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GQ names Qui country’s most outstanding restaurant

Matthew Odam

GQ’s Alan Richman names Qui the country’s most outstanding restaurant of 2014 in the March issue of the men’s lifestyle magazine.

James Beard Award winner Paul Qui’s eponymous restaurant opened last summer to solid reviews (including an 8.5 from me and a place in my top 10 in the city). Qui’s restaurant defies classification, but the “Top Chef” winner, who can be seen in the kitchen almost every night, has introduced many Austinites to Filipino dishes, including the pork-blood stew dinuguan. And the cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich with homemade cajeta is on my list of best desserts in town.

La Barbecue also made the list at number 13.

Richman’s complete list: Qui (Austin, TX), Trois Mec (Los Angeles, CA), Roe (Portland, OR), Carbone (New York, NY), King + Duke (Atlanta, GA), Husk (Nashville, TN), Gunshow (Atlanta, GA), Orsa & Winston (Los Angeles, CA), Dover (Brooklyn, NY), Nico Osteria (Chicago, IL), Sir and Star at The Olema (Olema, CA) , Bar Sajor (Seattle, WA), La Barbecue (Austin, TX), Alma (Los Angeles, CA), Daikaya

Washington D.C.), Casa Luca (Washington D.C.), Le Penguin (Greenwich, CT), Avance (Philadelphia, PA), The General Muir (Atlanta, GA), Chi Spacca (Los Angeles, CA), Sweedeedee (Portland, OR), Row 34 (Boston, MA), Westward (Seattle, WA), Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (New York, NY), and Pizzeria Vetri (Philadelphia, PA).

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The issue hits newsstands February 25.

Qui, which has a jewel box bar that makes excellent cocktails, as well as a spacious patio, was also named best new bar in Texas this week by Texas Monthly.