by Layne Lynch and Lynne Margolis / Austin Monthly / November 2013
Ever since Austin’s food explosion began a few years ago, it seems like a new restaurant (or three) opens every week. Needless to say, when it came to selecting the Best New Restaurants for this year, there was no shortage of options. We dined at and debated over the dozens of new restaurants that opened between September 2012 and September 2013, and narrowed it down to our favorite 15. From a Top Chef’s first restaurant and a worth-the-drive sushi place far off the beaten path to an Austin institution that got a revitalizing facelift and more, here are the new restaurants that deserve a spot on your must-try list.