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First Plates
How we're celebrating First Plates and how you can join us!
DAILY Chron Events  February 5, 2015, by Tamar Price
"...Our First Plates issue is on stands now and it’s kind of important. It means that you can finally stop guessing if that Thai or barbecue spot is worth checking out, and trust the expertise of our writers and new Food Editor Brandon Watson...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Hit the Road & Eat Like a Local
Five cafes a conversation away from Austin
DAILY Food  February 2, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Find out which Austin restaurants made the critics' list of top picks this Thursday when our 2015 First Plates awards issue hits the stands. In the meanwhile, Capt..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: The Midnight Press
Now you can drink the Chronicle
DAILY Food  February 5, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...After writing, editing, proofing, and designing this year's First Plates issue, everyone at the Chronicle needs a drink. Luckily Pam Pritchard at the Tigress has us covered...."

First Plates for Your Last Night
Five award-winning dinners
Food Story  March 21, 2015, by The Food Staff
"...If this is your first time visiting Austin, you'll want your last night in town to be memorable. Earlier in the year, we announced our annual First Plates food awards after months of consideration..."

'First Plates' Food Awards Events
PHOTO GALLERY  February 12, 2015
"...'First Plates' special menu at Contigo on Monday, Feb. 9..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Small You Care to Eat
Chef Danny Palumbo cooks up some mighty tasty satire
DAILY Food  February 3, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We've seen such things in the past, we're looking forward to seeing more in the near future – as rendered by Kelly Hudson, Dan Klein, and Arthur Meyer in FUDS, say – but we're especially glad to see it happening right now, totally unrelated to but concurrent with the Austin Chronicle's First Plates issue...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: The Perfect Pop
Popcorn gets under the fingernails and stays in the blood
DAILY Food  February 11, 2015, by Sara Reihani
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hit stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Mardi Gras 2015: Good Time Rolls
Link to us when the heart's Louisiana-bound, but the rest of you can't be
DAILY Food  February 10, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hit stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Top 10s
Food Story  February 5, 2015, by Brandon Watson and Virginia B. Wood

First Plates Extra Helpings: What’s Cooking in the Entomophagy Scene?
Among other things, would you believe … crickets as a Dai Due special?
DAILY Food  February 4, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hits stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Cocktail Hour at Peached Social House
PHOTO GALLERY  May 10, 2017
"...Austin Chronicle's First Plates planning team (left to right) : Digital Media Coordinator, Tamar Price; Food Editor, Brandon Watson; Marketing Manager, Karena Rogers; Marketing Director, Sarah Wolf..."

First Plates Party at the ABGB
PHOTO GALLERY  May 8, 2017
"...On Sunday, May 7, The Austin Chronicle celebrated our 2017 First Plates issue at The ABGB with beer, music, and delicious food...."

The First Plates Guide to Eating in Bed
No sleep ’til breakfast
Food Story  May 4, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...In the past, pillow-propped picnickers the world over were limited by their own cooking skills or the sad stack of menus in their kitchen junk drawer. But we have the internet now, and independent contractors willing to stop by almost all of the restaurants on our First Plates list, giving you time, as you wait for their arrival, to seek out and stream an appropriate piece of visual media, the eating-in-bed equivalent of a fine wine pairing. Paperboy..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Riding the Snackwave to Indulgentown
Calories, schmalories … that pizza is one bite closer toward equality
DAILY Food  February 9, 2015, by Andrea Kinnison
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hit stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: The Best Chicken-Fried Steak Is the One in Front of You
Connoisseurs may know the truth, but can we talk about it after dinner?
DAILY Food  February 6, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hit stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: My Tex-Mexistential Crisis
It's a New Mexican thing … you wouldn't understand
DAILY Chronolog  February 4, 2015, by Carmen Rising
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hits stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Extra Helpings: The Incredible Edible
Eggs are all they're cracked up to be and then some
DAILY Food  February 3, 2015, by Andrea Kinnison
"...Read more Extra Helpings at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates food issue hits stands Thursday, February 5...."

First Plates Dinner at Alcomar
PHOTO GALLERY  May 9, 2017

Dear Glutton: Navigating First Plates
Where to eat in Austin now
Food Story  May 5, 2016, by Emily Beyda

First Plates
Critics favorites of 2014
Features Story  February 14, 2014

First Plates
Critics favorites of 2013
Features Story  June 14, 2013

First Look: Stella San Jac
Even more Southern hospitality
DAILY Food  August 19, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...The trouble with the stereotype, however, is that in Austin it never quite rang true. A quick look at our First Plates or restaurant poll tells a different story – hotels have been quietly delivering for as long as the Chronicle has been covering food..."

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My First Paycheck Was -$2.95
On being a terrible waiter
DAILY Food  February 19, 2014, by Andy Campbell
"...Read more Extra Helpings stories at The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates Awards & Food Issue hit stands Thursday, February 13...."

First Look: Pizzeria Sorellina
Apis team opens casual sister restaurant
DAILY Food  January 25, 2017, by Brandon Watson
"...Suitably, the atmosphere is much more relaxed. Long community tables and simple spindle chairs provide the seating, the walls are simply adorned with stills from their farm managers Tina and Orion Weldon's property, and paper plates and towels sub for pottery and napkins..."

First Look: Fixe
Addictive Downtown Southern
DAILY Food  February 16, 2015, by Rachel Feit
"...Now open since late December, Fixe is quietly making waves Downtown (including a recent Chronicle First Plates nod). Engstrom Design Group’s artful interior is an apt expression of Fixe’s spirit..."

AFF Honors Chris Carter, Announces First Wave
Outstanding TV Writing Award for 'X-Files' creator
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...SPINNING PLATES World Premiere Writer/Director: Joseph Levy Spinning Plates is a feature documentary film about three restaurants, extraordinary for what they are today as well as the challenges they have overcome. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion… a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community… a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are putting everything they have on the line just to make enough to survive and provide for their young daughter..."

First Look: St. Philip
Newest concept from Uchi/Uchiko team is very inviting
DAILY Food  October 10, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Perusing the menu, we found pizzas, a selection of house meatballs, salads and savory dishes in small, sharable plates, and a list of hearty sandwiches on house breads. Speer makes no claims that the pizzas here are representing any specific genre or geographic area in the US or Italy..."

Taqueria Arandas #5
It's All in the Latitude
Food Story  March 10, 2000, by Mick Vann
"...The burritos are gargantuan, and a mere $2.25. Tostados, two-meat combo plates, enchiladas, and quesadillas round out the other menu choices...."

First Look: Bonhomie
Philip Speer brings a French twist to the American diner
DAILY Food  March 29, 2017, by Thea Newell
"...The menu also features six versions of Speer’s pommes rosti (it’s a shame to compare them to hash browns, but that’s the general idea), with toppings such as bacon, a scrambled egg and Boursin or caviar, crème fraîche and garlic candy. All dishes are served on custom made Bonhomie diner-style plates that are once again reminiscent of the understated design and presentation of a Gallic bistro..."

First Look: Mongers Market + Kitchen
A fishmonger and a chef open a raw bar …
DAILY Food  March 23, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The aromas emanating from chef Stark's small kitchen are fresh, clean, and enticing. The opening menu is small – a few raw selections, five appetizers, a couple each of soups and salads, plus a few sandwiches, sides, plates, and desserts..."

First Look: Sala & Betty
Fine-dining chef brings family fare
DAILY Food  February 25, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Teresa describes her concept for the restaurant as "good food, fast" by which she means locally-sourced, organic produce and humanely-raised proteins simply prepared and served in a "counter plus service" format. She's designed a three-tiered menu system: one for the drive-through, which offers breakfast, sandwiches, and whole family meals for eat-in and drive-through/takeout service; a dine-in lunch menu consisting of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts; and a dinner menu featuring an eclectic lineup of snacks, small plates, entrees, and desserts...."

First Look: Fork & Vine
Fine dining on West Anderson
DAILY Food  January 5, 2015, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Later, we sampled a red snapper crudo: a visually-appealing layering of fresh fish, sweet potato, grilled corn, and thinly sliced radish, sprinkled with cilantro and a crunchy tortilla-chip crumble – all bathed in a leche de tigre citrus crema. Dinner proposes sharable plates such as fried alligator, broiled oysters, and white barbecue pork ribs; entrées like roasted free-range chicken with green chorizo and mole, or Niman Ranch beef tenderloin with pickled sweet potato and hollandaise; and tempting sides of gouda mac and cheese, or goat cheese grits..."

United Plates
Andrew F. Smith at Central Market
Food Story  July 6, 2007, by MM Pack

First Look: Vino Vino
A wine dinner offers a fresh look at the revamped Hyde Park classic
DAILY Food  February 15, 2018, by Jessi Devenyns
"...Although small, the tweaked menu is smart with its small plates focusing on quality ingredients that give you just enough of a mouthful to really brighten up a glass of wine selected from the revamped and extensive wine list. Naturally, hazarding a guess as to the perfect pairing runs the risk of a false choice, but thankfully, you don’t have to select alone..."

First Look: Sophia's
Old school meets new in old Bess Bistro space
DAILY Food  August 31, 2016, by Lauren Jones
"...Executive Chef Mark Sparacino uses simple ingredients and family recipes, but integrates contemporary techniques. The menu features some housemade and imported pastas, plus a few shareable plates divided into "hot" and "cold" categories..."

First Look: Royal Jelly
Global meets glam
DAILY Food  October 16, 2015, by Andrew Thomas
"...On the food side, Royal Jelly focuses on shareable plates. The globally-inspired menu travels from Germany (butternut squash spaetzle with cracklins) to Cuba (a classic take on the Cubano sandwich served with plantains) , circling back on Mexico (goat mole with salsa verde) and Thailand (tom kha mussels)..."

First Look: Patika Wine and Coffee
Raising the bar on South Lamar
DAILY Food  October 20, 2014, by Rachel Feit
"...The shop is serving the same fair-trade and locally roasted Cuvée coffee that has earned them a sterling reputation downtown. They now also offer beer, a small but thoughtfully curated selection of wines, along with cheese and charcuterie plates..."

First Look: Cuvée Coffee Bar
They're not quite there yet, but it's looking real good.
DAILY Food  August 11, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...It sounds, from the way McKim explained the concept in a press briefing on Friday night, like it might just speed or smooth up the traditional caffeinating rigmarole we all go through in a cafe. And of course you'll wind up with your preferred version of a Cuvée-based beverage, and the joint's also going to be featuring pastries from Walton’s Fancy and Staple, and (at least in the evenings) cheese plates from Antonelli’s … so we reckon it's worth checking out this new format in any case...."

Ten Good Bites of Prose
Food and its preparation spans literary genres like a rich thick gravy
DAILY Food  May 5, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Because this year’s First Plates theme is about comfort food – and there’s little more comforting, imho, than devouring a good book before, during, or after a meal – I offer you this series of gustatory snippets from ten works of fiction I’ve recently had the pleasure of:..."

Chronicle Recommends: Films About Chefs
Give your compliments to the chef with these four films
DAILY Screens  May 24, 2017, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...Every month, the Chronicle’s film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. In honor of our annual First Plates awards, handed out earlier this month, we've chosen some of our favorite films about chefs...."

The Nine Best Japanese Restaurants in Austin
We pick our favorite spots for sushi, ramen, hibachi, and more
DAILY Food  May 8, 2018, by The Food Staff
"...We at the Chronicle have compiled a list of Japanese restaurants here in Austin to satisfy your cravings without the pains of international travel. Check out more suggestions from all over the culinary map on our First Plates page...."

The Q&A Hole: What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?
Because everybody needs some gastrointestinal cosseting sometimes
DAILY Food  May 22, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That annual First Plates issue of ours, an excellent guide to the best of what’s available among a burgeoning diversity of local dining venues, worked a theme of Comfort Food a couple of weeks ago...."

Via 313 Expands Pizza Empire
Detroit-style trailer opens first brick-and-mortar
DAILY Food  April 24, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...The brothers have already made a splash in central Austin, racking up kudos like the Chronicle's First Plates awards. Now they are able to spread the gospel to a whole new neighborhood...."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  February 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This week, our usual food section gave way to our annual First Plates food awards. But that doesn't mean that the news stopped..."

Chronicle Recommends: Restaurant Films
Sweet stories and savory drama abound in these flicks
DAILY Screens  May 13, 2016, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...Every month, the Chronicle’s film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. This month, in honor of the Chronicle’s annual First Plates dining awards, we pick our favorite films set in restaurants...."

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Relationship as a Google Doc
Foodie favorites find an OCD home
DAILY Chronolog  February 10, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Read more Extra Helpings stories at as we lead up to the release of our special annual food issue. The Austin Chronicle’s First Plates Awards & Food Issue is on stands Thursday, February 13...."

100 Restaurants: Defining Austin Dining Now
Food Story  February 5, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"..."You'll find out soon enough," I would say. "Just wait until we publish First Plates."..."

Exclusive Interview: Spin Modern Thai
What's really behind Spin's failure, and what's next for its chefs?
DAILY Food  July 29, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...When Spin Modern Thai's managing owners Alphonso Dryer and Kuantan Vo announced that their relatively young restaurant was suddenly closing, it was quite a surprise for the local food community. In the 16 months that Spin had been open, the eatery earned coveted spots on multiple "Best Of" lists, including the Austin Chronicle's First Plates Awards..."

Comfort, Upgraded
Zax Pints & Plates mixes boutique beers and a bistro menu – with predictably mixed results
Food Story  February 27, 2004, by Rachel Feit
"...Zax Pints & Plates312 Barton Springs Rd., 481-0100..."

Choosing Life!
Texas lawmakers debate Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, and Pro-Adoption license plates
DAILY News  May 6, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Lon Burnam, D-Ft. Worth, is asking lawmakers to "equalize" the proposed "Choose Life" license plate law by adding an additional license plate option that reads "Pro-Family, Pro-Choice." The point, says Burnam, is to give "full and equal opportunity of expression" on license plates..."

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