Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic

Matthew Odam is the restaurant critic and a features writer at the Austin American-Statesman. The Austin native and sixth-generation Texan has worked for the Statesman since 2007. His favorite foods are sushi, hamburgers, Southeast Asian and Italian cuisine. Oh, and Mexican. And, sandwiches. You get the point.    When not writing or eating, the dog lover can be found enjoying many of the things that make Austin great: Barton Springs pool, live music, Lady Bird Lake, BookPeople, the Alamo Drafthouse and Violet Crown Cinema, municipal golf courses and the nearby Hill Country.

Latest from Matthew Odam

Vox Table closed suddenly yesterday before Valentine’s Day dinner
 We received an email this morning from a frustrated reader. They weren’t frustrated with us (yea!) but with the fact that
            they had received an email yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. alerting them that 
            
               Vox Table
             had closed suddenly due to a maintenance issue and therefore the emailer&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

We received an email this morning from a frustrated reader. They weren’t frustrated with us (yea!) but with the fact that they had received an email yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. alerting them that Vox Table had closed suddenly due to a maintenance issue and therefore the emailer&rsquo...
Taco Ranch may have just opened, but owner P. Terry is ready to expand
 You can almost see the lines forming now. 
               Taco Ranch
             from 
               P. Terry’s
             will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana space at 517 W. MLK Blvd. Patrick Terry says the restaurant will be open from breakfast through late night and feature a double drive-thru and the same menu as...

Posted: 3 days ago

You can almost see the lines forming now. Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana space at 517 W. MLK Blvd. Patrick Terry says the restaurant will be open from breakfast through late night and feature a double drive-thru and the same menu as...
Barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis is closed until next Wednesday
 Life happens, 
            as the Tweet from LeRoy & Lewis said this afternoon. What that means in this case is that the 
            barbecue truck from chef Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis is closed until next Wednesday. Mac-and-cheese-stuffed smoked quail at LeRoy & Lewis. The closure comes as a result of some personal matters that...

Posted: 3 days ago

Life happens, as the Tweet from LeRoy & Lewis said this afternoon. What that means in this case is that the barbecue truck from chef Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis is closed until next Wednesday. Mac-and-cheese-stuffed smoked quail at LeRoy & Lewis. The closure comes as a result of some personal matters that...
Founders of Esther’s Follies buy back the historic Tavern on Lamar Boulevard
 Esther’s Follies co-founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton purchased the historic Tavern (922. W. 12th St.) last week
            from the brothers Ellis and Austin Winstaley. The couple, who met while performing in a rock musical at the University of
            Texas in 1968, owned and operated The Tavern for several years in...

Posted: 4 days ago

Esther’s Follies co-founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton purchased the historic Tavern (922. W. 12th St.) last week from the brothers Ellis and Austin Winstaley. The couple, who met while performing in a rock musical at the University of Texas in 1968, owned and operated The Tavern for several years in...
Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Austin
 A wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day is almost impossible to resist. You could stay home and cook for your beloved, but why run the risk of overcooking the lobster or having your sauce break? Austin restaurants have a slew of special dinners planned at all price points. Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano...

Posted: 8 days ago

A wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day is almost impossible to resist. You could stay home and cook for your beloved, but why run the risk of overcooking the lobster or having your sauce break? Austin restaurants have a slew of special dinners planned at all price points. Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano...
Open Table says Austin is the second-most romantic city in Texas
 Looking to have a romantic dinner for two in the state of Texas? Maybe not if you live in Dallas or Houston. San Antonio on
            the other hand …. dim the lights. Macarons at Elizabeth Street Cafe. (Credit: McGuire Moorman Hospitality) Reservation website
             OpenTable.com came up with a system to rank the Most Romantic...

Posted: 10 days ago

Looking to have a romantic dinner for two in the state of Texas? Maybe not if you live in Dallas or Houston. San Antonio on the other hand …. dim the lights. Macarons at Elizabeth Street Cafe. (Credit: McGuire Moorman Hospitality) Reservation website OpenTable.com came up with a system to rank the Most Romantic...
Ruby’s BBQ will close this month after almost 30 years of smoking
 Ruby’s BBQ, an Austin dining institution, will close near the end of February, according to an employee. The restaurant, once a regular haunt for musicians like Albert Collins and Maceo Parker who played at neighboring Antone’s, celebrated its 29th birthday in November. Pat Mares and her late husband, Luke Zimmermann, opened the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ruby’s BBQ, an Austin dining institution, will close near the end of February, according to an employee. The restaurant, once a regular haunt for musicians like Albert Collins and Maceo Parker who played at neighboring Antone’s, celebrated its 29th birthday in November. Pat Mares and her late husband, Luke Zimmermann, opened the...
Fonda San Miguel’s guest chef series Sunday night welcomes one of Mexico’s best chefs
 Fonda San Miguel owner Tom Gilliland will open his trailblazing Mexican restaurant for a guest chef series that starts Sunday
            with Mexican chef Pablo Salas.  Chef Salas has come to acclaim for the creative cooking at his 
            Toluca, Mexico restaurant Amaranta, which has landed on San Pelegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fonda San Miguel owner Tom Gilliland will open his trailblazing Mexican restaurant for a guest chef series that starts Sunday with Mexican chef Pablo Salas. Chef Salas has come to acclaim for the creative cooking at his Toluca, Mexico restaurant Amaranta, which has landed on San Pelegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants...
French restaurant Le Politique opens its patisserie
 French restaurant 
            Le Politique, which opened in the Northshore building downtown last year, today opened its adjacent patisserie. Credit: Wynn Myers The French bakery helped by New Waterloo corporate executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman and Le Politique pastry chef Alyssa
            Hurlstone serves an assortment of fresh-baked...

Posted: 12 days ago

French restaurant Le Politique, which opened in the Northshore building downtown last year, today opened its adjacent patisserie. Credit: Wynn Myers The French bakery helped by New Waterloo corporate executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman and Le Politique pastry chef Alyssa Hurlstone serves an assortment of fresh-baked...