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The 38 Essential Austin Restaurants, October '11

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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 couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

As this the last 38 before the Eater Austin editor position switches over, there are more changes than usual. Also, the price ceiling has been nudged up a little bit to leave more wiggle room for the next regime. Here are the changes:

IN: Taco More, Black Star Co-op, La Condesa, Justine's, Barley Swine, Foreign & Domestic, Takoba.
OUT: Le Soleil, Arpeggio Grill, Julio's, Sam's BBQ, East Side Pies, Odd Duck, Andiamo.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Noble Pig

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Asia Cafe

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Tomo Dachi

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T & S Chinese Restaurant

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Tam Deli & Cafe

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Cover 3

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Quality Seafood Market

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Burger Tex

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House Pizzeria

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Vino Vino

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ASTI Trattoria

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East Side Cafe

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Fricano's Deli

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Counter Cafe

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Nubian Queen Lola Cajun

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Blue Dahlia Bistro

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Casino El Camino Bar & Grill

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Buenos Aires Cafe

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East Side Showroom

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East Side King

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Torchy's Tacos

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Home Slice Pizza

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Curra's Grill

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Enoteca Vespaio

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Whip In Convenience Store

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Habanero Mexican Cafe

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Jack Allen's Kitchen

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Franklin Barbecue

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FoodHeads

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Tacodeli

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Second Bar + Kitchen

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Taqueria Taco More

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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La Condesa

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Justine's

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Barley Swine

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Foreign & Domestic Food & Drnk

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Noble Pig

Asia Cafe

Tomo Dachi

T & S Chinese Restaurant

Tam Deli & Cafe

Cover 3

Quality Seafood Market

Burger Tex

House Pizzeria

Vino Vino

ASTI Trattoria

East Side Cafe

Fricano's Deli

Counter Cafe

Nubian Queen Lola Cajun

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Blue Dahlia Bistro

Casino El Camino Bar & Grill

Buenos Aires Cafe

East Side Showroom

East Side King

Torchy's Tacos

Home Slice Pizza

Curra's Grill

Enoteca Vespaio

Whip In Convenience Store

Habanero Mexican Cafe

Jack Allen's Kitchen

Franklin Barbecue

FoodHeads

Tacodeli

Second Bar + Kitchen

Taqueria Taco More

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

La Condesa

Justine's

Barley Swine