The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

Critics Picks


Antipasto case at Vespaio


The country-style pork ribs at Artz Rib House


Casino El Camino; BurgerTex on the Drag


Austin Land & Cattle Co.

Chicken-Fried Steak

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

French Fries

Waterloo Ice House on Sixth


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


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


Hot Jumbo Bagel


Umi Sushi, Origami

Bowl of Pho

Tâm Deli & Cafe

Alternative to a Bowl of Pho

Rice Flour Crepes at Sunflower


Juan in a Million


Polvo's, Las Manitas


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


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


Reale's Pizza & Cafe, Saccone's Pizza


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


Vespaio, Siena Ristorante Toscana


T & S Seafood, Din Ho Chinese BBQ


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


Sunflower Restaurant

French Bistro

Chez Nous


Ms. B's, Robbie's Cajun Kitchen

Haute French


New Restaurant


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





Siena Ristorante Toscana, Y Bar & Grill


Basil's, The Starlite

Fast Food

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Zen Japanese Food Fast


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



Madras Pavilion at lunch



Happy Hour Deal

Saba Blue Water Cafe, Manuel's

Comfort Food

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


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


Where Critics Will Spend Their Own Money


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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