The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Introduction By Virginia B. Wood, Fri., May 24, 2002
The Chronicle Food staff -- Rebecca Chastenet de Géry, Mick Vann, Rachel Feit, Barbara Chisholm, Wes Marshall, MM Pack, and I -- recently held our annual Critics Picks meeting over coffee and beignets at Crescent City Beignets, and we took note of another emerging local trend. We've been thrilled by the proliferation of small ethnic restaurants around the city in the past two years but are rather frustrated that we've got only one slot, titled "Other Ethnic," in which to recognize them all. For instance, there is now one African cafe, World Beat, on the southern edge of the UT campus, and a good Brazilian eatery, SamPaio, just to the north. There's Taiwanese at Coco's, Moroccan/Lebanese at Marakesh, Cuban at Habana, Persian at Alborz, and Salvadoran at Elsi's and Dona Emilia's. We realized -- too late for the ballot, unfortunately -- that there are once again enough Middle Eastern and Cajun/Creole restaurants around town to justify their own voting categories. The point of all this ethnic discourse is to make sure you understand that while this poll is pretty comprehensive, some of the best little treasures we know of around town aren't necessarily listed below. We encourage those of you with adventurous palates to seek them out.
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