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

Sandra Bullock’s Walton’s Fancy & Staple introduces dinner service
 Longtime Market District favorite, bakery, cafe and flower shop 
            
               Walton’s Fancy & Staple
             is now open after dark. After eight years of meeting the needs of breakfast and lunch patrons, the charming spot opened by
            actress Sandra Bullock, now features a bistro dinner menu three nights...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime Market District favorite, bakery, cafe and flower shop Walton’s Fancy & Staple is now open after dark. After eight years of meeting the needs of breakfast and lunch patrons, the charming spot opened by actress Sandra Bullock, now features a bistro dinner menu three nights...
These Austin restaurants are selling Thanksgiving meals to-go
 Ah, traditions: buying the turkey; anxiously cooking the turkey in hopes it doesn’t dry out; fighting over whose stuffing recipe to use; fidgeting about who should carve the turkey; lying about how good your mother-in-law’s pie tastes. What would we do without the rituals that surround Thanksgiving? Maybe just call a professional...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ah, traditions: buying the turkey; anxiously cooking the turkey in hopes it doesn’t dry out; fighting over whose stuffing recipe to use; fidgeting about who should carve the turkey; lying about how good your mother-in-law’s pie tastes. What would we do without the rituals that surround Thanksgiving? Maybe just call a professional...
Franklin Barbecue reopens next week
 The long wait for barbecue lovers (and the Franklins and their staff) is over: Franklin Barbecue will reopen Tuesday, October
            21. The restaurant will be back to doing regular lunch business but will lint their pre-orders until the new smokehouse is complete.

Posted: 4 days ago

The long wait for barbecue lovers (and the Franklins and their staff) is over: Franklin Barbecue will reopen Tuesday, October 21. The restaurant will be back to doing regular lunch business but will lint their pre-orders until the new smokehouse is complete.
Where to eat at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has long been a champion of locally owned business and the spirit of Keeping Austin
            Weird. 
            A slew of very Austin-y businesses are coming to the airport next year (from JuiceLand to Tacodeli). In the meantime, there are more than a dozen spots to fill you up before you take off...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has long been a champion of locally owned business and the spirit of Keeping Austin Weird. A slew of very Austin-y businesses are coming to the airport next year (from JuiceLand to Tacodeli). In the meantime, there are more than a dozen spots to fill you up before you take off...
San Antonio’s Bakery Lorraine coming to Austin in 2018
 One of San Antonio’s most popular and nationally buzzed about spots is getting an Austin address. Bakery Lorraine plans to
               open at Rock Rose at the Domain Northside in fall 2018. The French-inspired bakery located at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio has earned raves for its classic and colorful
              ...

Posted: 4 days ago

One of San Antonio’s most popular and nationally buzzed about spots is getting an Austin address. Bakery Lorraine plans to open at Rock Rose at the Domain Northside in fall 2018. The French-inspired bakery located at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio has earned raves for its classic and colorful ...
Where to eat on Thanksgiving so you don’t have to cook
 A grand Thanksgiving meal is a wonderful way to bring together friends and family. But that can also be costly, stressful and time-consuming. Why not let the professionals handle the dirty work? A host of restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner. Call the restaurants or visit their websites for more details on menu...

Posted: 4 days ago

A grand Thanksgiving meal is a wonderful way to bring together friends and family. But that can also be costly, stressful and time-consuming. Why not let the professionals handle the dirty work? A host of restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner. Call the restaurants or visit their websites for more details on menu...
Rudy’s ‘Country Store’ & Bar-B-Q opening first Central Austin location
 The barbecue spot with the country vibe is getting an address in the heart of the city. 
               Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q
             is slated to open in late spring at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill. It will be the fifth Austin-area location, and...

Posted: 4 days ago

The barbecue spot with the country vibe is getting an address in the heart of the city. Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q is slated to open in late spring at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill. It will be the fifth Austin-area location, and...
Whataburger and Yeti team for Texas-lover’s dream tumbler
 Prepare ye olde holiday wish list. Texas-based brands Whataburger and Yeti have teamed for a Yeti tumbler emblazoned with
            the most iconic fast-food logo in Texas. 
            The 30-ounce tumbler costs $45.99 and will keep your drink cold longer than your grandpappy can tell you about the good old days. They are currently sold...

Posted: 5 days ago

Prepare ye olde holiday wish list. Texas-based brands Whataburger and Yeti have teamed for a Yeti tumbler emblazoned with the most iconic fast-food logo in Texas. The 30-ounce tumbler costs $45.99 and will keep your drink cold longer than your grandpappy can tell you about the good old days. They are currently sold...
California-based Pokeatery opening location at Mueller
 The poke scene in Austin is about to get a little more crowded. California-based 
            Pokeatery announced today that the first location in Texas would open before the end of this year at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. in the
            space previously occupied by Tino’s Greek Cafe. It will be the first location outside of California...

Posted: 6 days ago

The poke scene in Austin is about to get a little more crowded. California-based Pokeatery announced today that the first location in Texas would open before the end of this year at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. in the space previously occupied by Tino’s Greek Cafe. It will be the first location outside of California...
Now open: One Taco on Anderson Lane
 Longtime taco truck One Taco has opened its second brick-and-mortar. The location at 2900 W. Anderson Lane is in the space
            previously occupied by Mighty Bird. The taqueria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Credit: Facebook.com/OneTacoAL

Posted: 6 days ago

Longtime taco truck One Taco has opened its second brick-and-mortar. The location at 2900 W. Anderson Lane is in the space previously occupied by Mighty Bird. The taqueria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Credit: Facebook.com/OneTacoAL
Olamaie selling their biscuits to-go during holiday season
 Want to be the star of your family or friends’ holiday party? Sneak in a dozen of Olamaie’s other-worldly biscuits and act
            like you did all the work. You can just say you got the secret recipe from your great-grandmother. Contributed by Kate LeSueur The refined Southern restaurant named #1 in the city in this year&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Want to be the star of your family or friends’ holiday party? Sneak in a dozen of Olamaie’s other-worldly biscuits and act like you did all the work. You can just say you got the secret recipe from your great-grandmother. Contributed by Kate LeSueur The refined Southern restaurant named #1 in the city in this year&rsquo...