Best Shack - 2002
Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
Technically, Emmy's Spaghetti Shack is not an actual shack (the place shares half of the ground floor in a regular building with the El Amigo bar). Still, this homespun bohemian joint feels shantylike at the very least thanks to a corrugated steel ceiling and aprons strung like laundry across the interior of the restaurant. Whether you're looking for a $6.50 plate of spaghetti and a 40-ounce Bud or more sophisticated fare such as pan-roasted halibut or white bean soup with Italian sausage and truffle oil, chef Sarah Kirnon has you covered. DJ nights are extra tasty thanks to a booming, club-quality sound system, service is so casual it's like stopping by a friend's house for dinner, and the waitresses are utterly gorgeous. In these parts, no shack will do you better.