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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

Meet San Antonio’s grand dame: Hotel Emma
 The brick-lined road ends and your car shifts into a time-warping slow motion, allowing you to appreciate the sound it makes as it rolls over the crushed granite circular drive. The crunch of the stones beneath your tires evokes the sensation of entering an old estate in a foreign country. Maybe it’s that hypnotizing sound, or the squared...

Posted: 14 hours ago

The brick-lined road ends and your car shifts into a time-warping slow motion, allowing you to appreciate the sound it makes as it rolls over the crushed granite circular drive. The crunch of the stones beneath your tires evokes the sensation of entering an old estate in a foreign country. Maybe it’s that hypnotizing sound, or the squared...
Speer returns to restaurant scene with French-inspired Bonhomie
 One of Austin’s top chefs has returned in full voice to the Austin restaurant scene with a new concept. Former Uchi culinary director Philip Speer opened Bonhomie
             Thursday at 5350 Burnet Road. The American bistro, which serves what Speer only half-jokingly calls a mash-up of a French bistro and Waffle House, serves lunch...

Posted: a day ago

One of Austin’s top chefs has returned in full voice to the Austin restaurant scene with a new concept. Former Uchi culinary director Philip Speer opened Bonhomie Thursday at 5350 Burnet Road. The American bistro, which serves what Speer only half-jokingly calls a mash-up of a French bistro and Waffle House, serves lunch...
Chevrolet giving away free breakfast tacos at Torchy’s South Congress Thursday
 SXSW is over, but that doesn’t mean there are no brands left to give you free things. Chevrolet is celebrating being the area’s biggest seller of cars in 2016 by giving away breakfast tacos tomorrow at the Torchy’s location at 1822 South Congress Ave. The free tacos (they’re giving away #1-#5 on the menu) will...

Posted: a day ago

SXSW is over, but that doesn’t mean there are no brands left to give you free things. Chevrolet is celebrating being the area’s biggest seller of cars in 2016 by giving away breakfast tacos tomorrow at the Torchy’s location at 1822 South Congress Ave. The free tacos (they’re giving away #1-#5 on the menu) will...