pork and Cubano sandwich at Cafe Mangù

Most Soulful Cajun

Nubian Queen Lola

Best Country Pie

TIE: Jalapeño Dutch Apple Pie
at R.O.’s Outpost in Spicewood; Almond Joy Pie at Texas Pie Co. in Kyle

Best City Pie

Banana cream pie at Lamberts

Tasting Menu Excellent Enough for a Roman Emperor

Hudson's on the Bend

Best Customer-Conscious Trend

Gluten-free choices on more restaurant menus

Best Natural Frozen Yogurt

Piccomolo (made with local White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt)

Ed Ward Memorial Sandwich Award

Chicken shawarma at Phoenicia Bakery

The Consummate Salvadoran Plate

El Sunzal

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Threadgill's

Best 'Cabrito' Flautas

El Azteca Restaurant

Best Bowl of Mexican Soup

Caldo de Birria

Best Local Truffle

Dark Chocolate Blue Cheese Truffle

Best Michelada

TIE: El Chile Cafe y Cantina; La Mojarra Feliz

Best Duck Dish

Teow-Chew Duck at TC Noodle House

Best Indoor Cupcakes

The Steeping Room

Best Barbecue Sauce

TIE: The Salt Lick; R.O.’s Outpost

Viet Blast From the Past

Sea Dragon

The Freshest Oasis in Wimberley

The Leaning Pear Cafe & Eatery

Way East Ethnic Food Well Worth the Gas to Get

TIE: Oaxacan Tamaleo on Highway 71 East; Konstantinos in Bastrop

Paradise for Single-Malt Lovers

Opal Divine's

Best Irish Food for Folks Who've Just Come Back From Dublin

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub

Best French Food for Folks Who've Just Come Back From France

Aquarelle

Best Little Wine List

TIE: Eastside Cafe; Fino Restaurant, Patio & Bar

Best Outdoor Dining (With a View of the Bats)

TRIO at the Four Seasons

Best Austin Wine Trend

Wine bars with really good food

Best Seasonal Menus

Cafe 909

Best Casual Seafood Bar

Quality Seafood Market

Best Retro-Ranch Decor With a Pizza Happy Hour

The Red House

Best Cajun Food/Music Venue

Evangeline Cafe

Best New Food Market Venue in West Austin

Tarrytown Farmers' Market in the back yard of Talulah Bleu Tarrytown Florist

Best Additions to East Sixth Street Entertainment District

TIE: Alamo at the Ritz with cocktails;
the late-night chef hangout scene at Parkside

Best Restaurant Makeover

TIE: TRIO at the Four Seasons (fine dining); Threadgill’s Old No. 1 (comfort food)

Best Pastry Chef

Philip Speer at Uchi

Best Place to Take a Break From Shopping

A22 Wine Bar at Central Market Westgate

Best Sichuan With an Authentic Difference

Asia Cafe

Dim Sum Done Right

Chinatown

Fish Sandwich Heaven

Fuegos Authentic Mexican & California Cuisine

Two Blocks of Superior Burgers With a Side of Great Jukebox

TIE: Casino el Camino, The Jackalope

Local Focus of a Food Trend Sweeping Both Coasts

Korean fried chicken at Red Cap Chick

We Can't Believe These Places Are Gone

TIE: Cibo, Brentwood Tavern, Garibaldi's Mexican Restaurant

Best Reclamation of a Cursed Location

Gypsy Italian Bistro (Honorable Mention: Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, Baby Greens, Botticelli’s)

Incredibly Creative Martinis

Imperia

Best Place to Write Your Novel or Finish Your Dissertation

Fair Bean Coffee

Absolutely Top-Drawer Afternoon Tea

The Steeping Room

Most Soulful Seafood

Bayseas #7 at the Victory Grill

Best 'Ostioneria'

La Mojarra Feliz

Best Creative Cocktails

Starlite

Street Food Chic

TIE: Vietnamese báhn mì thit at Lulu B’s; gourmet grilled cheese at Go Bites

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