Food
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Best All You Can Eat

To echo a Marion Winik complaint: you can't get good Yankee pizza in Texas. But you can get plenty of Texas pizza at this buffet.

Best Bakery

How do they get that fine cinnamon sugar coating on the outside of gooey Danish dough cinnamon rolls without burning them?

Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd.
512/467-0102
www.theuppercrustbakery.com

Best Bakery, Bread

A loaf of heaven for just over a buck. Our source says, "Mommy, that's good bread. Can I have some more?"

Texas French Bread
2900 Rio Grande
512/499-0544
www.texasfrenchbread.com

Best Bakery, Pastries

How do they get that fine cinnamon sugar coating on the outside of gooey Danish dough cinnamon rolls without burning them?

Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd.
512/467-0102
www.theuppercrustbakery.com

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe
1120 W. Sixth
512/472-1347
www.sweetishhill.com

Best Barbecue

Rumor has it Spielberg purchased those ribs you see at the end of The Flintstones right here in Austin. The place to throw yourself a barbecued bone.

County Line
County Line on the Lake, 5204 FM 2222, 512/346-3664
The County Line Bar-B-Q, 6500 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-1742
www.countyline.com

Best Caterer

Yes, with little mobile sign centerpieces available for your tables (politically questionable slogans extra). Do they bring the deck and trees along?

El Arroyo
1624 W. Fifth, 512/474-1222
www.elarroyo.com

Best Chips (locally Made)

One friend points out that the lighter texture of these chips can at least fool you into thinking they aren't as dangerous as some Tex-Mex treats. We'll munch a bunch anyway.

El Galindo
1601 E. Sixth
512/478-5656

Best Chocolates

Holy Oompa Loompas, Batman! These guys have 150 different chocolate fantasies, all made right there. Sweet dreams include dipped seasonal fruits-of-the-season.

Best Coffee (local)

The cooperative growing these dark, pungent beans is one of the bits of good news coming from the Chiapas area these days.

Best Coffee House

A new, growing category, but an hour in this aromatic casa de java will force you to wake up and smell why it's the favorite.

Best Custom Cakes

Hello, Lucy? I'd like a cake shaped like a gas station. Can you help me?

Best Greasy Spoon

Undeterred by snotty allusions in Bon Appetit magazine, readers love to slide right into this Austin mainstay.

Dirty Martin's Place
2808 Guadalupe
512/477-3173
www.dirtymartins.com

Candice Gallion

Best Grocery Store
HEB

It's not a grocery, it's an empire expanding and proving that you can please all of the people most of the time, from the Bubbas down south to big spenders at Central Market.

HEB
7015 Village Center Dr., 512/502-8445
2400 S. Congress, 512/442-2354
2701 E. Seventh, 512/478-7328
10710 Research #200, 512/794-8221
6900 Brodie, 512/891-8900
11521 FM 620 N., 512/249-0558
2508 E. Riverside, 512/448-3544
201 FM 685 N., Pflugerville, 512/251-0002
1080 E. 290, Elgin, 512/285-4168
500 Canyon Ridge Dr., 512/973-8143
5808 Burnet, 512/453-8864
7112 Ed Bluestein #125, 512/926-1491
9414 N Lamar, 512/835-5400
600 W. William Cannon, 512/447-5544
6001 W. Parmer, 512/249-0400
5800 W. Slaughter, 512/301-9770
www.heb.com

Best Lunch Under $5

If it's good enough for Willie... Just check the special drive-thru requests before you leave the lot.

Taco Bell
1910 Airport, 512/442-5395
311 S. Lamar, 512/469-0444
www.tacobell.com

Best Milkshakes & Smoothies

Blend one part hippie wait-staff, one part groovy art, one part pleasant deck. Add juice, straw, and suction.

Best Open-air Market

If you carrot all about peas on earth, shopping here might produce it.

Travis County Farmers Market
6701 Burnet Rd.
512/454-1002

Best Oriental Bowl Of Noodles

The restaurant of choice for many of our staff, with some of the finest phó in town. Use your noodle and look deeeep into your bowl.

Kim Phung Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant
7601-I N. Lamar
512/451-2464
www.kimphungaustin.com

Best Outdoor Patio

The classic cartoons shown at night are great but for a real thrill, take the vibrating beeper the hostess hands you and use your imagination.

Best Place To Impress Out-of-towners

The weak-tongued visitors will take heart that tame burgers are an option over enchiladas - and the sunset view will please all.

The Oasis
6550 Comanche Trl.
512/266-2442
www.oasis-austin.com

Best Quick Lunch

One has bargain Mexican offerings via drive-thru, while the other has super subs. Bonus: both offer the most palatable over-the-counter hangover remedies.

Taco Bell
1910 Airport
512/442-5395
www.tacobell.com

ThunderCloud Subs #1
1608 Lavaca
512/478-3281
www.thundercloud.com

Best Restaurant With A View

The weak-tongued visitors will take heart that tame burgers are an option over enchiladas - and the sunset view will please all.

The Oasis
6550 Comanche Trl.
512/266-2442
www.oasis-austin.com

Best Salsa (Locally Made)

It has been suggested that this is God's salsa of choice, and although Her ballot isn't here yet, we won't argue.

Best Sandwich Shop/Chain

Fast, filling, and oft-prepared by the skilled fingers of sleepy-eyed guitarists waiting for that contract to arrive. Yum!

ThunderCloud Subs
ThunderCloud Subs #10, 903 W. 12th, 512/322-0154
ThunderCloud Subs #1, 1608 Lavaca, 512/478-3281
ThunderCloud Subs #3, 3200 Guadalupe, 512/452-5010
ThunderCloud Subs #2, 201 E. Riverside, 512/441-5331
ThunderCloud Subs #11, 2521 Rutland, 512/835-6458
ThunderCloud Subs #14, 3201 Bee Caves Rd., 512/328-2114
ThunderCloud Subs #151, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/263-1620
ThunderCloud Subs #17, 5401 Burnet Rd., 512/467-9438
ThunderCloud Subs #18, 13776 Hwy. 183 N. #152, 512/258-9145
ThunderCloud Subs #19, 1807 W. Slaughter, 512/282-2255
ThunderCloud Subs #21, 1010 S. Lamar, 512/443-0888
ThunderCloud Subs #5, 7930 Burnet Rd., 512/451-0027
ThunderCloud Subs #6, 2308 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/479-6504
ThunderCloud Subs #7, 10000 Research #137, 512/345-8186
ThunderCloud Subs #8, 2801-B S. Lamar, 512/443-0960
ThunderCloud Subs #9, 2021 E. Riverside, 512/445-4163
ThunderCloud Subs #20, 1110-D N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-2468
ThunderCloud Subs #28, 6920 FM 620 N., 512/335-3663
ThunderCloud Subs #31, 2500 W. Parmer #160, 512/255-2013
6501 Hwy. 290 E., 512/451-5830
www.thundercloud.com

Best Seafood Counter

If they don't have it, they'll go catch it.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000
4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-4300
centralmarket.com

Best Take-out Food

What the heck is it about those tortillas? And whaddaya mean we get this whole bag of food and change?

Taco Cabana
various locations
www.tacocabana.com

Best Tamales

Hot today, chili tamale -- and everyday you'll be a-maize'd at the taste and price.

Rosie's Tamale House
13436 Hwy. 71 W., 512/263-5245

 
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