Food & Drink
2017 Readers Poll
2017 Critics Picks

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Best New Restaurant

“Every bowl is like a warm hug from your mama telling you life is going to go your way.” Kelsie Laing

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
2713 E. Second
512/893-5561
www.kemuri-tatsuya.com

Best Established Restaurant

“I would sacrifice my right arm for their vegan cornbread and butter … and I’m right-handed.” Taylor Nutterfield

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

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Best Chef

“He’s Austin’s chef.” Sarah Duffy

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

Best Pastry Chef

“I cried when I ate the white chocolate semifreddo special. Actual tears.” Carrie Fussell

Laura Sawicki
Launderette
2115 Holly
www.launderetteaustin.com

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

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Best Late-Night Dining

“The servers are outstanding, wait times are tolerable, and the food is on point whether you need a late-night wind-down or early morning wind-up spot.” Elizabeth Hardy

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best Patio

“Like three generations in my family have chosen Spider House as the favorite place to get coffee and sit around like a lazy bum.” Courtland Jones

Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe
2908 Fruth
512/480-9562
www.spiderhouse.com

photo by John Leach

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Best Brewery

“Beautiful space, amazing owners, and killer beer!” Jenn Hatch

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

Best Distiller

“The grapefruit vodka is the single most defining summer drink for this town.” Michelle Ross

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery and Tasting Room
2250 Highway 290 E.
Dripping Springs
512/994-3534
www.deepeddyvodka.com

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Best Food Truck

“As much as it pains this ex-Chicagoan to say it, Via 313 is the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Anywhere.” Hank Legan

Via 313
1111 E. Sixth, 512/939-1927
61 Rainey, 512/609-9405
6705 Hwy. 290 #503, 512/584-8084
3016 Guadalupe #100, 512/358-6193
via313.com

Best Coffee Shop

“Bluegrass? Beer? Coffee? Trailer food? Yes, please.” Andrew Barlow

Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd.
512/394-7844
www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com

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Best Tex-Mex/Taqueria

“Two words. Queso bar.” Amy Gunkler

Chuy's
1728 Barton Springs Rd., 512/474-4452
10520 N. Lamar, 512/836-3218
11680 Research, 512/342-0011
Chuy's Round Rock, 2320 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/255-2211
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-2489
www.chuys.com

Best Pizza

“My family and I have been going to Home Slice for 10 years now and we fall more in love with it each time. From the atmosphere to the waitstaff to the most epic pizza on the planet, Home Slice wins the gold every single time.” Ruby Ruiz

Home Slice Pizza
1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437
More Home Slice, 1421 S. Congress, 512/444-7437
www.homeslicepizza.com

photo by Robyn Eden

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Best Burger

“Best burger in the world. There’s a reason people wait in line for this food.” Marty Hand

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 S. Congress, 512/243-7505
2438-A W. Anderson, 512/467-2337
4615 N. Lamar Blvd. #307, 512/335-2337
2600 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512/310-2337
www.hopdoddy.com

Best Vegan/Vegetarian

“Without a doubt, best in category – but better than that, just a great restaurant, no categorization or qualifiers needed.” James Markham

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

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Desserts

“My mother was angry when I said Sugar Mama’s was my favorite mama. Then she tried the cupcakes.” Cale Cormier

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop South, 1905-A S. First, 512/448-3727
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop East, 2406-B Manor Rd., 512/220-7296
www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com

Best Fine Dining

“Fine dining plus a great, affordable happy hour for us poor folks.” Courtney Mlinar

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

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Breakfast

“Two-dollar mimosas and vegan scramble with pancakes and corn tortillas, and maybe chocolate cake too! All plants!” Kaitlin Livingston

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
www.kerbeylanecafe.com

Best Artisan Food Maker

“There are two kinds of people in this world: those who eat their salted whipped butter with a spoon, and liars.” Madeline Fening

Easy Tiger
709 E. Sixth
512/614-4972
www.easytigeraustin.com

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Best Service

“Truly the gold standard for warm, welcoming hospitality in Austin.” Skyler Ring

Odd Duck
1201 S. Lamar
512/433-6521
www.oddduckaustin.com

Best Cheap Date

“I get laid 100% of the time when I take guys on dates here.” Matt Holder

Torchy's Tacos
2801 Guadalupe, 512/494-8226
2809 S. First, 512/444-0300
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/514-0767
4211 Spicewood Springs, 512/291-7277
1468 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 512/337-0997
5119 Burnet Rd., 512/382-0823
3005 S. Lamar, 512/614-1832
11521 FM 620 N., 512/381-8226
1801 E. 51st, 512/322-2411
301 N. Guadalupe, San Marcos, 512/757-8888
2150 E. Palm Valley, Round Rock, 512/381-0173
1311 S. First, 512/366-0537
1822 S. Congress
www.torchystacos.com

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photo by John Anderson

Best Barbecue

“In our house, we call a trip to Franklin ‘tailgating for meat.’” Lauren Cunningham

Franklin Barbecue
900 E. 11th
512/653-1187
www.franklinbarbecue.com

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

“Thanks for keeping us weird and cool!” Angelica Evans

Amy's Ice Creams
1012 W. Sixth, 512/480-0673
3500 Guadalupe, 512/458-6895
2805 Bee Caves Rd. #416, 512/328-2697
10000 Research #140, 512/345-1006
ABIA: Amy's Ice Creams, 3600 Presidential #20, 512/530-2918
1301 S. Congress, 512/440-7488
4477 S. Lamar #790, 512/891-0573
13265 Hwy. 183 N., 512/918-2697
3100 S. Congress Ste. 3-A, 512/851-2697
5624 Burnet, 512/538-2697
9600 S. I-35 Ste. 400-C, 512/282-2697
13420 Galleria Cir. Ste. 140-A, 512/263-2903
2901 S. Lamar, 512/447-2697
www.amysicecreams.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Noodles/Ramen

“My child was conceived after ramen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya, then sustained on tonkotsu for nine months. Now he is 4 and won’t eat his ramen at any other establishment. He loves his tsukemen!” Sara Quirk

Ramen Tatsu-Ya
8557 Research #126
1234 S. Lamar
www.ramen-tatsuya.com

Best Drive-Through

“Quick, simple, delicious.” Ash Hall

P. Terry's Burger Stand
404 S. Lamar, 512/473-2217
3303 N. Lamar, 512/371-9975
4228 W. William Cannon, 512/358-0380
515 Congress #130, 512/473-8722
8515 Burnet Rd., 512/420-9242
3311 RR 620 S., 512/263-9433
204 W. Ben White, 512/462-4998
12301 N. Mopac, 512/719-4810
12018 Research, 512/257-0990
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., Building H, 512/306-0779
www.pterrys.com

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