January 7, 2014
And now for our quarterly update of the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant..." This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every quarter, Eater will be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months to qualify for the 38), or have stepped up their respective games.
For this most recent update of the 38, it's time for Eater Austin's first full on reset of the list. A new year means a new perspective on dining, and even the most inveterate restaurant obsessives benefit from a shake-up. After a great deal of debate, re-evaluation, and several sleepless nights, we kept a little over a third of the list, brought back a handful of 38 alums, and added some of Austin's best and brightest newcomers and classics alike. Welcome to the new Eater 38, refreshed for 2014.