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2013 was an exciting time to be writing about the Austin food scene, with restaurants opening at a breakneck pace, unprecedented growth and expansion by homegrown chains, popular trailers converting to brick-and-mortar operations, the proliferation of pop-up restaurants and subscription supper clubs, and local, chef-driven fine-dining dynasties developing crowd-pleasing concepts. One of the main reasons we retired the annual Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll and replaced it with our First Plates Awards last year was to create an awards system that better reflected the fluidity and dynamism of our local culinary scene. The First Plates Awards will now be a permanent fixture in our annual February Food Issue. All the writers who contribute to our food section will keep an eye on changes, trends, and developments during the year in an effort to make sure that each year’s list is an accurate representation of what’s happening in restaurants in neighborhoods all over the Austin metro area. ... MORE

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