Best of 2012: Bang-for-Your-Buck Bar
Best of 2012: College Bar
Best of 2012: Neighborhood Bar: Central
Here's something that you might not have known about this popular downtown bar: The staff is a little bit clairvoyant. "Usually we can predict what people are going to order," says Mary Muckinhaupt, the nighttime manager. "A table will walk in, and we'll be like, 'Oh, that'll be two fish-and-chips.' We're really good at reading people." And, she says, it's true even if those people include suits, working-class locals and college kids: "We tailor to a broad clientele base, and we make everyone feel welcome." And this skill shows; Tony's has won the Best Bang-for-Your-Buck category every year since 2005, and the other categories every year we've offered them. "We have the best drink specials downtown," says Muckinhaupt. "We've been keeping downtown weird since '99, and it's been a good time." — Chet Hardin
Best Of 2011: Wait Staff
On an average weekend, one Texas Roadhouse store serves up around 2,000 steaks. Each one is cut and prepared in-house, then seared to lock in flavor before it's roasted on an open flame, says kitchen manager Jeff Hill. Almost everything is made from scratch, including that yummy cinnamon butter served with those delicious rolls. (They make more than 14,000 rolls in a weekend.) For those rare times you're not in the mood for beef, you can choose from loads of chicken dishes, mouth-watering ribs and even some seafood. For kicks, Texas Roadhouse throws in friendly service, $2.50 margarita Wednesdays and a floor you can cover in peanut shells.