We’ve Got a Problem: Best of Austin: Restaurant Finalists Announced: Vote Now! – Columns

Remember a few weeks ago when I pushed you to vote in the first round of our Best of Austin: Restaurants poll? The fruits of your labor are here! Your many and varied votes have been counted, and in this issue we feature the finalists – 364 in total in 72 categories as varied as Best New Restaurant, Best Milkshakes, Best Late Night Meals and Best Bathrooms. A good number of places nabbed multiple nominations — warm hats off to Suerte for his top five nominations — but what’s even more exciting is the number of establishments that earned their first-ever Best of Austin rating. Congratulations to all nominees.

Now is the time for readers/eaters to get to work. Vote at vote.austinchronicle.com, where you’ll be eligible for an Austin FC ticket giveaway, or use the ballot on p.32 of this week’s print issue. Save postage by voting in person at our pop-up booth at Cheer Up Charlies’ Hot Summer Nights showcase tonight, August 4; I am told that there will be stopwatch swag and freebies there. Voting in this final round runs from August 4-22, with winners announced in the September 23 issue.

Photo by Jana Birchum

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog or cat, there’s no better time than now, as the city’s shelter is experiencing unprecedented overcrowding. In this week’s cover story, Lina Fisher details the current shelter crisis and the terrible toll it is taking on animals and staff.


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ATX Queer Music Fest: Organizer Genesis Vasquez and performers Thelonious Love and Transy Warhol discuss this first celebration of LGBTQ+ Music Pride Month.

Cap’n Day Trips: Gerald McLeod rounds up ways to soak up the last summer around Texas in August, from cooling off in Marfa to caving in Natural Bridge Caverns.

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She Runs (For Mayor): Local queer workout guru Erica Nix speaks with Qmmunity editor James Scott about her campaign to make Austin’s mayoral race more gay.

RIP Joe W. Bratcher III: The publisher, filmmaker and co-founder of Malvern Books died on July 28.

Where is the Choco Taco going? Lamenting the shutdown of the iconic Klondike treat? Food editor Melanie Haupt recommends Suerte’s version.

AFF Honors Announced: Austin Film Festival will celebrate two influential film and TV personalities in October: producer Dede Gardner, who won the Best Picture Oscar for Moonlight and 12 years of slaveryand Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original UK version of Office.

Last Week in Live Music: Photographer David Brendan Hall rounds up the best shots from this week’s shows including Angel Olsen, A Giant Dog, Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten and Caramelo Haze.

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