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Austin movers and shakers top Southern Living and GQ best of lists

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Qui restaurant Austin patio exterior
Qui topped, well, everything. Photo by Bonjwing Lee/ Qui
Qui restaurant Austin cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich
We would give Paul Qui all the awards if it meant we could cheddar cheese ice cream sandwiches forever. Photo by Bonjwing Lee/ Qui
La Barbecue trailer in Austin, TX.
La Barbecue trailer was the 13th best restaurant in America according to GQ. La Barbecue - Facebook Page
Austin Photo Set: News_Caitlin_alyson fox_oct 2012_8
Alyson Fox was on the most stylish list. Photo by Jessica Pages
Deana Saukam Paul Qui
Deana Saukam and Paul Qui were lauded for their personal style by Southern Living. Qui/ Facebook
Kendra Scott, jewelry store, Rice Village, November 2012
Kendra Scott also made the Southern Living list. Photo by Whitney Radley
Qui restaurant Austin patio exterior
Qui restaurant Austin cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich
La Barbecue trailer in Austin, TX.
Austin Photo Set: News_Caitlin_alyson fox_oct 2012_8
Deana Saukam Paul Qui
Kendra Scott, jewelry store, Rice Village, November 2012

If there is one thing that Austin doesn't get enough of, it's being celebrated for our cultural achievements. No one ever talks about how cool we are, what good chefs we have or what great music comes out of Austin.  Never. We fly pretty low on the radar, never getting any attention for anything.

Just kidding.

Austin topped a lot of lists this week, starting with Texas Monthly's picks for best new bars and restaurants. (Qui ended up on both.) Austinites also managed to land on Southern Living's Most Stylish Southerners and GQ's 25 Best Restaurants in America. (Spoiler alert: No. 1 is Qui.)

Southern Living named local designer Alyson Fox and jewelry maven Kendra Scott as two of the most stylish southerners. Southern Living also named Paul Qui and East Side King/Qui PR guru Deana Saukam (Qui's fiancée) among the most stylish, proving that Qui is indeed the King of Austin and we must bow down in his presence. 

GQ also announced its picks for the 25 best restaurants in the U.S. Only two restaurants from Texas made it on to the list: La Barbecue and Qui. Coming in at No. 13 is a big win for the Austin barbecue trailer that was carefully watched after polarizing pitmaster John Mueller was ousted and replaced with John Lewis in 2012. Though La Barbecue is often overshadowed by Franklin Barbecue (Lewis worked with Aaron Franklin at the beloved East Austin spot), Lewis is making his mark as one of the preeminent pitmasters in the country.

And, GQ's No. 1 pick for the country's best restaurant went to Qui. Writes the magazine, "If Paul Qui isn't the most fearless chef in America, he's surely the most confident." Based on his cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich alone, we couldn't agree more.

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