As part of the the annual tradition that is Year in Eater, Eater Austin looked back at the site’s most-read stories of 2023. People have been excited about many restaurant openings to updates on Austin’s controversial Top Chef winner to, yes, a celebrity sighting at a local bar.
So here are the 14 stories that caught the eyes of Eater Austin readers this year, plus, 19 additional stories that you might’ve missed this year that are worth reading.
The music festival is a big deal for the city, so Eater Austin asked performers where they like to eat and drink here. Spoiler alert: lots of people are Casa de Luz fans.
The fact that the international Korean supermarket chain is opening in Austin proper is a hella big deal. It hasn’t opened on Burnet Road yet, but here’s hoping for a date sometime in early 2024.
The city of Lockhart, Texas has always been a destination through the decades for its barbecue, but now, a group of newcomer restaurants and bars to the town have been offering new exciting options.
It’s evident that Eater Austin readers love Korean restaurants. And this independent restaurant, Gangnam Korean BBQ, brought all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue to South Austin in the spring.
This article is a two-fold one. First, Tarrytown restaurant and bar Abel’s on the Lake closed quietly at the end of 2022. And then, second, a restaurant from Mexico expanded into the city, Quince, with stylish vibes.
Salt Lick BBQ is a barbecue Texas stalwart and people are very excited that it’s opening a third location out in the Hill Country, along with a standalone wine tasting room and shop, sometime in 2025.
Eater readers have been very excited about the opening of Ramen del Barrio in February. And, yeah, it did win an Eater Award for the best restaurant of 2023.
7. Amazon Is Creating a Texas Town With a Tex-Mex/Barbecue Restaurant, Bars, and a Gas Station Mini-Mart for SXSW
South by Southwest is that prime time for outrageous branded pop-ups and the such, and this one from Amazon caught the attentions of Eater readers. For the company’s streaming service Amazon Prime, it set up a town-like space dubbed Prime, Texas with food and drinks and then turned Austin Hotel into a gas station market for the Swarm television show.
Everybody loves H-E-B, but did you know that Central Market is secretly better?
The rapper hung out at downtown Japanese restaurant TenTen and downtown bar Devil May Care after his Austin concerts earlier this fall.
LeAnn Mueller was a barbecue legend, from growing up in the famous Mueller family to running essential Austin restaurant La Barbecue. People paid their tributes to her as well.
3. Prepare to Enter the Fantastical World of Gaming and Dining With This Exciting New Role-Playing Space in Austin
Tiny Minotaur is an ambitious in-real-life role-playing space with gaming, food, and drinks, that opened in the fall.
It’s always great to see Austin chefs on the long-list of the national restaurant and chef awards, but unfortunately (and wrongly), none made it through into the finalist list.
1. ‘Top Chef’ Contestants Speak Out on How Bravo Handled Austin Chef Gabe Erales’s Controversial Win
Two years after Erales won Top Chef and it was revealed that he was actually fired from his position at Austin restaurant Comedor in 2020 for allegedly harassing an employee, the New York Times asked his fellow contestants how they felt about what happened and how Bravo dealt with everything.