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What to Order at the Top 10 Restaurants in Austin

Brisket, fried milk, pizza and more top dishes
September 17, 2014
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by Megan Giller

The results of our 2014 Austin Restaurants Survey are officially live! The city's best and brightest are well represented, including our winner — drumroll, please — Uchi! Check out the slide show of the 10 best restaurants in Austin, along with our picks of what to order at each winning spot, from brisket to fried milk to square-shaped pizza. 

1. Uchi  
Refresh at chef Tyson Cole’s hip South Lamar spot with the Hama Chili small plate: baby yellowtail crudo with ponzu sauce, Thai chiles and orange supremes.

2. Little Deli  
Make like Uchi chef Philip Speer and order half an egg sandwich and a pizza like the pepperoni, peppers and mushroom.

3. Franklin Barbecue  
Good things come to those who wait at this East Austin mecca for Texas-style barbecue. Go for the brisket, with some sausage, ribs and espresso barbecue sauce piled on top.

4. Uchiko  
At the Japanese-farmhouse-style dining room, milk defies its liquid state in the fried milk dessert, with fried nuggets of sweet condensed milk cream with toasted milk, ice milk sherbet, gelled chocolate milk and powdered milk.

5. Hudson’s on the Bend  
Give in to the wild game with espresso-chocolate-chile-rubbed smoked elk backstrap topped with jump lump blue crab and lime-chipotle beer blanc sauce.

6. Vespaio Ristorante  
Homemade pasta is only one reason this South Congress institution remains at the top of the list. Try the spaghettini alla carbonara, with pancetta, scallions, Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and a poached egg.

7. Via 313 Pizza (Rainey St. District) and Via 313 Pizza (East Austin)
Detroit-style pizza (think a deep-dish square) is all the rage at this dedicated trailer in Craft Pride’s backyard. The Cadillac pizza, with gorgonzola, fig preserves, shaved prosciutto, shaved Parmesan and a balsamic glaze, wins us every time.

8. Ruth’s Chris Steak House  
Beef is always what’s for dinner at this classic steakhouse. Add some surf to your turf and you’re in business.

9. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana
Three words: brisket, brisket, brisket! The ribs and pulled pork are also worth the wait at this East Austin trailer.

10. Clark's Oyster Bar
The whole roasted branzino and Basque cake with cherry preserves may ruin you for life.

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