The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

2009 Readers Poll

Favorites

1. Uchi
2. Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar
3. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
4. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
5. parkside
6. Asti
7. Manuel's
8. Imperia
9. The Clay Pit
10. Trudy's
11. Vespaio
12. Chon Som
13. wink
14. Chuy's
15. The Salt Lick
16. Fonda San Miguel
17. Home Slice Pizza
18. La Condesa
19.
20. Changos Taqueria
21. Z'Tejas
22. Matt's El Rancho
23. Eastside Cafe
24. Sazón
25. Maudie's Tex-Mex
26. The Steeping Room
27. Mighty Fine
28. Cypress Grill
29. Mama Fu's Asian House
30. Shady Grove
31. Galaxy Cafe
32. Lamberts
33. Paggi House CLOSED
34. Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
35. Hula Hut

Best Appetizer

Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

Runners-up
Imperia, 219 West
Honorable Mention
Z'Tejas, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, parkside, Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Best Barbecue

The Salt Lick

Runners-up
County Line, Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Honorable Mention
Ruby's BBQ, Lamberts, Green Mesquite BBQ

Best Hamburger

TIE: P. Terry's Burger Stand, Hut's Hamburgers

Runners-up
Casino el Camino, Mighty Fine
Honorable Mention
Phil's Icehouse, Dirty Martin's Place, Top Notch Hamburgers

Best Steak

Austin Land & Cattle Company

Runners-up
Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Saltgrass Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse
Honorable Mention
Texas Land & Cattle, Lamberts, Ruth's Chris Steak House, III Forks

Best Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking

Runner-up
Threadgill's
Honorable Mention
Woodland, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Galaxy Cafe

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

TIE: Threadgill's, Hoover's Cooking

Runner-up
Hill's Cafe
Honorable Mention
Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Broken Spoke, Shady Grove

Best Chile-Pepper Dish

Chuy's

Runner-up
Manuel's
Honorable Mention
El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Trudy's, La Condesa

Best French Fries

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Mighty Fine, P. Terry's Burger Stand
Honorable Mention
Pluckers Wing Bar, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Hut's Hamburgers

Best Hot Dog

TIE: Dog Almighty, Mighty Fine Burger

Runners-up
Shady Grove, Sonic, The Best Wurst
Honorable Mention
The Hot Dog King, Lucky Dog

Best Chips and Hot Sauce

Chuy's

Runners-up
Trudy's, Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Polvos, Hula Hut

Best Taco

Runner-up
Tacodeli
Honorable Mention
Taco Shack, Chuy's, El Chilito Tacos y Cafe

Best Soup

The Soup Peddler

Runners-up
Central Market, Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
Manuel's, Jason's Deli, Chon Som, The Steeping Room

Best Salad/Dressing

leaf

Runner-up
Baby Greens
Honorable Mention
Bartlett's, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Galaxy Cafe

Best Seafood Dish

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Runners-up
Uchi, Truluck's, Quality Seafood Market
Honorable Mention
parkside, Gumbo's, Manuel's

Best Pub Grub

TIE: The Dog & Duck Pub, Pluckers Wing Bar

Runner-up
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Casino el Camino, Crown & Anchor Pub, 219 West

Best Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Runner-up
Panera Bread
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market, Katz's Deli & Bar

Best Sushi

Uchi

Runner-up
Imperia
Honorable Mention
Musashino Sushi Dokoro, Chon Som

Best Tofu Dish

Veggie Heaven

Runner-up
Chon Som
Honorable Mention
Madam Mam's, Uchi, Whole Foods Market

Best Dim Sum

Chinatown

Runners-up
Imperia, Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Din Ho Chinese BBQ, T&S Chinese Restaurant, Golden Wok

Best Bowl of Pho

Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Runner-up
Hai Ky
Honorable Mention
Pho Thaison, Pho Saigon, Pho Van

Best American Breakfast

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Runner-up
Magnolia Cafe
Honorable Mention
Galaxy Cafe, Counter Cafe, Austin Diner

Best Mexican Breakfast

Juan in a Million

Runner-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex
Honorable Mention
Trudy's, Cisco's, Curra's Grill

Best Sandwich

ThunderCloud Subs

Runners-up
Texadelphia, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Honorable Mention
FoodHeads, Which Wich?, Fricano's Deli

Best Bread

TIE: Texas French Bread, Whole Foods Market

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
Great Harvest Bread Co., Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe, Panera Bread

Best Desserts

Chez Zee

Runners-up
The Cheesecake Factory, Uchi
Honorable Mention
Amy's Ice Creams, hey cupcake!

Best Ice Cream

Amy's Ice Creams

Runner-up
Blue Bell Ice Cream
Honorable Mention
Baskin-Robbins, Marble Slab Creamery, Austin Scoops

Best Gelato

Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita

Runner-up
Central Market
Honorable Mention
Whole Foods Market, Dolce Vita

Best Local Chocolate

Miles of Chocolate

Runner-up
Viva Chocolato!
Honorable Mention
Lammes Candies, Whole Foods Market

Best Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

Runner-up
Jo's Coffee
Honorable Mention
Anderson's Coffee Co., Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita

Best Pizza

Home Slice Pizza

Runners-up
Austin's Pizza, Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza
Honorable Mention
East Side Pies, Conans Pizza, Salvation Pizza

Best Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

Runner-up
Jo's Coffee
Honorable Mention
Anderson's Coffee Co., Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita

Best Enchiladas

Chuy's

Runner-up
Manuel's
Honorable Mention
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Enchiladas y Mas, Trudy's, Matt's El Rancho

Best Vegetables

Threadgill's

Runner-up
Eastside Cafe
Honorable Mention
Casa de Luz, Veggie Heaven, Hoover's Cooking

Best Chicken Dish

Pluckers Wing Bar

Runner-up
parkside
Honorable Mention
Wings 'n More, Hoover's Cooking, The Clay Pit

Best Wild-Game Dish

Hudson's on the Bend

Runner-up
wink
Honorable Mention
Ranch 616

Best Bargain Dish

The Don Juan at Juan in a Million

Runners-up
Pad thai at Mama Fu's, half-price oysters and Champagne at parkside
Honorable Mention
Wings at Pluckers, two for one burgers at Hut's

Best Wild-Game Dish

Hudson's on the Bend

Runner-up
wink
Honorable Mention
Ranch 616

Best Bargain Dish

The Don Juan at Juan in a Million

Runners-up
Pad thai at Mama Fu's, half-price oysters and Champagne at parkside
Honorable Mention
Wings at Pluckers, two for one burgers at Hut's

Best Veggie Burger

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Runner-up
Hut's Hamburgers
Honorable Mention
Bartlett's, Mother's Cafe & Garden, Galaxy Cafe

Best Vegetarian Dish

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runner-up
Veggie Heaven
Honorable Mention
Mr. Natural, Casa de Luz, The Clay Pit

Best Mexican (Not Tex-Mex)

Fonda San Miguel

Runners-up
Manuel's, La Condesa, Sazón
Honorable Mention
Curra's Grill, Polvos

Best Tex-Mex

Chuy's

Runners-up
Maudie's Tex-Mex, Trudy's
Honorable Mention
Matt's El Rancho, Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina

Best Taqueria

Runners-up
Changos Taqueria, Tacodeli
Honorable Mention
Taco Shack, El Chilito Tacos y Cafe, Taqueria Arandas

Best Italian

Vespaio

Runner-up
Asti
Honorable Mention
Mandola's Italian Market, Romeo's

Best Cajun/Creole

Gumbo's

Runner-up
Cypress Grill
Honorable Mention
Evangeline Cafe, Shoal Creek Saloon

Best Middle Eastern

Alborz Persian Cuisine

Runner-up
Ararat
Honorable Mention
Marakesh Cafe & Grill, Phara's, Phoenicia Bakery & Deli

Best Indian

The Clay Pit

Runner-up
Sarovar Indian Cuisine
Honorable Mention
Bombay Bistro, Indian Palace, Star of India

Best Chinese

Chinatown

Runner-up
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Honorable Mention
Imperia, Suzi's China Kitchen, Din Ho Chinese BBQ

Best Japanese

Uchi

Runners-up
Imperia, Musashino Sushi Dokoro
Honorable Mention
Zen Japanese Food Fast, Kenichi, Sushi Saké Japanese Cuisine

Best Korean

Korea House

Runners-up
Koreana Grill & Sushi Bar, Korea Garden
Honorable Mention
Koriente Restaurant & Tea House

Best Thai

TIE: Thai Passion, Thai Kitchen

Runner-up
Madam Mam's
Honorable Mention
Thai Fresh, Chon Som

Best Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant

Runner-up
Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant
Honorable Mention
Triumph Cafe, Hai Ky, Tâm Deli & Cafe

Best Other Asian

Imperia

Runners-up
Mama Fu's Asian House, Jade Leaves TeaHouse
Honorable Mention
Uchi

Best American

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Hoover's Cooking, Threadgill's
Honorable Mention
parkside, Pluckers Wing Bar, Galaxy Cafe, Mighty Fine

Best Vegetarian Natural

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Runner-up
Mr. Natural
Honorable Mention
Casa de Luz, Veggie Heaven

Best French

Chez Nous

Runner-up
Aquarelle
Honorable Mention
La Madeleine, Chez Zee, Bistrot Mirabelle, Flip Happy Crepes

Best Other Ethnic

Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant

Runner-up
Tinos Greek Cafe
Honorable Mention
São Paulo's Restaurante, Texas Embassy, Kahuna's Tiki Bar & Grill

Best New Restaurant

La Condesa

Runners-up
Mighty Fine, Olivia
Honorable Mention
Cover 3

Best Chef

Tyson Cole at Uchi

Runners-up
Shawn Cirkiel at parkside, Rene Ortiz at La Condesa
Honorable Mention
Bill McGrory at Taste Select Wines, Larry Perdido at Moonshine

Best Service/Waitstaff

Uchi

Runners-up
Asti, Pluckers Wing Bar
Honorable Mention
La Condesa, Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar, Manuel's

Best Full-Service Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery

Runner-up
Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe
Honorable Mention
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, Texas French Bread

Best Grocery

Central Market

Runner-up
Whole Foods Market
Honorable Mention
H-E-B, Wheatsville Food Co-op

Best Ethnic Market

Fiesta

Runner-up
Phoenicia Bakery & Deli
Honorable Mention
Mandola's Italian Market, MT Supermarket, Thai Fresh

Best Patio/Beer Garden

Shady Grove

Runners-up
The Ginger Man, Flying Saucer
Honorable Mention
Scholz Garten, Opal Divine's

Best Street Food

Cupcake at hey cupcake!

Runners-up
Bratwurst at Best Wurst
Honorable Mention
Pizza at Roppolo's, cake balls at Holy Cacao, crepes at Flip Happy Crepes

Best Decor

Uchi

Runner-up
Fonda San Miguel
Honorable Mention
La Condesa, Imperia, Olivia

Best Romantic

Romeo's

Runners-up
Uchi, wink, Chez Nous
Honorable Mention
Jeffrey's, Aquarelle, Imperia, Taste Select Wines

Best Sunday Brunch

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Runners-up
Chez Zee, Fonda San Miguel
Honorable Mention
Galaxy Cafe, Green Pastures Restaurant, Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

Best Fast Food

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Runners-up
Zen Japanese Food Fast, Whataburger
Honorable Mention
Taco Cabana, Baby Greens, Mighty Fine, Taco Bell

Best Takeout

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Runners-up
Austin's Pizza, Mama Fu's Asian House
Honorable Mention
Thai Fresh, Pluckers Wing Bar, Manuel's

Best Delivery

Austin's Pizza

Runners-up
Pluckers Wing Bar, The Soup Peddler
Honorable Mention
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, Eat Out In

Best Wine List

Vino Vino

Runners-up
Taste Select Wines, wink
Honorable Mention
Bistrot Mirabelle, 219 West, Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar, The Grove

Best Mixologist

Bill Norris at FINO

Runner-up
Joyce Garrison at Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Honorable Mention
Junior Merino at La Condesa

Best Beer Selection

The Ginger Man

Runner-up
Flying Saucer
Honorable Mention
Draught House Pub & Brewery, Little Woodrow's

Best Buffet

TIE: Buffet Palace, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Runners-up
The Clay Pit, Cannoli Joe's
Honorable Mention
Fonda San Miguel, Golden Corral

Best Happy Hour/Free or Cheap Deal

Half-price appetizers at Z'Tejas

Runner-up
Half-price appetizers at Manuel's
Honorable Mention
Happy hour at Imperia, happy-hour appetizers at 219 West

Best Late Night/All Night

Magnolia Cafe

Runner-up
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Honorable Mention
Katz's Deli & Bar, Pluckers Wing Bar, Star Seeds Cafe, parkside

Best Place to Take Kids

Phil's Icehouse

Runners-up
Waterloo Ice House, Freddie's Place
Honorable Mention
Central Market

Best Place to Take Parents

TIE: Manuel's, the Salt Lick

Runners-up
Fonda San Miguel, The Oasis
Honorable Mention
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Hula Hut, Threadgill's

Best Restaurant Within 60 Miles

The Salt Lick

Runner-up
Trattoria Lisina
Honorable Mention
Little Thailand

Best Place We Wish Were Still Open

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe

Runners-up
Mars Restaurant and Bar, Castle Hill Cafe
Honorable Mention
Starlite

Best Other Restaurant Worth Noting

The Steeping Room

Runner-up
Fricano's Deli
Honorable Mention
Alamo Drafthouse

Best Food Event

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Runner-up
Taste of Austin
Honorable Mention
La Dolce Vita at Laguna Gloria

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