2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards
Arro is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

1. Arro

601 W 6th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante francés · Downtown Austin · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This popular French bistro from ELM Restaurant Group has great bones but the execution can veer from sublime to ragged. Don’t skip the bread service with flavored, whipped butters: It’s perfection. Leer más.

FoodHeads is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

2. FoodHeads

9.2
616 W 34th St (btwn Guadalupe St. & King St.), Austin, TX
Local de sándwiches · West University · 59 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Everything’s homemade and very tasty at this quirky sandwich shop nestled in an historic house. We especially like the apple pork on ciabatta and the addictive blackberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Royers Pie Haven is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

3. Royers Pie Haven

2900 Guadalupe St Ste B, Austin, TX
Tienda de pasteles · West University · 8 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Pies both sweet and savory are the main attraction here. The traditional strawberry rhubarb and buttermilk shine, but the junkberry and sweet & salty chocolate elevate the whole operation. Leer más.

The Carillon is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

4. The Carillon

7.7
1900 University Ave (Martin Luther King Blvd.), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · University of Texas-Austin · 23 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This cavernous campus-area space is a little fancy-pants for the average student, but quite reasonable for high-class delicious fare of this caliber and innovation. Leer más.

Fricano's Deli & Catering is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

5. Fricano's Deli & Catering

9.2
2405 Nueces St (24th Street), Austin, TX
Local de sándwiches · West University · 43 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The evidence: High-quality meats. Big portions. Freshly baked breads. Fair prices. A healthy dose of sass from the staff. The verdict: Among the best sandwiches in town. Leer más.

Hopfields is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

6. Hopfields

9.1
3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
Gastropub · North University · 52 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Think French comfort food in a cozy space. Crazy-good craft brews paired with creative sandwiches, intelligent noshes, and a burger and frites twofer worth the trip alone. Leer más.

Madam Mam's is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

7. Madam Mam's

7.7
510 W 26th St (at 25th), Austin, TX
Restaurante tailandés · West University · 65 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Thai food fanboys love the joint for its authenticity, its spice level, and the value-to-price ratio. Ditch the pad thai and explore more of the menu, which explores all corners of the nation.

The Mighty Cone is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

8. The Mighty Cone

7.9
2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · Downtown Austin · 12 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Enjoy a shake while waiting for chicken, shrimp, venison, or avocado slices battered in nuts, seeds, cornflakes, & seasonings, then deep-fried and served in a tortilla cone with slaw and smoky salsa. Leer más.

Ruby's BBQ is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

9. Ruby's BBQ

6.9
512 W 29th St (at Guadalupe), Austin, TX
Parrilla · North University · 54 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Award-winning barbecue served in a down-home setting, with an outstanding assortment of vegetarian options and side dishes. All meats are available as sandwiches, by the plate, or by the pound.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

10. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

9.3
79 & 81 Rainey St (btwn Davis & River St.), Austin, TX
Bar al aire libre · Downtown Austin · 247 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Banger’s laid-back biergarten aesthetic is a great break from the übercool ethos of Rainey St. Wash down the delish housemade sausages with 100+ taps of craft brew. Stellar vegetarian options, too. Leer más.

Texas French Bread is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

11. Texas French Bread

8.8
2900 Rio Grande St (at 29th St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · West University · 30 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: What started as a supper club has grown into a full-fledged bistro with limited menus that change frequently. Solid farm-to-table, Cali-Med fare, and ideal for the neighborhood. Leer más.

Austin Land & Cattle is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

12. Austin Land & Cattle

8.3
1205 N Lamar Blvd (12th St.), Austin, TX
Steakhouse · Downtown Austin · 41 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The independently owned Austin Land & Cattle serves steaks that are succulent, tender, and cooked as-ordered, and you get three sides with your entrée. One downside: Parking can be a real bitch.

The Backspace is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

13. The Backspace

8.8
507 San Jacinto Blvd (btwn 5th & 6th St.), Austin, TX
Pizzería · Downtown Austin · 67 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This cozy spot shares space with a 2,700-pound Neapolitan brick oven firing rustic, insanely good pizza. For antipasti, we flip for the roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and Pecorino Romano. Leer más.

Bonneville is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

14. Bonneville

7.6
202 Cesar Chavez (Colorado), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Downtown Austin · 26 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: We love the Bonneville at all hours, but most especially at brunch: Think Pop-Over Eggs Benny, bananas Foster french toast, and chipotle-lime chicken hash. Leer más.

Casino El Camino is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

15. Casino El Camino

8.4
517 E 6th St (bt Red River & Neches Sts), Austin, TX
Antro · Downtown Austin · 220 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Killer jukebox. Pool tables. Huge, juicy burgers. Psychotronic movies. Lounging with a post-apocalyptic flair. Casino keeps the best parts of dark and surly pub life alive and well.

Congress is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

16. Congress

7.6
200 Congress Ave (at 2nd St), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Downtown Austin · 21 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Chef David Bull didn't bring foie gras to Austin but he surely helped evangelize it. Few other chefs use such precious ingredients so confidently. The cool kids always make it seem effortless. Leer más.

Second Bar + Kitchen is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

17. Second Bar + Kitchen

8.7
200 Congress Ave (2nd Street), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Downtown Austin · 196 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A Mediterranean tree-house atmosphere, bold flavors, and iconoclastic taste combinations make for a cosmopolitan take on traditional bar fare. The pizza bianco is inspired. Leer más.

Easy Tiger is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

18. Easy Tiger

9.4
709 E 6th St, Austin, TX
Bar · Downtown Austin · 291 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Time to carb up, y’all: The street-level bakeshop serves up top-of-the-line breads and pastries; mosey on to the downstairs beer garden and you’ll find mouth-watering cured meats and excellent brews. Leer más.

El Naranjo is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

19. El Naranjo

8.6
85 Rainey St, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Downtown Austin · 48 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Chef Iliana de la Vega operated a world-famous restaurant in Oaxaca. Lucky for us, she made the move to Austin, where her classically modern restaurant and traditional Mexican cuisine are a huge hit.

G'Raj Mahal Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

20. G'Raj Mahal Cafe

8.8
73 Rainey St (at Holly St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante indio · Downtown Austin · 118 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Our favorite dishes here are the dahl makhani (lentils in a creamy sauce) and Malabar (lamb, coconut, onion). The level of spiciness here depends on who's in the kitchen, so it's a good idea to ask.

La Condesa is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

21. La Condesa

9.0
400 W 2nd St (Guadalupe St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Downtown Austin · 263 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Perennial fave La Condesa reflects the culinary trends of Mexico City's hip neighborhood Colonia Condesa. Feeling adventurous? Try the chapulines – a Oaxacan specialty of tiny fried grasshoppers. Leer más.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

22. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

9.3
303 Red River St (at E 3rd St), Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Downtown Austin · 356 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The beautiful limestone building on the National Register of Historic Places offers Deep South charm, with water served in mason jars, corn muffins, and broiled rainbow trout with cornbread stuffing.

Parkside is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

23. Parkside

8.8
301 E 6th St (at San Jacinto Blvd), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Downtown Austin · 151 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: It's worth navigating the Sixth St. circus for this divine bistro. Best as a late-night haven or at happy hour, when the half-price bar menu gets you steak frites & a killer martini for under $20. Leer más.

Russian House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

24. Russian House

8.5
307 E 5th St (5th between Trinity & San Jacinto), Austin, TX
Restaurante ruso · Downtown Austin · 42 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: There’s something conspicuously ironic about the vibe – nightclub in front, little-old-lady-quaint in back – but the diverse menu has some sincere standouts, like the Ukrainian borscht and Uzbek plov. Leer más.

Swift's Attic is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

25. Swift's Attic

8.7
315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Downtown Austin · 92 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Playful cuisine, delectable desserts, appropriate libations, and excellent service. The atmosphere can get boisterous, but a night at Swift's promises both a memorable meal and a super fun time. Leer más.

Contigo Austin is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

26. Contigo Austin

9.0
2027 Anchor Ln (btwn Manor Rd and Manorwood Rd), Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · MLK · 99 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The menu’s great for snacking and sharing, and unless your party’s big enough to fill a picnic table, you’ll get to know your neighbor, too. It’s that kind of place, and we really love this place. Leer más.

Eastside Pies is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

27. Eastside Pies

8.5
1401 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX
Pizzería · Central East Austin · 31 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A fine selection of thin-crust pies for pickup or delivery. Go for the anchovies, black olives, & feta or the Wild Blue with salmon, capers, red onions, & goat cheese. The garlic knots are great.

Eastside Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

28. Eastside Cafe

8.5
2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Upper Boggy Creek · 67 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: An Austin champion for organic produce, this Manor Road beauty serves an exquisite bounty of freshness, with dishes ranging from artichoke manicotti to beef and goat cheese enchiladas.

Elaine's Pork & Pie is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

29. Elaine's Pork & Pie

7.8
2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
Café · Upper Boggy Creek · 19 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This tiny snuggery seems like it jumped out of a postage stamp. Entrées include pulled pork and a terrific lentil soup, while bourbon buttermilk pie and ancho chocolate brownies are standout desserts. Leer más.

Franklin Barbecue is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

30. Franklin Barbecue

9.3
900 E 11th St (at Branch St), Austin, TX
Parrilla · Central East Austin · 334 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Franklin's world-famous brisket. It has a smoky and spicy bark, a deep smoke ring, and is exceedingly moist and tender. Perfection. Leer más.

Hillside Farmacy is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

31. Hillside Farmacy

8.6
1209 E 11th St (Rosewood), Austin, TX
Restaurante · Central East Austin · 83 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The atmosphere – we're tempted to say "art direction" – is superb, and the food's splendid, too. Meats and produce genuinely are farm fresh, often picked in the morning at neighboring urban farms. Leer más.

Micklethwait Craft Meats is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

32. Micklethwait Craft Meats

9.3
1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · Central East Austin · 79 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This vintage 1960 Comet trailer serves all kinds of meat, from duck sausage to smoked brisket, and they’re all flat-out delicious. Micklethwait Craft Meats belongs up with the elite of Austin BBQ. Leer más.

Sagra is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

33. Sagra

1050 E 11th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Central East Austin · 13 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Sagra puts an emphasis on fresh, regional Italian cuisine. Great selection of pizzas (we heart the Sagra with egg and truffle oil) and a good deal on all-you-can-eat-mussels night on Tuesdays.

Salty Sow is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

34. Salty Sow

9.3
1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Upper Boggy Creek · 143 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Barn chic, with a pleasant atmosphere, nice for a special evening out with friends. The gems on the menu dwell in the vegetables category: Brussels sprouts, fried smashed potatoes, and glazed turnips. Leer más.

Three Little Pigs is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

35. Three Little Pigs

9.0
1209 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · Brentwood · 10 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Chef Ray Tatum's porkalicious sliders and crackling meatloaf are sublime, as is his Asian fried chicken. Get a pairing suggestion from neighboring East End Wines and enjoy dining on the lovely patio.

Bufalina is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

36. Bufalina

9.3
1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
Pizzería · 51 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This elegant Neapolitan-style pizzeria is always packed, but worth the wait. If you’re lucky enough to dine on a night when the mushroom pie makes an appearance, you’d be a damn fool not to order it. Leer más.

East Side Showroom is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

37. East Side Showroom

1100 E 6th St (at Medina St.), Austin, TX
Bar de cócteles · 130 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Think Parisian bistro, burlesque cabaret, and steampunk film set, with upscale food and bar menus based on seasonal, local ingredients. Execution can be spotty, but the ambience is always spot-on.

El Sunzal is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

38. El Sunzal

7.3
642 Calles St (7th St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante de América del Sur · 10 tips y reseñas
John Mueller Meat Company is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

39. John Mueller Meat Company

2500 E 6th St (Pedernales Street), Austin, TX
Parrilla · 58 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Unctuous rib meat barely clings to the smoke-stained bone before it melts in your mouth. John Mueller, the Yoda of beef ribs, dispenses fantastic barbecue in a relaxed, comfy trailer set-up. Leer más.

Justine's Brasserie is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

40. Justine's Brasserie

8.9
4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante francés · 97 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This no-frills brasserie perched in a remodeled 1930s bungalow serves authentic Gallic comfort food and (more importantly?) people-gawking until the early-morning hours. Leer más.

Kebabalicious is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

41. Kebabalicious

9.1
1311 E 7th St (at Navasota St), Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · 77 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The first brick & mortar outlet of the popular food truck business is still serving its signature Middle Eastern wraps stuffed with tender, succulent meat or falafel and tangy cucumber tzatziki sauce.

Kerlin BBQ is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

42. Kerlin BBQ

9.2
1700 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
Parrilla · 26 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The Kerlins are newbies, but have made a strong showing right off the bat: They use sweet-smelling pecan wood and crank out pork ribs and sausage to die for.

La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

43. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

1906 E Cesar Chavez St (Chicon), Austin, TX
Parrilla · Central East Austin · 155 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This trailer leaves most brick-and-mortar BBQ joints in the dust. Freshly handmade sausage, moist, meaty brisket, and tender beef ribs make this spot a wait-in-line destination. Leer más.

QUI Restaurant is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

44. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante asiático · 65 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Ever-evolving cuisine from one of Austin's most famous chefs. But despite all that praise, Paul Qui never takes himself too seriously. Check out the pong game on the restaurant's website. Leer más.

Salt & Time is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

45. Salt & Time

8.9
1912 E 7th St (Chicon/7th Street), Austin, TX
Carnicería · 47 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Calling all meat lovers! This charmingly retro artisan shop sells fresh cuts of locally sourced meats, sausages, salumi, and charcuterie, as well as fresh-baked goods and some prepared foods. Leer más.

Takoba is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

46. Takoba

1411 E 7th St (Onion St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Central East Austin · 154 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Superior micheladas, legit Interior Mexican cuisine, a beautiful patio, some of the best carnitas in the city, and killer mezcal and sotol cocktails. Viva Mexico! Leer más.

Tamale House East is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

47. Tamale House East

8.5
1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 34 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The third generation of Tamale House founder Carmen Vasquez runs this Eastside spot, which boasts more seating and a hipper vibe. The migas with cheese is a surefire hangover cure.

The Vegan Yacht is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

48. The Vegan Yacht

1600 E 6th St (Chalmers St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante vegetariano/vegano · Central East Austin · 16 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Smoosh a traditional frito pie into a giant tortilla, grill it, wrap it, and serve with a little cup of Cholula hot sauce. Voilà, you’ve got the Vegan Yacht’s delicious Freeto Burrito.

Via 313 is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

49. Via 313

8.4
1111 E 6th St (at Waller St), Austin, TX
Pizzería · 55 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Detroit natives Zane and Brandon Hunt have thankfully introduced Austin to the wonders of Motor City-style pizza. We are officially addicted. You can't lose with the double-pepperoni "Detroiter."

Yellow Jacket Social Club is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

50. Yellow Jacket Social Club

8.7
1700 E 5th St., Austin, TX
Bar · 58 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Classic cocktails, a short but uncommonly adventurous wine list, and an elevated bar food menu make the casual Yellow Jacket a winner. Snag an outside table and enjoy a pork belly bánh mì in the sun.

Asti Trattoria is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

51. Asti Trattoria

8.7
408 E 43rd St, Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Hancock · 22 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Asti is one of the best midpriced neighborhood cafes in Austin. Food is consistently delightful, whether it is grilled octopus, a thin-crust pizza, or their ever-popular chocolate cannoli.

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

52. Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

9.1
7020 Easy Wind Dr (at W St Johns Av), Austin, TX
Cervecera · Crestview · 155 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Start with shrimp 'n' grits, tofu popcorn, or a choose-your-own tasting plate, then wash down a sandwich with one of the tasty local brews on tap at the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub.

drink.well. is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

53. drink.well.

8.7
207 E 53rd St (at Avenue G), Austin, TX
Bar de cócteles · North Loop · 52 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Small but snazzy, offering a slew of creative craft cocktails and a rotating draft beer selection. Upscale bar food includes sliders al pastor, bourbon beanie weenies, and a Texas Kobe burger. Leer más.

Epicerie is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

54. Epicerie

8.1
2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX
Restaurante francés · Allandale · 37 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Pair the house-made merguez with a seasonal salad, and go ahead and order a bottle of wine; it beats getting back in line for another glass, and the ambience is so nice you're going to want to linger. Leer más.

Fonda San Miguel is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

55. Fonda San Miguel

9.0
2330 W North Loop Blvd (at Hancock Dr.), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Allandale · 71 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Three decades serving Interior Mexican cuisine (cochinita pibil, pescado veracruzano) surrounded by vibrant art and an organic garden makes this fine dining spot one of the loveliest anywhere.

Foreign & Domestic is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

56. Foreign & Domestic

8.4
306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · North Loop · 76 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Reasonably priced and informal but still very fine dining, indeed. Rising star Ned Elliott’s seasonal menu is spare but stunning, with each well-conceived plate coming together in delicious harmony. Leer más.

House Pizzeria is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

57. House Pizzeria

5111 Airport Blvd (at E 52nd St), Austin, TX
Pizzería · North Loop · 54 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This small pizza shop has a dedicated crowd of regulars who can't get enough of the Neapolitan-style pies, cold draft beers, and early-Nineties indie rock jukebox.

Komé is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

58. Komé

9.2
5301 Airport Blvd (at E 53rd St), Austin, TX
Restaurante japonés · North Loop · 104 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The Teishoku lunch specials are one of the best deals going: a bowl of savory clear noodle soup, a farm-fresh salad, soft steamed rice, homemade Japanese pickles, and an entrée all for $8-$12. Leer más.

Little Deli & Pizzeria is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

59. Little Deli & Pizzeria

9.4
7101-A Woodrow Ave (at W St Johns Ave), Austin, TX
Pizzería · Crestview · 75 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Little Deli's popularity was built on great sandwiches. It bakes its own breads daily, which is reflected by the taste; also, all of the meats and cheeses are first-rate. The cheese steak is delish. Leer más.

Lucy's Fried Chicken is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

60. Lucy's Fried Chicken

7.8
5408 Burnet Rd (Houston), Austin, TX
Local de pollo frito · Allandale · 56 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This second spot is bigger and brighter than the SoCo sibling and includes a larger kitchen. The food is the same, which is to say, outstanding. So much fried deliciousness.

Michi Ramen is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

61. Michi Ramen

8.3
6519 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Casa de fideos · Highland · 93 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Ramen is Japanese comfort food, which is precisely what Michi serves, along with all the trimmings. Thrill seekers may go for the spicy Jungle Ramen flavored with lemongrass with crisp bean sprouts. Leer más.

Mother's Cafe & Garden is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

62. Mother's Cafe & Garden

8.7
4215 Duval St, Austin, TX
Restaurante vegetariano/vegano · Hancock · 96 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A welcoming vegetarian refuge since 1979, the meatless menu presents a mix of Southern and Tex-Mex soups, salads, enchiladas, and heartier fare. The cashew tamari salad dressing is rightfully adored.

Pars Deli is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

63. Pars Deli

8.4
8820 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante mediterráneo · North Shoal Creek · 25 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This is refined, amazingly complex, and authentic Persian food that tastes like it came from a favorite grandmother's table. Don't miss the spinach pie and lamb shanks.

Phoenicia is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

64. Phoenicia

8.0
4701 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante de Medio Oriente · Brentwood · 13 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: In addition to homemade pita bread, hummus, gyros, shawarma, cookies, and North African pastries, the store is bursting with grocery goodies from all over the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

Pinthouse Pizza is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

65. Pinthouse Pizza

9.3
4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Pizzería · Brentwood · 121 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The grownups can enjoy a flight of microbrews while the little ones groove on the arcade games. And while it may sound gross, the macaroni-and-cheese pizza is some tasty business. Leer más.

Quality Seafood Market is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

66. Quality Seafood Market

8.9
5621 Airport Blvd (at E Koenig Ln), Austin, TX
Puesto de pescado · North Loop · 65 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Quality has been Austin's signature fishmonger since 1938, and in 2012, it underwent a major expansion. Go for oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Cajun- and Creole-influenced seafood dishes. Leer más.

Russell's Bistro is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

67. Russell's Bistro

8.0
1601 W 38th St, Austin, TX
Panadería · Rosedale · 20 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Weekend brunch is where it's at, with well-prepared varieties of eggs Benedict – hollandaise & smoked salmon, filet medallions & béarnaise – plus excellent crab cakes and crème brulee French toast. Leer más.

SATAY Restaurant is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

68. SATAY Restaurant

3202 W Anderson Ln Ste 205 (Shoal Creek Blvd), Austin, TX
Restaurante tailandés · North Shoal Creek · 27 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Back before Austin's Thai food boom, Satay owner Foo Swasdee was serving it up, delicious and authentic. She's still practicing her art with favorites like duck in red curry and grilled spicy snapper.

The Steeping Room is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

69. The Steeping Room

9.0
4400 N Lamar Blvd (at 45th St), Austin, TX
Salón de té · Rosedale · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: From the sublime teas and sandwiches to the stellar scones, cupcakes, and tortes, we adore this tea shop & bakery. Just as tranquil as the original Domain location, but without the stressful commute. Leer más.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

70. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

8.9
6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Parrilla · Brentwood · 100 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Peppery brisket, crackling ribs, and spicy, coarse-ground sausage in a friendly setting. Go-to place for a casual family meal or to watch the game on a big-screen TV.

Uchiko is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

71. Uchiko

9.5
4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante japonés · Rosedale · 178 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A trip to Uchiko is a treat for the senses, with creative flavor pairings in dishes like rosemary-smoked duck with candied citrus or pork-belly-and-egg sushi. Decor is almost too beautiful to look at. Leer más.

Vino Vino is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

72. Vino Vino

8.6
4119 Guadalupe St (btw 41st and 42nd), Austin, TX
Bar de vinos · Hyde Park · 58 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Whether it's to meet friends for a glass of wine that's neither overpriced nor ho-hum or for a memorable meal with plenty of flavor and zero pretension, this cozy Hyde Park wine bar never disappoints. Leer más.

Asia Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

73. Asia Cafe

9.2
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd (Jollyville and 183), Austin, TX
Restaurante asiático · Northwest Austin · 97 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Ridiculously authentic Sichuan cuisine. Favorites include the spicy fish and chicken in XO sauce, and we love the happy chaos of the perpetually packed dining room. Leer más.

Chinatown North is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

74. Chinatown North

7.6
3407 Greystone Dr (Mopac), Austin, TX
Restaurante chino · 33 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Makes a serious bid at best dim sum in town. The ambiance ain't bad, either – all dark wood and lacquer, with red linen table settings and loads of Chinese decorative accents. Leer más.

New Awlins Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

75. New Awlins Cafe

6.6
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante cajún/creole · Northwest Austin · 12 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This bright, casual place serves satisfying, authentic Louisiana home-style cooking by Famous Cajun Pie Man Aaron Hegger. Get the crawfish pie – tender crust, gently spiced filling. Leer más.

Ramen Tatsu-ya is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

76. Ramen Tatsu-ya

9.3
8557 Research Blvd, #126 (Research & Fairfield), Austin, TX
Restaurante de ramen · North Austin · 187 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Yes, the ramen is authentic and delicious, but it’s the spicy edamame tossed with citrus, fresh jalapeños, shichimi spice, and sea salt we're obsessed with. End your meal with the green tea mochi ice. Leer más.

Siena Ristorante Toscana is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

77. Siena Ristorante Toscana

8.6
6203 N Capital of Texas Hwy (RR 2222), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · 13 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This is a restaurant of hearty roast meats and homemade pastas, where diners can sample savory stews of wild boar and luxuriate in the glow of a crackling fire. Elegant neo-Tuscan comfort-cooking. Leer más.

Soto Japanese Cuisine is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

78. Soto Japanese Cuisine

8.9
11066 Pecan Park Blvd Suite 404, Austin, TX
Restaurante de sushi · 52 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A hybrid of Japanese flavors and Continental techniques, Soto brings elegance and family cooking to the table. Try the magical tiger maki roll or the mango kobe for an unforgettable experience. Leer más.

Taco More is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

79. Taco More

8.5
9400 Parkfield Dr (Rundberg Ln), Austin, TX
Local de tacos · North Austin · 31 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Taquerias are a dime a dozen in this town, but only a handful are truly priceless. Among the treasures here are the carnitas, the cabrito consommé, the pastor, aguas frescas, and the famed salsa bar. Leer más.

Cafe Josie is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

80. Cafe Josie

8.5
1200 W 6th St Ste B (Blanco St), Austin, TX
Restaurante latinoamericano · Old West Austin · 10 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: For a restaurant this good, Cafe Josie is still surprisingly under-the-radar. The cafe uses local, sustainable ingredients to create dishes that are colorful, inventive, and consistently exceptional. Leer más.

Clark's Oyster Bar is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

81. Clark's Oyster Bar

9.4
1200 W 6th St (Blanco), Austin, TX
Marisquería · Old West Austin · 56 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A luxurious menu is matched by an adventurous wine list and an intimate, bistro feel. Don’t skip the house-baked bread: It’s stunningly good, especially when dipped in the Mussels & Clams wine broth. Leer más.

Counter Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

82. Counter Cafe

8.5
626 N Lamar Blvd (btw 6th & 7th), Austin, TX
Cafetería · Old West Austin · 84 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This tiny spot offers excellent crab cakes, quail, and hanger steak alongside more typical diner fare. The Counter Benedict with pastrami and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches are standouts. Leer más.

Fabi + Rosi is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

83. Fabi + Rosi

9.0
509 Hearn St (Lake Austin Blvd), Austin, TX
Restaurante francés · West Austin · 29 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Here diners are treated to European classics such as escargots in garlic butter, moules marinière, steak frites, and paella. Elegant *and* affordable? How very Old World egalitarian. Leer más.

Jeffrey's is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

84. Jeffrey's

9.5
1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Old West Austin · 15 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Exceptionally good food at heart-stopping prices: You could drop 100 bucks for a single – and delicious – dry-aged steak. The must-have made-to-order soufflés take 20 minutes to make, so plan ahead. Leer más.

Josephine House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

85. Josephine House

9.4
1601 Waterston Ave (at W Lynn St), Austin, TX
Panadería · Old West Austin · 27 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Staged with Southern Living nostalgia, Josephine House is the type of place where you can easily dither away the afternoon sipping iced teas and grazing on cool melon salads. Pricey, but worth it. Leer más.

Olive & June is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

86. Olive & June

8.4
3411 Glenview Ave (38th Street), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Rosedale · 35 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Housed in a gorgeous mid-century-modern structure, this is Italian grandmother-inspired cooking with a sophisticated spin. Classic dishes meet seasonal, local ingredients in unexpected ways. Leer más.

24 Diner is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

87. 24 Diner

8.9
600 N Lamar Blvd #G (at W 6th St), Austin, TX
Cafetería · Old West Austin · 319 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Any ATX 'best burger' list has to include this round-the-clock spot, but don’t gloss over the upscale riffs on meatloaf and chicken & waffles. Save room for the roasted banana & brown sugar milkshake. Leer más.

Winflo Osteria is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

88. Winflo Osteria

7.8
1315 W 6th St (Winflo Dr. & Pressler St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Old West Austin · 42 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Classy and chic, this is the perfect place to be a social butterfly while you enjoy refreshing drinks and divine Italian cuisine. The calamari and Pesce con Puttanesca will stop you in your tracks. Leer más.

Wink is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

89. Wink

8.8
1014 N Lamar Blvd (W. 11th), Austin, TX
Bar de vinos · Old West Austin · 37 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Since 2001, Wink has offered casual fine dining in the small salon and adjacent wine bar. As one of Austin's first restaurants to emphasize local sourcing, the eclectic menu changes nightly.

Evangeline Café is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

90. Evangeline Café

9.0
8106 Brodie Ln (Alexandria Dr.), Austin, TX
Restaurante cajún/creole · 70 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Excellent Cajun-Creole fare, with authentic everything – gumbo and jambalaya, boudin and étouffée, gator and redfish. If you ever wanted to fais do-do in South Austin, this is the place.

Hill's Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

91. Hill's Cafe

7.4
4700 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · South Congress · 40 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Open in the same location since 1947, Hill's Cafe is an Austin landmark serving up Texas specialties such as chicken-fried steak, tamales, barbecue, skillet enchiladas, fried chicken, and catfish.

Rosita's Al Pastor is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

92. Rosita's Al Pastor

8.8
1911 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Riverside · 22 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Al pastor pork is a must: glistening red from a dry-chile marinade, citrusy, charred, & tender; on a homemade flour tortilla and doused with an amazing green salsa – a contender for the best in town.

Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

93. Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine

8.3
4514 West Gate Blvd (290), Austin, TX
Restaurante tailandés · Westgate · 97 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Unquestionably authentic and fresh, Sap's is also a bargain for the quality and quantity of the food you get. Consistent and delicious, with an expansive menu – and a haven for gorgeous roses, too.

Satellite...Eat. Drink. Orbit. is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

94. Satellite...Eat. Drink. Orbit.

7.9
5900 W Slaughter Ln #400, Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Escarpment Village · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Midcentury modern bistro meets affordable, mainstream menu. There’s a comfortable patio for enjoying jazz and Western swing and a cozy bar with a TV tuned to sports that is visible but not obtrusive. Leer más.

Tortilleria Rio Grande No. 2 is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

95. Tortilleria Rio Grande No. 2

7.5
500 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · South Congress · 3 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This tiny hole-in-the-wall tortilla factory churns out fresh corn & flour tortillas all day. They also serve simple, delicious Mexican home cooking. Don't leave without one of the splendid salsas. Leer más.

El Chile is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

96. El Chile

1816 S 1st St (W Mary St), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Bouldin Creek · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: El Chile produces some fantastic enchiladas (mole rojo, sí), and their michelada – served in a frosty goblet with a generous rim of a secret salt-and-chile spice mix – just may be the best in town.

El Primo Taco Truck is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

97. El Primo Taco Truck

9.1
2101 S 1st St, Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · Bouldin Creek · 25 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Tacos be damned! Get the al pastor torta: a bolillo roll sliced open, slathered with some mayo and refried beans, then topped with sweet and spicy al pastor pork and veggies. Messy and mucho sabroso.

Vespaio is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

98. Vespaio

8.6
1610 S Congress Ave (W Milton St), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Bouldin Creek · 32 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The comfy bar, great service, and dazzling display of antipasti near the front door lure us in, and the pasta and heirloom tomatoes do the rest. A perennial favorite of our readers.

Enoteca Vespaio is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

99. Enoteca Vespaio

9.0
1610 S Congress Ave (at W Milton St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · Bouldin Creek · 74 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This casual Italian bistro produces handmade artisanal food at its finest. Customers rave about the delicious house-cured meats, the imported cheeses, the marvelous pastries, and great brunch options.

Flying Carpet is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

100. Flying Carpet

8.5
504 W Oltorf St (1st Street), Austin, TX
Restaurante marroquí · Bouldin Creek · 8 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Classic Moroccan street food with quality ingredients like fresh vegetables and chemical/hormone-free eggs & meats. Flavorful beef, chicken, turkey, & vegetables are served on traditional flatbread.

Home Slice Pizza is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

101. Home Slice Pizza

9.5
1415 S Congress Ave (Gibson St. E), Austin, TX
Pizzería · 320 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: From the moment Home Slice opened its doors, it's been packed – and for good reason. Genuine New York-style pizza made in an independent neighborhood pizzeria, by folks who know how it's done. Leer más.

Lenoir is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

102. Lenoir

8.6
1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Bouldin Creek · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: French technique, exotic ingredients, a judicious use of spice and heat, and strong Southeast Asian and Northern African influences on the three-course prix fixe menu distinguish this upscale option. Leer más.

Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

103. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

9.2
1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100, Austin, TX
Marisquería · Bouldin Creek · 162 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Perla's has transformed a land-locked SoCo corner into a beachy cafe. It's hard to beat this place on a sunny afternoon for fresh oysters, grilled octopus, and a Caesar cocktail on the shady patio. Leer más.

Snack Bar is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

104. Snack Bar

1224 S Congress Ave (W. James), Austin, TX
Cafetería · Bouldin Creek · 108 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Add together a great location, super cute interior, a winning "local products, global bites" concept, and airy shaded patio, and you've got yourself a winner. Bring friends and the dog. Leer más.

Sway Thai is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

105. Sway Thai

9.2
1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX
Restaurante tailandés · Bouldin Creek · 148 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The Thai-based menu offers the ideal platform for innovation at this South First hot boîte. The food is divine – and often quite spicy – and we especially love the simple but stunning peanut curry. Leer más.

Thai Fresh is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

106. Thai Fresh

9.0
909 W Mary St (at S 5th), Austin, TX
Restaurante tailandés · Bouldin Creek · 64 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Curries and noodle dishes made with local organic produce and pastured meats and eggs = outstanding Thai home cooking. Boasts a gluten-free bakery case and homemade (vegan & nonvegan) ice cream, too. Leer más.

Whip In Convenience Store & Pub is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

107. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

9.4
1950 S Interstate 35 (at Mariposa Dr), Austin, TX
Tienda de autoservicio · 139 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The very cool Whip In boasts specialty beers, obscure wines, locally packaged gourmet foodstuffs, and a cafe menu that's a bricolage of Indian, African, European, and American flavors. Leer más.

Winebelly is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

108. Winebelly

9.0
519 W Oltorf St (S. 1st), Austin, TX
Restaurante de tapas · 27 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The pour is generous, the wines are commendable, and the service is swift and friendly. Crisp french fries, served in ample cones, come flavored with Parmesan truffle or pimentón and chile pepper. Leer más.

Barlata is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

109. Barlata

8.5
1500 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante de tapas · Zilker · 48 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: An homage to the staple canned seafood, Barlata is a word mashup meaning "tin can bar." The octopus tapas is a tender, delectable version of the popular Spanish dish pulpo a la Gallega. Leer más.

Barley Swine is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

110. Barley Swine

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Zilker · 89 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Small plates, small space: Only 34 seats, so expect a wait. It’s worth it. A farm-to-table ethos and thoughtful flavor combinations distinguish this first brick & mortar from Bryce Gilmore. Leer más.

East Side King is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

111. East Side King

8.9
2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante asiático · Zilker · 42 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: ESK's second brick-and-mortar offers beer and wine on tap and favorite dishes such as Thai Chicken Karaage, Poor Qui's Buns, and beet fries, as well as adventurous tacos, like moshi and octopus.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

112. El Alma Cafe y Cantina

8.9
1025 Barton Springs Rd (at Dawson Rd.), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Bouldin Creek · 89 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Love the folk art-festooned interior, but the rooftop patio with Downtown view can’t be beat. Try the tangy guacamole al chipotle, served with a smoky chipotle crema and crunchy sunflower seeds. Leer más.

El Mesón is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

113. El Mesón

7.6
2038 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Zilker · 29 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: El Mesón boasts a lavish tequila selection and authentic Mexican fare. We adore the amuse-bouches here, like the unexpected tiny bowls of fideo or a little street-style corn on the cob. Leer más.

Henri's is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

114. Henri's

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Local de sándwiches · Zilker · 15 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: To-die-for sandwiches, package wine sales, charcuterie, and an inviting, inspiring cheese case. We heart the Beecher's cheddar with house-roasted turkey and avocado. Leer más.

Luke's Inside Out is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

115. Luke's Inside Out

8.3
1109 S Lamar Blvd (Gibson St W), Austin, TX
Carrito de comida · Zilker · 29 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Ambitious, delicious trailer food from caterer/chef Luke Bibby. Overdo it at next door Gibson Bar? Luke’s cheese fries and the Spicy Szechuan Chicken griddled sammy are gonna make everything alright. Leer más.

Olivia is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

116. Olivia

2043 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Zilker · 62 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Eclectic, upscale, and seasonal fare, an excellent wine list, private tables, and exemplary service flawlessly converge in a gorgeous, Michael Hsu-designed space. Simply one of our city's best. Leer más.

Odd Duck is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

117. Odd Duck

8.9
1201 S Lamar Blvd (Gibson St W), Austin, TX
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Zilker · 94 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This shiny, ultramodern brick-and-mortar matches the adventurous, farm-to-table cuisine. The superlative wine, beer, and cocktail list harmonizes with the whims of Bryce Gilmore's daily changing menu.

Papalote Taco House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

118. Papalote Taco House

8.8
2803 S Lamar Blvd (at Barton Skwy), Austin, TX
Local de tacos · South Lamar · 58 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: You'll lick your fingers clean from the guajolote en mole tacos with big chunks of shredded turkey smothered in a deep-red mole that's a pitch-perfect blend of sweet, savory, and fire. Leer más.

Sazón is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

119. Sazón

7.8
1816 S Lamar Blvd (at Hether St), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Zilker · 47 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Interior and traditional and a South Austin gem. The empanadas de huitlacoche of handmade corn masa are stuffed with corn truffle or "corn smut" to make a real delicacy. Leer más.

Tacodeli is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

120. Tacodeli

9.4
1500B Spyglass Dr (at Barton Skyway), Austin, TX
Local de tacos · Bartons Bluff-Spyglass · 145 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: People get religious about the extra-hot Dona sauce, for good reason: It's just that delicious. Don't overlook the handmade mole, and the brisket Tacoloco may be the best four bucks you ever spent.

Uchi is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

121. Uchi

9.3
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante japonés · Zilker · 203 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: When executive chef and owner Tyson Cole first opened shop in 2003, Uchi instantly became both a sushi and a fine-dining game changer. Quality and craft still out of this world. Reservations a must.

Jack Allen's Kitchen is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

122. Jack Allen's Kitchen

9.3
7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Oak Hill · 153 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Brave the constant crowds and be rewarded with skillfully made, belly-busting, Southwestern-styled comfort food like Chicken-Fried Beef Ribs. Nab a mason jar of amazing pimento cheese on the way out.

Mandola's Italian Market is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

123. Mandola's Italian Market

8.0
12815 Shops Pkwy #400 (at Hwy 71), Bee Cave, TX
Restaurante italiano · The Galleria · 38 tips y reseñas
Schmidt Family Barbecue is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

124. Schmidt Family Barbecue

7.3
12532 FM 2244 Rd, Bee Cave, TX
Parrilla · Hill Country Galleria · 27 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The key word for the meats at Schmidt Family is moist, followed by the word tender. Expect no glazes, just smoke and spice. We dig the sausage's beefy flavor accented with pepper, garlic, and cayenne. Leer más.

Señor Buddy's is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

125. Señor Buddy's

8600 US 290 West (at Circle Dr), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · Oak Hill · 19 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This former convenience store boasts a huge bar, an outdoor amphitheater, and a full menu from the same team behind Curra’s. Carne guisada, Julieta’s mole sauce, and tres leches cake impress most. Leer más.

The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Lakeway is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

126. The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen - Lakeway

8.5
3001 Ranch Road 620 S, Lakeway, TX
Bar de vinos · 24 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Classy wine bar meets inventive cuisine; add lovely hilltop location, and you've got a winner. We did flips for the Asian Crisp Salad and a glass of Crémant de Limoux – a steal of a meal at under $20. Leer más.

The League Kitchen & Tavern is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

127. The League Kitchen & Tavern

8.6
1310 Ranch Road 620 S, Lakeway, TX
Restaurante americano · 26 tips y reseñas
Trento is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

128. Trento

3600 N Capital of Texas Hwy (Westlake Drive), Austin, TX
Restaurante italiano · 17 tips y reseñas
Cuban Sandwich Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

129. Cuban Sandwich Cafe

1804 Briarcliff Blvd, Austin, TX
Restaurante cubano · Windsor Park · 5 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The bakery case here holds a nice selection of crispy treats, but the sandwiches are the main attraction. Start with pan con lechón and work your way up to the massive, awesome El Cubanito burger. Leer más.

Roaring Fork is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

130. Roaring Fork

8.5
701 Congress Ave (at 7th St.), Austin, TX
Steakhouse · Downtown Austin · 84 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Three words: Big Ass Burger. Roaring Fork is actually a lot classier than the name of its signature dish would suggest – think luxe leather couches – but that burger is to die for, y'all.

Sputnik is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

131. Sputnik

1300 E 6th St (Attayak), Austin, TX
Hamburguesería · 18 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: With its quarter-pound 80/20 Angus chuck patty ground in-house and delectable brioche bun, Sputnik should be locked into your East Austin orbit when you crave a well-crafted, high-quality burger. Leer más.

400 Rabbits is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

132. 400 Rabbits

7.0
5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX
Bar · Circle C Ranch · 25 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This may be a bar servicing Drafthouse moviegoers with superior craft cocktails, but the snacky menu interpreting classic Mexican street food is worth its own special trip.

Elizabeth St. Café is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

133. Elizabeth St. Café

9.2
1501 S 1st St (at Elizabeth St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante vietnamita · Bouldin Creek · 161 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Vietnamese cuisine made with grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, local organic produce, and seafood fresh from the Gulf makes us happy, but not as happy as the dreamy drip coffee served iced or hot.

NO VA Kitchen & Bar is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

134. NO VA Kitchen & Bar

87 Rainey St, Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Downtown Austin · 26 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The three menus here (bar, dinner, and brunch) tip the hat to favorite comfort foods – pizza, mac & cheese, tacos, pasta – gussied up to go with the fashion-forward decor and a clever cocktail menu. Leer más.

Searsucker is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

135. Searsucker

8.3
415 Colorado St (5th Street), Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Downtown Austin · 60 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: American classics repackaged with a flirty wink and just enough cleverness to make them seem exotic. Brunch is a bright spot, and the duck fat biscuits and gravy are a Sunday morning revelation. Leer más.

Curra's Grill is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

136. Curra's Grill

8.3
614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 175 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This inexpensive, casual dive boasts some of the best Interior Mexican cuisine around. Superior tamales, salsas, Mexican breakfast, and regional dishes, as well as for an outstanding margarita bar.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

137. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

8.7
2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 47 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Belly up to the lunch counter for migas, tacos, and award-winning menudo, then step up to the pastry counter for piedras, novias, cemitas, and capirotada. The American choices draw raves, too.

Juan in a Million is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

138. Juan in a Million

8.9
2300 E Cesar Chavez St (Mildred St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 220 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: These easy-on-the-wallet, plentiful platters have delivered many Austinites from hangovers and Tex-Mex hankerings since 1980. For $4.50, the "Don Juan" El Taco Grande will challenge you to a duel.

La Fruta Feliz is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

139. La Fruta Feliz

8.2
3124 Manor Rd (Airport), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · MLK · 14 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The barbacoa is top notch, while the picadillo is mind-numbingly good, made from minced – not ground – beef. La Fruta has vaulted into rarified territory as one of the best taquerias in town. Leer más.

Texican Cafe Manchaca is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

140. Texican Cafe Manchaca

8.1
11940 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 38 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This family-friendly joint specializes in El Paso-style variations such as stacked Santa Fe enchiladas smothered in an authentic Chimayo-style red-chile sauce, topped with cheese and fried egg. Yum. Leer más.

A + A Sichuan China is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

141. A + A Sichuan China

6.6
13376 N Highway 183 Ste 100, Austin, TX
Restaurante sichuanés · Northwest Austin · 26 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The dishes are authentic, wonderfully spicy, and super-fresh. The Ma Po Doufu is a lusty temple to the gods of chile and mala: warming on a nippy day, delightfully sweat-inducing on a hot day. Leer más.

Chen's Noodle House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

142. Chen's Noodle House

8.7
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX
Restaurante asiático · Northwest Austin · 21 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: You'll find the unique treat of dao xiao mian, or "knife-cut" noodles, on the minimalist menu, as well as leek and onion pies. The wonton soup is loaded with minced pork and garlic wontons. Leer más.

Daruma Ramen is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

143. Daruma Ramen

7.8
612 B E. 6th Street (Red River), Austin, TX
Casa de fideos · Downtown Austin · 57 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This downtown cozy-but-modern ramen shop offers a tasty twist on an old favorite. We crave the delicious chicken broth with chijire-style noodles and the belly-warming croquettes drizzled with katsu. Leer más.

Bar Congress is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

144. Bar Congress

200 Congress Ave (2nd Street), Austin, TX
Bar de cócteles · Downtown Austin · 21 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Individually crafted cocktails, an ingenious list of Euro-centric wines, and innovative food. In our increasingly sophisticated bar town, Bar Congress tops the list. Yep, we’ll drink to that. Leer más.

The Tigress Pub is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

145. The Tigress Pub

7.9
100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
Bar de cócteles · North Loop · 26 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: A tiny, homey place for friends and neighbors to gather over fresh local pints and inexpensive classic cocktails made up of pre-Prohibition standards. Pam serve a righteous martini. Leer más.

Violet Crown Cinema is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

146. Violet Crown Cinema

9.1
434 W 2nd St (San Antonio St), Austin, TX
Cine independiente · Downtown Austin · 73 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: They had us at 4-hour validated parking. OK, there's also the terrific arthouse and foreign programming, the artisanal cheese plate and full bar, but it bears repeating: 4-hour validated parking! Leer más.

Beets Cafe is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

147. Beets Cafe

1611 W 5th St (W Lynn St), Austin, TX
Restaurante vegetariano/vegano · Old West Austin · 31 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This is about as hardcore as health food gets – everything is made entirely out of raw vegetable matter – but the menu isn't intimidating, and the atmosphere is sunny and cheerful. Leer más.

Bouldin Creek Café is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

148. Bouldin Creek Café

9.4
1900 S 1st St (at W. Mary St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante vegetariano/vegano · Bouldin Creek · 242 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The chill vegan/vegetarian/cyclist-proud vibe isn't the only drawing card here. From a tofu scramble to the Renedict, a reimagined eggs Benedict, the breakfast menu is outstanding. Leer más.

Vegan Nom Truck is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

149. Vegan Nom Truck

8.1
913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
Restaurante vegetariano/vegano · Riverside · 6 tips y reseñas
Wheatsville Co-op is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

150. Wheatsville Co-op

9.2
3101 Guadalupe St (31st St.), Austin, TX
Tienda de comestibles · North University · 69 tips y reseñas
Frank Restaurant is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

151. Frank Restaurant

9.1
407 Colorado St (btw 4th & 5th), Austin, TX
Local de Hot Dogs · Downtown Austin · 394 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: What's not to love about this quirky sausage emporium? Aside from off-the-wall gourmet hot dogs (including vegan), Frank serves incredible coffee, well-made cocktails, and outstanding fried chicken. Leer más.

Chez Nous is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

152. Chez Nous

8.3
510 Neches - Austin TX 78701 (6th St), Austin, TX
Restaurante francés · Downtown Austin · 37 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This charming bistro transplants guests to the heart of France. The prix-fixe menu gets you three courses, with plenty of options in each. Unpretentious and respectful, and most of all, delicious.

FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

153. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar

2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX
Restaurante · West University · 37 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Smart service, a comfy space (love the wraparound patio), and Mixed Mediterranean cuisine prepared authentically, whether it's shanks and paella or tapas with a drink from the intelligent bar list.

Paggi House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

154. Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Dr (at S Lamar Blvd.), Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · Zilker · 43 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The elegant, inviting Paggi House has just about everything going for it. Try Paggi’s take on sweetbreads: Softly roasted with cremini mushrooms, it melts into a creamy sherry vinegar sauce. Leer más.

Ruth's Chris Steak House is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

155. Ruth's Chris Steak House

7.9
107 West 6th Street (at Congress), Austin, TX
Steakhouse · Downtown Austin · 16 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: You'll find this nationally recognized steak house in a historic Austin building. Good steaks and à la carte side dishes are accompanied by stock market quotes for the business crowd.

Eden East at Springdale Farm is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

156. Eden East at Springdale Farm

8.2
755 Springdale Rd (Gonzales St.), Austin, TX
Restaurante americano · 6 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Eden East's dining room is a grouping of communal wooden tables under the stars at Springdale Farm. The combination of literally farm-fresh foods with inspired chefs in a peaceful setting is magical. Leer más.

Torchy's Tacos is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

157. Torchy's Tacos

9.1
2801 Guadalupe St Ste 5B (near 28th St.), Austin, TX
Local de tacos · North University · 130 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: The devilish imp reigns supreme over the Drag's taco scene, with inventive combinations that appeal to the masses and salsas that are like crack to the endorphin-deprived.

VertsKebap is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

158. VertsKebap

7.6
2530 Guadalupe St (Guadalupe & Dean Keeton), Austin, TX
Restaurante mediterráneo · West University · 28 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This homegrown chain offers Austinites a quick, casual, and delicious version of the Döner kebap, a popular German street food. Carbophobes can skip the flatbread and eat it like a salad instead.

Voss Fish & Grill is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

159. Voss Fish & Grill

9717 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Marisquería · North Lamar · 7 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Channa striata, or Snakehead murrel, is a wonderfully sweet freshwater fillet with a medium flaky texture. Place this in a chapatti flatbread, and you have one of the best, fattest fish tacos in town. Leer más.

Chuy's Panadería Bakery is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

160. Chuy's Panadería Bakery

8.2
801 E William Cannon Dr (@ I35), Austin, TX
Restaurante mexicano · 6 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: From the best tortas anywhere, period, to quesadillas and tlacoyos, this is the closest we get here to real street-style antojitos. Superb pan dulce and tres leches cakes will satisfy the sweet tooth. Leer más.

Artisan Bistro is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

161. Artisan Bistro

900 Ranch Road 620 S, Lakeway, TX
Restaurante francés · 13 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: This is a traditional French bistro like you might find in Normandy, offering all the usual suspects like pâté de campagne, cassoulet, and beef bourguignon, plus on-site bakery. Magnifique!

Cazamance is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

162. Cazamance

8.0
1102 E Cesar Chavez St (btwn Walter St and Medina St), Austin, TX
Restaurante africano · South Lamar · 11 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: West African fusion reigns at this darling trailer. We're still dreaming of the Couscous Moroccan, packed with cranberries, parsley, tomato relish, and set on a bed of mixed greens with cucumber.

Melvin's deli comfort is one of 2014 Austin Chronicle First Plates Awards.

163. Melvin's deli comfort

501 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751 (53rd at Duval), Austin, TX
Local de sándwiches · North Loop · 8 tips y reseñas

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle: Ingredients are of the highest quality, quantities are large, service is friendly, prices are very reasonable, and the flavors are outstanding. This is how a sandwich should be made. Leer más.