photo by John Anderson



We didn’t know it was possible to make eating your greens exciting, but Vinaigrette has raised the (salad) bar. We’re partial to the Cherry Tart salad with lemon-herb chicken; the Beet Goes On, with roasted beet and honey balsamic dressing; and the All Kale Caesar!, which put this casual eatery on the map in three cities. Pair your salad with mushroom stew for a fall twist.

2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791

Finalists: Bouldin Creek Cafe, Café No Sé, Honest Mary’s, Sour Duck Market

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