Food & Drink
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2021 Critics Picks

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Established Restaurant

"Their food speaks for itself, but the way they treat employees (especially when the pandemic exploded the restaurant industry) is really admirable." Celeste Caswell

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

Late-Night Dining

"Obviously, the best queso in town. And who doesn't want queso at 2am?" Kinsey Vallier

www.kerbeylanecafe.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

New Restaurant

"Love it when a food truck is well-loved and supported enough to graduate to a brick & mortar. Go Mo!" Davide Dickson

JewBoy Burgers
5111 Airport
512/291-3358
www.jewboyburgers.com

Chef

"I’ve eaten sushi on all coasts from Manhattan to San Fran, and Uchi is the best." Mike Jones

Tyson Cole
Uchi
801 S. Lamar
www.uchiaustin.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Pastry Chef

"Because it’s just so nice when talent and compassion combine." Tricia Edgel

Crema Bakery & Cafe
9001 Brodie Ste. B-3
512/282-1300
www.cremabakerycafe.com

Restaurant/Beverage Delivery

"Sourdough bread and pretzels straight to my door." Andrea Hilkovitz

Easy Tiger
The Linc, 6406 N. I-35 #1100, 512/494-4151
3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
1501 E. Seventh Street
www.easytigerusa.com

courtesy of P. Terry's

Drive-Through

"If you haven't been saved by some midnight P. Terry's, are you really an Austinite?" Trey Hollingsworth

www.pterrys.com

Patio

"Safest outdoor space we've been to during the pandemic." Kerry Sieff

Easy Tiger
The Linc, 6406 N. I-35 #1100
512/494-4151
www.easytigerusa.com

Easy Tiger
3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
www.easytigerusa.com

Easy Tiger
1501 E. Seventh Street
www.easytigerusa.com

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courtesy of Pinthouse Pizza

Brewery

"Electric Jellyfish is the best beer in Austin." Tristan Smith

Pinthouse Pizza
4729 Burnet Rd., 512/436-9605
4236 S. Lamar, 512/502-5808
2800 Hoppe Trl., Round Rock, 512/717-0869
www.pinthousepizza.com

Winery

"Amazing wine and great staff. Makes you feel at home in their cute space." Jeremy Herrera

www.theaustinwinery.com

photo by John Anderson

courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka

Distillery

"God Bless Deep Eddy and all they did for Austinites and Austin restaurants during the winter storm. Not to mention their sweet tea vodka is ambrosia." Martha Francisco

Deep Eddy Vodka
2250 Hwy. 290 E.
Dripping Springs
512/994-3534
www.deepeddyvodka.com

Food Truck

"Veracruz has the best tacos in Austin. Austin has the best tacos in the world. Therefore, Veracruz has the best tacos in the world." Amanda Lipstein

Veracruz All Natural
4208 Menchaca Rd., 512/629-8238
2711 La Frontera Blvd. #320, Round Rock, 512/388-6595
4209 Airport, 512/665-6431
111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/665-2713
www.veracruzallnatural.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by Jana Birchum

Coffee Shop

"Amazing vibe, great coffee, always a good time." Shaun Barrett

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

Breakfast

"The Queen Beak beats all other breakfasts sandies without trying." Jahcarrdi Grant

Bird Bird Biscuit
2701 Manor Rd.
512/761-4922
www.birdbirdbiscuit.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Weekend Brunch

"Enough calories in one meal to last all weekend." Erin Geisler

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
3010 W. Anderson
512/428-6944
www.jackallenskitchen.com

Jack Allen's Kitchen
3600-D Capital of TX Hwy. N.
512/351-9399
www.jackallenskitchen.com

Jack Allen's Kitchen
7720 Hwy. 71 W.
512/852-8558
www.jackallenskitchen.com

Bakery

"David Norman is a baus." Ken Sepeti

Easy Tiger
The Linc, 6406 N. I-35 #1100
512/494-4151
www.easytigerusa.com

Easy Tiger
3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
www.easytigerusa.com

Easy Tiger
1501 E. Seventh Street
www.easytigerusa.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Fine Dining

"The food is fabulous, the price point is beyond reasonable, the staff is beautiful, and the atmosphere/ambiance is everyyyythingggg." Andrea Dane

Justine's Brasserie
4710 E. Fifth, 512/385-2900
Justine's Secret House, 1303 E. Seventh
www.justines1937.com

Steak

"Perfect little Bavette steak. Never disappoints." Sue Littlefield

Salt & Time Restaurant
1912 E. Seventh
512/524-1383
www.saltandtime.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Vegan/Vegetarian

"I love their chipotle pecan pesto, Tarzen's Big Salad, and vegan brownie with ice cream." Shraddha Iyer

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

Juice/Smoothie

"Consistently good, healthy, and all over town. The Wild Child rules." Greer Kofoed

www.juiceland.com

courtesy of Juiceland

photo by John Anderson

Pizza

"Detroit pizza reigns supreme." El Stearns

Via 313
96 Rainey, 512/609-9405
6705 Hwy. 290 W. #503, 512/584-8084
3016 Guadalupe #100, 512/358-6193
600 W. Sixth, 512/939-1927
1802 E. Sixth, 512/580-0999
via313.com

Burger

"Truly the burger of the people." Russell Taylor

www.pterrys.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Tacos

"The migas tacos are life changing." Amy Holland

Veracruz All Natural
4208 Menchaca Rd., 512/629-8238
2711 La Frontera Blvd. #320, Round Rock, 512/388-6595
4209 Airport, 512/665-6431
111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/665-2713
www.veracruzallnatural.com

Margarita

"I mean that's some good margarita." Merrick Tien

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

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Barbecue

"If I have to tell you why, you haven't had it yet." Celina Martinez

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Menchaca Rd.
512/221-4248
www.valentinastexmexbbq.com

Noodles/Ramen

"I dream about their broth." Nicole Harrison

Ramen Tatsu-ya
8557 Research #126
1234 S. Lamar
1600 E. Sixth
ramen-tatsuya.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Sushi

"Best meal I've ever had." Daniel Scholl

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

Italian

"Best focaccia in town. Their tiramisu is to die for. Sitting outside on the patio is my idea of a perfect date." Sophia Ortiz

Mandola's Italian Kitchen
4700 W. Guadalupe #12, 512/419-9700
12815 Shops Pkwy. #400, Bee Cave, 512/600-8500
4301 W. William Cannon Ste. E-1, 512/524-2222
12100 W. Parmer #200, Cedar Park, 512/879-1450
www.mandolas.com

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by Jana Birchum

Ice Cream/Frozen Treats

"Still so much whimsical personality + so much delicious." Gregory Matthews

www.amysicecream.com

Desserts

"The finest ice cream and such a fun spot to take visitors!" Pamela E Ferguson

www.amysicecream.com

photo by Jana Birchum

John Anderson

Service

"They provide real hospitality which provides a singularly unique experience to each guest. Ate there last night :)" Lily Coleman

Uchiko
4200 N. Lamar
512/916-4808
www.uchikoaustin.com

Cheap Date

"You had me at queso." Linda Henderson

www.chuys.com

photo by David Brendan Hall

courtesy of Antonelli's

Most Innovative Pivot

"The most fun I’ve had virtually throughout the pandemic – so educational and so much fun." Katy Gladhill

Antonelli's Cheese Shop
4220 Duval St., 512/531-9610
Antonelli's Cheese House, 4220 Duval St., 512/531-9610
www.antonellischeese.com

Food and Drink Wild Card

"Because mutual aid rocks!" Lori Scarmado

Nixta Taqueria
2512 E. 12th
512/551-3855
www.nixtataqueria.com

ATX Free Fridge Project
www.instagram.com/atxfreefridge

Courtesy of Kyandra Noble

 
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