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

Hudson’s on the Bend reopening under new ownership
 Hudson’s on the Bend, a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades, is coming back after its abrupt closure last year. An ownership group that includes real estate developer and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma, musician Kris Kimura, former J. Black’s general manager Eric Leonard and entrepreneur Lysa Nguyen purchased...

Posted: 18 minutes ago

Hudson’s on the Bend, a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades, is coming back after its abrupt closure last year. An ownership group that includes real estate developer and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma, musician Kris Kimura, former J. Black’s general manager Eric Leonard and entrepreneur Lysa Nguyen purchased...
Veggie Heaven owners opens Yoshi Ramen in Central Austin
 Veggie Heaven owner Stacy Chen has opened her second concept,
            
               Yoshi Ramen
            , at 
            3320 Harmon Ave (near Hancock Park). The restaurant was inspired by her grandmother’s ramen shop in Osaka, and serves vegetarian, vegan and meat-based ramens. Miso ramen. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary) Yoshi...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Veggie Heaven owner Stacy Chen has opened her second concept, Yoshi Ramen , at 3320 Harmon Ave (near Hancock Park). The restaurant was inspired by her grandmother’s ramen shop in Osaka, and serves vegetarian, vegan and meat-based ramens. Miso ramen. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary) Yoshi...
Dai Due Taqueria at Fareground closed for the day after crazy first weeknd
 People knew 
            
               Fareground
             was going to be popular. But it turns out it was very, very, very popular. So popular that Jesse Griffith’s 
            Dai Due Taqueria ran out of its locally sourced meat after a wild first few days that included serving 1,000 tacos over 12 straight hours
         ...

Posted: 18 hours ago

People knew Fareground was going to be popular. But it turns out it was very, very, very popular. So popular that Jesse Griffith’s Dai Due Taqueria ran out of its locally sourced meat after a wild first few days that included serving 1,000 tacos over 12 straight hours ...
Hudson’s on the Bend coming back with new name and new ownership
 Hudson’s on the Bend was a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades. Chef and co-founder Jeff Blank turned it into a spot that could
            serve as destination-dinner retreat and comfortable home for regulars. 
            He sold the business in 2016 to an owner who reopened the restaurant last year under the guidance...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Hudson’s on the Bend was a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades. Chef and co-founder Jeff Blank turned it into a spot that could serve as destination-dinner retreat and comfortable home for regulars. He sold the business in 2016 to an owner who reopened the restaurant last year under the guidance...
Parkside serving $10 specials for 10 days to celebrate 10 years
 Ten years is a lifetime in the restaurant world. Heck, it might be two lifetimes these days. Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel brought
            hope and vision to downtown’s East Sixth Street when he opened Parkside 10 years ago. The gaatropub serves solid cocktails
            and Central Texas bistro food, has developed a ton of kitchen...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Ten years is a lifetime in the restaurant world. Heck, it might be two lifetimes these days. Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel brought hope and vision to downtown’s East Sixth Street when he opened Parkside 10 years ago. The gaatropub serves solid cocktails and Central Texas bistro food, has developed a ton of kitchen...
Salt Lick co-founder ran one of Texas’ barbecue giants
 Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts, the co-founder of the Salt Lick in Driftwood, one of the most famous restaurants in Texas, died Thursday in Austin at 104. A native of Lihue, Kauai, and the child of Japanese parents, Roberts met her future husband, Thurman Roberts, while the sailor was stationed with the Navy in Hawaii during World War II. The...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts, the co-founder of the Salt Lick in Driftwood, one of the most famous restaurants in Texas, died Thursday in Austin at 104. A native of Lihue, Kauai, and the child of Japanese parents, Roberts met her future husband, Thurman Roberts, while the sailor was stationed with the Navy in Hawaii during World War II. The...
Co-founder of the Salt Lick dies at the age of 104
 Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts, the co-founder of the Salt Lick In Driftwood, one of the most famous restaurants in Texas, died
            Thursday in Austin. She was 104. Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts. (Credit: Roberts family) A native of Lihue, Kauai, the child of Japanese parents met her future husband, Thurman Roberts, while the sailor was stationed...

Posted: a day ago

Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts, the co-founder of the Salt Lick In Driftwood, one of the most famous restaurants in Texas, died Thursday in Austin. She was 104. Hisako Tsuchiyama Roberts. (Credit: Roberts family) A native of Lihue, Kauai, the child of Japanese parents met her future husband, Thurman Roberts, while the sailor was stationed...
Pho Please is celebrating with $1 pho today
 One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town is celebrating its second birthday today with $1 bowls of their various pho
            noodle soups. 
            Pho Please (1920 E. Riverside Drive) is serving $1 pho from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. It is also serving boba tea for $1
            from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m...

Posted: 2 days ago

One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town is celebrating its second birthday today with $1 bowls of their various pho noodle soups. Pho Please (1920 E. Riverside Drive) is serving $1 pho from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. It is also serving boba tea for $1 from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m...
East Austin Mexican restaurant Takoba has closed indefinitely
 Takoba, an East Austin Mexican restaurant and popular spot for international soccer matches, has closed effective immoderately
            The restaurant 
            posted on its Facebook page that it would be closing “indefinitely” to revamp its menu and space. There is no word on how long the restaurant located at 1411 E....

Posted: 4 days ago

Takoba, an East Austin Mexican restaurant and popular spot for international soccer matches, has closed effective immoderately The restaurant posted on its Facebook page that it would be closing “indefinitely” to revamp its menu and space. There is no word on how long the restaurant located at 1411 E....