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Dec 1, 2010 04:28 PM

Vote Now - Top Austin Restaurant/Food from 2010 - Voting open until Dec. 15th.

Borrowing a thread from the Los Angeles board where they've been doing a year- end vote for the past eight years:

Vote for your top Austin restaurant and/or food experiences from this past year.

Two categories - vote for 5 in each category: Under $25 per person and Over $25 per person (food only not including drinks).

I'll get things started so here you go;

Under $25

Franklin's BBQ
Blue Dahlia
Odd Duck Farm to Trailer
Home Slice

Over $25


Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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  1. Under $25 for me is a toss between Odd Duck and Franklin's...birds of a different feather, but both excellent. I'd also put in a strong second for Simplicity.

    I'd put Lambert's in the over $25 for the Sunday brunch. Uchiko would be my big vote though for the over $25.

    Oh, and if there's and under $10, Red's Porch.

    1. parkside is my cousin's son's place. he's the chef/owner so even if i'd been there, i wouldn't vote. i am curious how it is thought of.

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      1. re: davmar77

        Best mac-n-cheese ever...just wish they weren't downtown. That's the only thing that stops us from going.

        1. re: amysuehere

          Amysuehere, just bite the bullet and factor the valet ($6, I think) into your trip cost. It wasn't until I did this that I got right with my Parkside visit anxiety.

          I'm going there tonight, so my fingers are crossed for yet another great experience.

          1. re: tom in austin

            You know I would. Once my husband gets it in his head that something's a pain, it's hard to convince him otherwise. Maybe I can convince him to give downtown another chance...I hope so.

      2. I'm just going to vote for my faves.

        Over 25 - Parkside

        Under 25 - Foreign & Domestic

        Special mention for best food experience that's not a restaurant - Antonelli's Cheese Shop

        1. Under $25, it's a tie for me between Odd Duck and Franklin's. Over $25, a tie between Parkside and Uchiko. I completely agree about the special mention for Antonelli's. That place is divine!

          1. Under $25
            - Osaka Mansun (if nothing else, go for the escolar and jalapeno sashimi appetizer. Game changer)

            Over $25
            - Uchiko

            I'll throw La Sombra into the mix. I don't know exactly which of the two categories it would fit into, since you pretty much have to get a couple of their great cocktails. Went there last night and had an excellent empanada trio and a ceviche trio. Wonderfully prepared.

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            1. re: jwynne2000

              jwynne, i used to go to osaka mansun a few years ago and stopped because i found some place else w/ great deals nearby.
              i went again two weeks ago, and they have really updated their menu with some great items.
              their happy hour prices are great, too.

              1. re: jwynne2000

                We went for lunch based on your above comment, and had some very interesting and fresh rolls... but it was NOT under $25 (we ordered three rolls and some tea).

                I would have to say, Mikado is as good, closer to my house and about the same price range, but I could see returning if it were the closer location.l

                1. re: amysuehere

                  oh bummer. maybe it is only certain dishes during specific times?
                  i used to get a good $8 sushi bento from them but haven't had lunch there in at least 2 years.

                  the other night i went for happy hour and got a crapload of discounted nigiri and rolls for $20.

                  if you don't mind driving a little further, momiji has some great lunch and dinner sushi deals.
                  you can get 3 (select) rolls and miso for something like $11 at lunch.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    Other than the great value, how would you compare Momiji rolls to Mikado?

                    1. re: Rene

                      mikado is a self-professed northern japanese style place (or at least some of their dishes take on this focus).
                      their rolls are a little more traditional or less americanized if you will.
                      plus it's a little more upscale with higher price-points.

                      momiji and osaka mansun have a lot of tempura/fruit/mayo/sauce type fusion rolls in addition to the more traditional offerings.
                      osaka mansun even moreso, as they have a book of rolls. it's huge.

                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                        That's a great response, thanks!