The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

Critics Picks


Appetizers

Antipasto case at Vespaio


Barbecue

The country-style pork ribs at Artz Rib House


Hamburger

Casino El Camino; BurgerTex on the Drag


Steak

Austin Land & Cattle Co.


Chicken-Fried Steak

Hoover's Cooking, R.O.'s Outpost


French Fries

Waterloo Ice House on Sixth


Soup

New England Clam Chowder at Whole Foods; Lobster Bisque at Emilia's; Tom Kah Kai at Madam Mam's; Gumbo at Quality Seafood


Salads

Spinach salad at Vespaio; Thai Beef Salad at Madam Mam's; Salade Lyonnaise at Chez Nous; Field Greens with Eggplant Croutons at Asti


Original Recipes

Emilia's, Vespaio


Pub Grub

B.D. Riley's, Mother Egan's Irish Pub


Bagels

Hot Jumbo Bagel


Sushi

Umi Sushi, Origami


Bowl of Pho

Tâm Deli & Cafe


Alternative to a Bowl of Pho

Rice Flour Crepes at Sunflower


Breakfast

Juan in a Million


Migas

Polvo's, Las Manitas


Sandwiches

Oyster Po'Boys at Quality Seafood; Sloppy Joe at NeWorlDeli; Chicken with Parsley Vinaigrette at Jo's; Azul


Honorary Ed Ward Chicken Sandwich Award

Phoenicia Bakery & Deli


Dessert

Lemon Meringue Cup at Wink; pies at R.O.'s Outpost; Chocolate Hazlenut Ganache at Lambert's


Ice Cream

Dolce Vita (best scoop shop); Binasco (best retail pints)


Coffee Shop

Jo's Hot Coffee, Cafe Mundi


Pizza

Reale's Pizza & Cafe, Saccone's Pizza


Enchiladas

Evita's Botanitas, Maudie's Cafe


Vegetable Dish

Hoover's Jalapeño Creamed Spinach


Chicken Dish

Roast Chicken at Lambert's; Chicken-Fried Chicken at Hoover's; Fried Chicken at Top Notch


Wild Game Dish

Sika Deer at Kenichi; Wild Boar at Siena


Bargain Dish

Sandwiches at Ba Le; Salvadoran Sampler at Chumikal's


Veggie Burger

Hyde Park Bar & Grill


Tofu Dish

888 Cafe


Italian

Vespaio, Siena Ristorante Toscana


Chinese

T & S Seafood, Din Ho Chinese BBQ


Thai

Madam Mam's


Other Asian

Bistro 88, Java Grill


American Bistro

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery


Everyday Vegetarian

Madras Pavillion


Upscale Vegetarian

Degustation menu at Aquarelle


Vietnamese

Sunflower Restaurant


French Bistro

Chez Nous


Cajun/Creole

Ms. B's, Robbie's Cajun Kitchen


Haute French

Aquarelle


New Restaurant

Wink


New BBQ Joint

John Mueller's Barbecue


Best Italian Breads

Sweetish Hill Bakery


Best Patio for Kids

Treehouse Italian Grill


Best Patio for the View

Y Bar & Grill


Best Patio With Latin Jazz

Manuel's


Service

Jeffrey's


Décor

Siena Ristorante Toscana, Y Bar & Grill


Romantic

Basil's, The Starlite


Fast Food

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Zen Japanese Food Fast


Takeout

Roast Chicken (and everything else) in the drive-through lane at Central Market South


Best Chef/Owners

Lou Lambert at Lambert's; Marion Gillchrist at La Traviata


Unsung Heroes

Kristie Moore at Asti; Brenton Childs at Vespaio; Eric Polzer at Wink


Beer Poured

B.D. Riley's


Beer Made

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery


Smoker's Restaurant

Girasole


Buffet

Madras Pavilion at lunch


Upscale

Emilia's


Happy Hour Deal

Saba Blue Water Cafe, Manuel's


Comfort Food

Hoover's Cooking, Dot's Place, Marimont Cafeteria, Eaves Bros. Quality Seafood


Waitstaff

Asti Trattoria


Place to Take Kids

Treehouse Italian Grill patio; Central Market patio


Place to Take Parents

Paggi House, Basil's


Restaurant Within 60 Miles

R.O.'s Outpost in Spicewood; Huisache Grill in New Braunfels


Places We Wish Were Still Open

Tocai, 22, Les Amis


Worth Noting

Cafe Mundi, Pango


Up & Coming

Lambert's


Where Critics Will Spend Their Own Money

Vespaio


Where Chefs & Critics Eat When Not Working

T & S Seafood


Best Place for a Critics Meeting Over Coffee & Beignets

Crescent City Beignets


Chile Pepper Dishes

Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Scallops or Soft-Shell Crabs at T & S Seafood; Fish Tacos With Rajas at Polvo's


Chips & Hot Sauce

Evita's Botanitas

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