Food & Drink
2016 Readers Poll
2016 Critics Picks
Best Artisan Food Maker

Absolutely amazing, locally sourced meats. Their sandwiches are killer and serve to remind me why I am never going vegan. – Jerry Durham

1912 E. Seventh
512/524-1383
www.saltandtime.com

Best Barbecue

Awwww, the pleasant drive, beautiful country serenity … the vineyards, the intoxicating smell of the barbecue … true Texas rawness. – Melvis Lara

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood
512/858-4959
3350 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512/386-1044
www.saltlickbbq.com

Photo by John Anderson

Photo by John Anderson

Best Breakfast

Again, Jesus had Kerbey Lane at the Last Supper. What many don't know is that he also had it for the Last Breakfast. Fact. – Robbie Phillips

Multiple locations
www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best Brewery/Distiller

Everyone at Austin Beerworks is such a pleasure, and it doesn't hurt they have the best beer in Texas. – Paige Fincher

3009 Industrial Terrace
512/821-2494
www.austinbeerworks.com

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Photo by John Anderson

Best Burger

I didn't eat hamburgers before coming to Hopdoddy. Now I'm going once a week to make up for lost time. – Erin Anderson

Multiple locations
www.hopdoddy.com

Best Cheap Date

I went on my first date with my now-husband to Torchy's back when we were poor. It will always hold a special place in my heart. – Ellen Bond

Multiple locations
www.torchystacos.com

Shelley Hiam

Best Chef

Tyson is so real. Love to see him at the restaurants and chatting with guests. His creations are incredible. – Daniel Allen

801 S. Lamar
512/916-4808
www.uchiaustin.com/uchi-biographies

Best Coffee Shop

Pretty much every situation in life can be improved with the proper application of caffeine and booze. – Joe Ballato

4204 Manchaca Rd.
512/394-7844
www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com

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Best Desserts

Honestly, I used to be pretty ambivalent about cupcakes. But when I first tasted that cream cheese frosting on a Sugar Mama's cupcake, the heavens opened up to me. I will never be the same again. – Katelyn Alexander

1905-A S. First
512/448-3727
2406-B Manor Rd.
512/912-6628
www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com

Best Established Restaurant

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar
512/916-4808
www.uchiaustin.com

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Photo by Jana Birchum

Best Family Restaurant

Because there is always someone in your family who fucking loves Elvis. – Chelsea Fullwood

Multiple locations
www.chuys.com

Best Fine Dining

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar
512/916-4808
www.uchiaustin.com

John Anderson

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Best Food Truck

🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 – Meghan Curley

Multiple locations
www.eastsideking.com

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

There are few places that make you feel like Austin more than Amy's, whether it's in the airport or anywhere around town. – Drew Ingram

Multiple locations
www.amysicecreams.com

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Best Late-Night Dining

Again, Jesus had Kerbey Lane at the Last Supper. What many don't know is that he also had it for the Last Breakfast. Fact. – Robbie Phillips

Multiple locations
www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best New Restaurant

Interesting menu and great cocktails. The staff is super friendly and the concept is warm and inviting. Irene must be a pretty awesome lady. – Carlos Pasculado

506 West Ave.
512/298-0853
www.irenesaustin.com

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Best Noodles/Ramen

I've had some pretty heated arguments with close friends about this, and I feel firmly that other ramen shops in Austin can't touch Tatsu-Ya. Their broths are the most hearty and flavorful, and that's what makes it my go-to. – Ashley Gallagher

8557 Research #126
512/893-5561
1234 S. Lamar
512/893-5561
www.ramen-tatsuya.com

Best Pastry Chef

She has made the dessert something that makes you want it to be your birthday when you go! – Claire Frisby

Launderette
2115 Holly
512/382-1599
www.launderetteaustin.com

Todd V. Wolfson

Best Patio

People-watching on the patio at Shady Grove during ACL Fest should be on everyone's bucket list. – Joe Ballato

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

Best Pizza

There's nothing better than sitting at the bar with a PBR and feeling the heat from those ovens. – Joe Ballato

1415 S. Congress
512/444-7437
www.homeslicepizza.com

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John Anderson

Best Service

If I could afford it, I'd eat there every day. For now, once a year will have to cut it. – Karen Phillips

801 S. Lamar
512/916-4808
www.uchiaustin.com

Best Tex-Mex/Taqueria

Because there is always someone in your family who fucking loves Elvis. – Chelsea Fullwood

Multiple locations
www.chuys.com

Photo by John Anderson

Best Vegan/Vegetarian

The only thing that would make this place better is if they served the Renedict at all times, always. I could drink the chipotle pecan pesto. – Antonia Gales

1900 S. First
512/416-1601
www.bouldincreek.com

 
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