Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until someone comes out with a Best of List. That’s the case with Allandale and this year’s Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2007. Here are the area places, people and events that made this year’s list:

Best Cheap Date Place and Best Movie Theatre: Alamo Drafthouse,
Best Dance Lessons:
Go Dance
, 2525 W. Anderson #530,
Best Beer/Wine Selection:
Grape Vine Market,
7938 Great Northern,
Best Dive Bar:
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Rd,
Best Afterschool Activity: KidsActing
, 5811 Burnet Rd,
Best Haircut:
Birds Barbershop,
6800 Burnet, 
Best Restaurant:
Phil’s Icehouse
, 5620 Burnet Rd.,

Best Toys:
Terra Toys
, 2438 W. Anderson,
Best Appliance/TV Repair: Mr. Wizard’s Electronics, 1507 W. North Loop
Best Music Gear: Guitar Center, Northcross Mall,
Best Pet Store: Bark ‘n Purr Pet Center, 4604 Burnet Rd.
Best Food in a Mini-Mall: Sarah’s Mediterranean Grill & Market, 5222 Burnet Rd.
Most Fabulously Affordable Breakfast Burritos: La Cocina de Consuelo, 4516 Burnet Rd.,
Feistiest Neighborhood Rebellion: Arms Around Northcross, Responsible Growth for Northcross
Best New Keeper of the Neighborhood Flame: Home Girls Furnishings, 4634 Burnet Rd.,

You’d think with all of this, Allandale would have been selected best
neighborhood. That distinction however went to Hyde Park. We need to
try a little harder?

Congratulations to this year’s winners. You can read up on all of these fine places on the Austin Chronicle’s website.