Food
1995 Readers Poll
1995 Critics Picks
Best All You Can Eat

Let's say you have 10 bucks, two kids, and three killer appetites. Then it's time to meet Mr. Gatti for lunch. You drop $3.49, the kids spring 99 cents each, and you can all stuff yourselves silly on cheese stix, garlic stix, salad, dessert and, oh yeah, pizza.

Best Bakery

How sweet it is, now celebrating 20 years of satisfying sweet teeth citywide. Check out Mimi Sheraton's mambo tribute to owner Patricia Bauer-Slate's pastry prowess in "Flour Power," an extensive article in the June '95 issue of New Woman magazine.

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

Best Bakery, Pastries

How sweet it is, now celebrating 20 years of satisfying sweet teeth citywide. Check out Mimi Sheraton's mambo tribute to owner Patricia Bauer-Slate's pastry prowess in "Flour Power," an extensive article in the June '95 issue of New Woman magazine.

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

Best Barbecue

Great big beef ribs they are, and best ordered all-you-can-eat. (But then, what isn't?)

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

Prairie Rock opened just last fall, and has already attracted a devoted following. European-trained, native Texan chef Deborah DeWitt "creates elegant and affordable menus, using the bold flavors of modern Southwestern cuisine, the richness of classic French, and the zest of the Mediterranean."

Prarie Rock Catering
815-A Brazos #332
512/441-0111

Best Chips (locally Made)

Heavenly tortilla treats made in our own backyard.

El Galindo
1601 E. Sixth
512/478-5656

Best Chocolates

One hundred and ten years young this year, Lammes is family owned and operated. Even the normally fat-fearing among us cannot resist the chocolate-covered strawberries, cashew critters, chocodillos, and Texas chewy pecan pralines.

Lammes Candies
5330 Airport, 512/453-2899
110 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/388-1885
2927 W. Anderson Ste. A, 512/645-2960
www.lammes.com

Best Coffee (local)

Chiapas grown and Austin roasted - walk within a mile of the main coffeehouse while those beans are cooking and you'll have a nose-gasm. Available by the cup at such local eateries as Magnolia Cafe and Kerbey Lane, and by the bean at Whole Foods, Wheatsville, Fiesta, and of course at R.M. Coffee House.

Best Coffee House

Featuring a zillion coffee choices, including the Best Coffee in town, a cavernous, non-claustrophobic atmosphere, and - get this - no dirty looks for smokers. In fact, you'll find the Ruta Maya Tobacco Store in the back, with a walk-in Humidor and yummy cigars. Entertainment thrice weekly (Wed/Fri/Sat) and music open mike on Thursdays. Kids welcome.

Best Custom Cakes

Once, Susan (daughter of Lucy) made a cake in the shape of Bevo and to the tune of 1,200 servings (that had to be hauled away in a truck). Another time, she reproduced, in icing, a photo of a lovemaking couple getting rugburns the best way. Surely, she can accommodate you.

Candice Gallion

Best Greasy Spoon

Kum-bak to the fry and dine, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Not food for the faint of arteries, this beloved, longtime North Campus eatery is the place to go for an OT (that's a double bacon cheeseburger), a DH (that's a patty melt), or a top sirloin sandwich with fries (that's a top sirloin sandwich with fries).

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

Best Grocery Store

What we like is that many of the products feature labels with pictures of people (e.g.: Frank Sinatra spag sauce). What you'll like is that these folks aren't kidding when they say "wide variety" - for instance, 150 brands of mustard. And don't get us started on the fabulous produce department.

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

Best Lunch Under $5

Border-ing on broke? Worried if you turn your car off it won't start again? If you answered yes and are hungry, to boot, it's time to make a run for the faux-stucco drive-thru near you.

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

Best Open-Air Market

Countless vendors offering all sorts of fresh Texas produce in an open air market. And while you're perusing the perishables, you can stop at one of several restaurants offering BBQ, gourmet, and, of course, vegetarian fare. Don't miss the annual peach, pumpkin, and hot sauce festivals.

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

Best Oriental Bowl Of Noodles

More - oh so much more - than a souped up version of your ramen-staple diet. Grab a big, big bowl o' noodles from a very, very friendly waiter for less than $5.

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

Best Outdoor Patio

Not for nothing was this Barton Springs eatery named what it was. With a veritable forest of lovely trees to umbrella it, Shady Grove offers sweet respite from the Central Texas sun at its most brutal (and hearty food, to boot).

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Rd.
512/474-9991
www.theshadygrove.com

Best Place To Impress Out-of-Towners

This place will lend itself very well to your proclamation that everything is bigger in Texas. Before taking your visiting guests here, tell them "Oh, it's one of the smaller cafes." Watch their faces as they take in the 1,200 available seats.

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

Best Quick Lunch

SUB-ordinate? No! SUB-missive? Nix nix! SUB-lime? Oh yes, yes, yes, baby. Give us another shot o' thundersauce, will ya? Where to bolt when pangs of hunger flash through you like lightning? Duh, and but of course, to the 'Cloud, where a bevy of yummy Thunderbunnies stand eager to serve you.

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 Restaurant With A View

This place will lend itself very well to your proclamation that everything is bigger in Texas. Before taking your visiting guests here, tell them "Oh, it's one of the smaller cafes." Watch their faces as they take in the 1,200 available seats.

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

Best Salsa (Locally Made)

Part of the secret is that Timpone's (maker of Rose's) doesn't let their product sit on the shelf for long. Actually, neither do the customers. If heaven is hot and chunky, then it's in the jar marked Rose's.

Best Sandwich Shop/Chain

SUB-ordinate? No! SUB-missive? Nix nix! SUB-lime? Oh yes, yes, yes, baby. Give us another shot o' thundersauce, will ya? Where to bolt when pangs of hunger flash through you like lightning? Duh, and but of course, to the 'Cloud, where a bevy of yummy Thunderbunnies stand eager to serve you.

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 Take-out Food

SUB-ordinate? No! SUB-missive? Nix nix! SUB-lime? Oh yes, yes, yes, baby. Give us another shot o' thundersauce, will ya? Where to bolt when pangs of hunger flash through you like lightning? Duh, and but of course, to the 'Cloud, where a bevy of yummy Thunderbunnies stand eager to serve you.

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 Tamales

Twenty-four years ago, Rosie started out with two tables and four barstools from her own house. Now, this perennial winner has two restaurants, two to-go stores, and lots of sons and grandkids daily recreating her homemade recipes.

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

 
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