We’ve introduced you to the food and beverage industry’s top talent as part of our inaugural San Antonio Tastemaker Awards. On Tuesday night at the annual Tastemaker party in Austin, emcee and Texas restaurateur Tim Love revealed the top selections from our expert panel of judges to a crowd of over 700 people.
Join us in raising a glass to toast the outstanding food and beverage winners for the 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards:
Restaurant of the Year: Mixtli
Mixtli is a progressive dining concept from Chefs/Co-owners Rico Torres and Diego Galicia. Mixing old-world and new techniques on staple Mesoamerican ingredients, the restaurant offers an educational experience for diners. Nearly everything is made from scratch and the menu changes every 45 days to showcase a different region of Mexico. Located in a boxcar in Olmos Park, Mixtli is for the adventurous San Antonio foodie served with a side of culinary history.
Chef of the Year: Jason Dady, Tre Trattoria and Shuck Shack
Chef Jason Dady has served as executive chef and owner of Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros BBQ Market, The DUK Truck, B&D Ice House, Shuck Shack, and Jason Dady Restaurant Group Catering. His passion for food and hospitality shines through each of his unique culinary concepts. Throughout his career, Dady has racked up a slew of accolades, including a semifinalist nomination for the James Beard Awards and now, CultureMap’s Chef of the Year.
Best New Restaurant: Mezcaleria Mixtli
As voted by readers and fans in a daily competition, Mezcaleria Mixtli came out on top as San Antonio’s choice for Best New Restaurant. Opened one year ago, this offshoot from Mixtli’s Galicia and Torres offers handcrafted mezcal cocktails, Mexican comfort food, and craft beers in a relaxed setting.
And we can’t forget our neighbors to the north. Here are the Austin Tastemaker Award winners for 2016:
- Restaurant of the Year: Dai Due
- Chef of the Year: Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas, Olamaie
- Rising Star Chef of the Year: Nicholas Yanes, Juniper
- Pastry Chef of the Year: Janina O'Leary
- Bar of the Year: The Townsend
- Bartender of the Year: Justin Elliott, The Townsend
- Brewery of the Year: Jester King
- Sommelier of the Year: June Rodil, McGuire Moorman Hospitality
- Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Evangeline Cafe
- Best New Restaurant: Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
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