AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's an Austin favorite: The Chronicle's "Best of Austin" issue hit stands Thursday morning.
It highlights more than 300 categories of the best things to do and see in Austin.
Austin's food-lovers have spoken: Uchiko was voted the best spot for intimate dining, and Kirby Lane took the top spot for Best 24-hour Restaurant. With so many food trailers, it's hard to pick just one! Give East Side King a try; it was voted the best one in town.
Austin has a variety of late-night hot spots as well. East Side Show Room and Peche tied for Best Cocktail Menu. And for all the singers out there, Ego's took the top spot for Best Karaoke Night. Beer drinkers voted 512 Brewing the Best Local Beer.
Needing a few groceries? Wheatsville Co-op was voted the Best Neighborhood Grocery Store for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff.
If you're looking for a safe place to drop the kids off, Wanna Play Playcare was voted the Best Drop-In Center. Dinosaur Park was the top choice for Best Field Trip, if you're looking for some family fun.
And don't forget that Austin is known for its many local artists. Women and Their Work was voted Best Art Gallery, with Moontower taking the top spot for Best Annual Comedy Event. For a great movie experience, head to Alamo Drafthouse, voted Austin's Best Movie Theatre.
For the first time ever, the Chronicle is hosting a public party for Austinites to come out and celebrate the winners. The event is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Emo's on East Riverside. The best part – it's free!
Whether you love or hate the media, Austin is full of it. The Chronicle's Jordan Smith and Richard Whittaker tied for the Best Journalist, and KXAN's very own Jim Spencer took the top spot for Best Weatherperson. KXAN also tied for best local TV news.
Spencer's award is one he continues to claim year after year:
"Since joining the ranks at KXAN in 1990, Austin has had a hero on the sunny side of weather broadcasting. With an impressive 14 "Best of Austin" wins under his belt, Spencer is indisputably Austin's King of Climate. Happy to, ahem, weather Central Texas' unique disposition with us every night to help us plan our days has made him an irreplaceable part of Austin's atmospheric awesomeness."
"Congrats to papa Jim Spencer for being voted Best Weather Guy! But where's my best news dog award?"
KXAN News made the list, tied for "Best Local News," as voted by Chronicle readers, repeating its awards in 2010 and 2011:
"In the age of the 24-hour national news cycle, we sometimes lose track of what is happening in our own backyard. Luckily, Austin's news rivalry serves the community well. Again this year, KXAN and KVUE were in a dead heat. KXAN boasts the dynamic anchor duo of Robert Hadlock and Leslie Rhode and the always provocative investigative reporting of Chris Willis."
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