I hate to say it but, something about the selection or quality or ability to inspire me to want to eat out is lacking in Austin. I used to live in NYC, and ok, nothing is going to be the same but there are other cities that are doing something different like Dallas, for example. There are some places that I do enjoy (Z Tejas, Cafe Josie, Polvos, El Chile, Bombay Bistro, Clay Pit and I do like Salt Lick 360) that are great but overall I'm unimpressed.
I'm not sure there is an answer at this point. City is booming so maybe this will change.
Oh, and I'll state the obvious, the *published* food critics and restaurant review boards (outside of the 'hound) suck.
If I'm missing something please let me know!