Best of Austin More 2009 Critics Food Best Chick: The Nada Chicken at ThunderCloud Subs Nuttiest Austinites: AustiNuts Best Catered Sunday Brunch at a Bar: Traveling Bistro Best Rotisserie Chicken: Country Grill at the Farmers' Markets Best Seasonal Taste of the Hill Country: Fredericksburg Peach and Mint Ice Cream at Thai Fresh Best Eastside Juiciness: Veracruz All Natural Tastiest Riff on Nawlins, Vegan-Style: Wheatsville's Popcorn Tofu Po'boy Best Outdoor Seating: New Decks at Flipnotics Best Recycling Role Model: Dorsey Barger, Eastside Cafe & Art City Austin Best Farmers' Market Maestra: Suzanne Santos of the Sustainable Food Center Best Sweets: Quack's Best Tasting Hostess: Antoinette at Twin Liquors Best New Place to Get Porked: Frank Best Drowning Flautas: The Screaming Goat Best Cart of Vegan Luv: Cheer Up Charlie's Best 3am Grocery Shopping, 1997: Fiesta Mart Best Cherry Lemonade, 1999: Long Beach Eggrolls Best Outdoor Seating, 2004: Cafe Mundi

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Best Locavore Chef/Butcher: Chef Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due

Although several Austin chefs support the emerging farm-to-table movement to one degree or another, no chef we’ve ever met takes cooking entirely from the Central Texas terroir quite as seriously as Jesse Griffiths, chef/owner of Dai Due Supper Club & Butcher Shop. Griffiths’ mission to cultivate “a more conscious food culture” is reflected in his seasonal menus, which feature only locally sourced, sustainably raised produce, meats, and dairy products. His multiple-course, roving farm dinners and seasonal feasts sell out quickly, as do his fall hog-butchering classes and fishing trips that include instruction in cooking the catch. His newest venture is an online butcher shop, offering charcuterie derived from local meats with selections that change weekly. When we’re hungry for the true flavor of Austin, Jesse Griffiths is on the range.

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