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

Rosen’s Bagel Co. now serving bagels out of Brew & Brew in East Austin
 After several months of pop-ups, 
            Rosen’s Bagel Co. has found its somewhat-permanent home. The bagel company from Tom Rosen operates six days a week out of 
            Brew & Brew (500 San Marcos St.) in East Austin. The bagel operation is closed on Tuesday. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary) Rosen serves about a half-dozen...

Posted: 2 hours ago

After several months of pop-ups, Rosen’s Bagel Co. has found its somewhat-permanent home. The bagel company from Tom Rosen operates six days a week out of Brew & Brew (500 San Marcos St.) in East Austin. The bagel operation is closed on Tuesday. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary) Rosen serves about a half-dozen...
Cisco’s will remain open under new ownership group with ties to founder
 Score one for the preservation of Old Austin. Cisco’s Restaurant — the legendary East Austin migas and biscuit spot and regular hangout for politicos and locals — will remain open at 1511 E. Sixth St. An ownership team that includes Matt Cisneros, grandson of restaurant founder and namesake Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros...

Posted: a day ago

Score one for the preservation of Old Austin. Cisco’s Restaurant — the legendary East Austin migas and biscuit spot and regular hangout for politicos and locals — will remain open at 1511 E. Sixth St. An ownership team that includes Matt Cisneros, grandson of restaurant founder and namesake Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros...
Study shows Austin diners are some of the best tippers in the country
 Maybe it’s because many Austinites have worked in the service industry. Maybe it’s because the average consumer here is sensitive
            to the city’s high cost of living. Maybe it’s simply the metrics of the study and data compiled. Regardless, July consumer
            data tracked by Square, “which provides...

Posted: a day ago

Maybe it’s because many Austinites have worked in the service industry. Maybe it’s because the average consumer here is sensitive to the city’s high cost of living. Maybe it’s simply the metrics of the study and data compiled. Regardless, July consumer data tracked by Square, “which provides...
Trianon departing Westlake area; Eldorado brings Mexican to N. Austin
 A longtime member of the community in the Westlake area is looking for a new home. Michael and Susan Sexton, owners of 
               Trianon Coffee
             in the West Woods Shopping Center, will see their lease expire at the end of this year. Michael Sexton says the shopping center’s new management company did not offer a chance...

Posted: 6 days ago

A longtime member of the community in the Westlake area is looking for a new home. Michael and Susan Sexton, owners of Trianon Coffee in the West Woods Shopping Center, will see their lease expire at the end of this year. Michael Sexton says the shopping center’s new management company did not offer a chance...
Tex-Mex restaurant Vaqueros now open in former Tres Amigos space in Westlake area
 After sitting dormant for about two years, the former Tres Amigos space at 1801 Loop 360 has a new tenant. Vaqueros Café and Cantina recently opened, serving classic Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas, which the restaurant smokes with mesquite; enchiladas; and
            more. The restaurant is owned by Steiner Ranch owner Bobby Steiner...

Posted: 7 days ago

After sitting dormant for about two years, the former Tres Amigos space at 1801 Loop 360 has a new tenant. Vaqueros Café and Cantina recently opened, serving classic Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas, which the restaurant smokes with mesquite; enchiladas; and more. The restaurant is owned by Steiner Ranch owner Bobby Steiner...
Casa de Luz co-founder built community around food and wellness
 An explorer and visionary with a passion for community and wellness, Casa de Luz co-founder Maryann Rose died early Monday in Austin, her former business partner Wayo Longoria said. She was 73. A native of Dallas, Rose moved to Austin during its bohemian heyday. She met Longoria at the East West Center, a macrobiotic center, in 1984. When...

Posted: 7 days ago

An explorer and visionary with a passion for community and wellness, Casa de Luz co-founder Maryann Rose died early Monday in Austin, her former business partner Wayo Longoria said. She was 73. A native of Dallas, Rose moved to Austin during its bohemian heyday. She met Longoria at the East West Center, a macrobiotic center, in 1984. When...
Bon Appetit names Austin restaurant #8 on list of 10 best new restaurants in America
 Bon Appetit 
            released its Hot 10 today. The list covers the 10 best new restaurants in America, and it includes a unique East Austin restaurant that has captivated
            critics around the country. Brisket at Kemuri. (Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell) Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, 
            which nabbed the #8 spot on the list, blends...

Posted: 7 days ago

Bon Appetit released its Hot 10 today. The list covers the 10 best new restaurants in America, and it includes a unique East Austin restaurant that has captivated critics around the country. Brisket at Kemuri. (Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell) Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, which nabbed the #8 spot on the list, blends...