Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
A taste of Texas

The Tastemaker Awards toasts the best in Texas dining for 2022

The Tastemaker Awards toasts the best in Texas dining for 2022

Luckybee Kitchen, Tastemaker awards
Luckybee Kitchen's Jenny Castor was named Fort Worth's Chef of the Year.   Photo by Ashley Gongora
Bar of the year, CJ Starr, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
The Lobby Bar at Hotel Dryce was crowned Fort Worth's Bar of the Year. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Junior Borges, Meridian
Junior Borges' Meridian was named Dallas Restaurant of the Year. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Ji Kang, Chef of the Year
Ji Kang, Dallas Chef of the Year. Photo by Ashley Gongora
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The series kicked off with our inaugural San Antonio event. Photo by Guillermo Rosas
SA Tastemakers
San Antonio Chef of the Year Jason Dady and team. Photo by Guillermo Rosas
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The al fresco scene at Austin's Fair Market. Photo by Alison Narro
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Cory Starr, Austin Bartender of the Year.  Photo by Alison Narro
2022 Tastemaker Awards Silver Street Studios
Aaron Bludorn, right, was named Houston Chef of the Year. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2022 Tastemaker Awards Silver Street Studios
See you in 2023. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Luckybee Kitchen, Tastemaker awards
Bar of the year, CJ Starr, Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2022
Junior Borges, Meridian
Ji Kang, Chef of the Year
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SA Tastemakers
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ATX Tastemakers
2022 Tastemaker Awards Silver Street Studios
2022 Tastemaker Awards Silver Street Studios

CultureMap trekked across Texas this spring to toast the Tastemakers during our annual culinary awards program — and this year was bigger than ever. In addition to our longstanding events in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, we brought the party to Fort Worth and San Antonio for the very first time.

The series began April 26 with our inaugural San Antonio event before returning to Austin's Fair Market on April 28. The Texas culinary tour then headed to Cowtown for our Fort Worth debut on May 10, followed by an evening at Dallas' Fashion Industry Gallery on May 12. The foodie fun wrapped up May 25 in Houston with another sold-out night at Silver Street Studios.

The 2022 Tastemaker Awards served as a Texas-sized celebration of the culinary scenes they honored, with guests savoring bites from participating nominees, sipping signature cocktails alongside culinary stars, and raising a glass to the winners during our live awards ceremonies.

Nominees were selected by local panels of industry experts, including past Tastemaker winners and CultureMap editors. The panels then selected all winners, except for Best New Restaurant, which was determined by readers in our online tournament.

Meet all of the 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winners, listed by city, below.

Fort Worth:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Belenty's Love Vegan Mexican Restaurant
  • Chef of the Year: Jenny Castor, Luckybee Kitchen
  • Bar of the Year: The Lobby Bar at Hotel Dryce
  • Best New Restaurant: Dusty Biscuit Beignets
  • Best Breakfast: Ol' South Pancake House

Dallas:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Meridian
  • Chef of the Year: Ji Kang, Sloane's Corner
  • Bar of the Year: Rattlesnake Bar
  • Best New Restaurant: Hawkers Asian Street Food
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Aldo Lugo, Jose
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Amy La Rue, Carte Blanche
  • Bartender of the Year: Reid Lewis, Atlas
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Hillside Tavern
  • Brewery of the Year: Vector Brewing
  • Wine Program of the Year: Monarch
  • Best New Pizza: 400 Gradi

San Antonio:

  • Restaurant of the Year: 2M Smokehouse
  • Chef of the Year: Jason Dady, Jardín
  • Bar of the Year: Bar 1919
  • Best New Restaurant: Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
  • Best Brewery: Dorćol Distilling & Brewing Co.

Austin:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Cuantos Tacos
  • Chef of the Year: Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria
  • Bar of the Year: Tiki Tatsu-Ya
  • Best New Restaurant: Wax Myrtle's
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Amanda Turner, Olamaie
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Susana Querejazu, Lutie's
  • Bartender of the Year: Cory Starr, Tiki Tatsu-Ya
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
  • Wine Program of the Year: Birdie's
  • Brewery of the Year: Meanwhile Brewing Co.
  • Best Vegan Restaurant: Counter Culture

Houston:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Street to Kitchen
  • Chef of the Year: Aaron Bludorn, Bludorn
  • Bar of the Year: Tongue-cut Sparrow
  • Best New Restaurant: d’Alba Craft Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Benchawan Painter, Street to Kitchen
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Christina Au, Blacksmith
  • Bartender of the Year: Sarah Crowl, Better Luck Tomorrow
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Click Virtual Food Hall
  • Wine Program of the Year: Tiny Champions
  • Best Pop-up: Luis Mercado and Paolo Justo, Neo