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

El Chile Group closes its Mexican seafood restaurant in South Austin
 Seafoodd-centric Mexican restaurant Alcomar on South First Street closed permanently after service Tuesday night. The restaurant
            was a member of the El Chile Group, which got its start on Manor Road with El Chile in 2003. Alcomar located at 1816 closed Tuesday. Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN In the decade and a half since...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Seafoodd-centric Mexican restaurant Alcomar on South First Street closed permanently after service Tuesday night. The restaurant was a member of the El Chile Group, which got its start on Manor Road with El Chile in 2003. Alcomar located at 1816 closed Tuesday. Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN In the decade and a half since...
El Arroyo serving free margaritas to teachers on final day of school (May 30)
 That frozen concoction that helps teachers hang on will soon be flowing freely. Austin Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day,
               is featured in “El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs Volume One.” This is one of the signs featured in...

Posted: a day ago

That frozen concoction that helps teachers hang on will soon be flowing freely. Austin Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in “El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs Volume One.” This is one of the signs featured in...
Taco Tuesday: Trippy Tacos on Manchaca Road
 I admit that over the past year when I would drive past 
            
               Trippy Tacos (4205 Mancahaca Road),
             with its mildly psychedelic cartoon logo, I always assumed the small taco truck outside of a convenience store was operated
            by a South Austin hippie with dreads. Not that there’s anything...

Posted: a day ago

I admit that over the past year when I would drive past Trippy Tacos (4205 Mancahaca Road),  with its mildly psychedelic cartoon logo, I always assumed the small taco truck outside of a convenience store was operated by a South Austin hippie with dreads. Not that there’s anything...
Exclusive: One of the Top 20 restaurants in Austin closes suddenly
 Austin lost a unique and comforting casual spot over the weekend as chef Philip Speer’s Bonhomie closed after brunch service
            Sunday. The restaurant, which Speer and his partners aptly billed as Waffle House-meets-French bistro, opened in March 2017.
            The blend of execution, flavors and a laid-back approach to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin lost a unique and comforting casual spot over the weekend as chef Philip Speer’s Bonhomie closed after brunch service Sunday. The restaurant, which Speer and his partners aptly billed as Waffle House-meets-French bistro, opened in March 2017. The blend of execution, flavors and a laid-back approach to...
Take a look inside the new Home Slice Pizza on North Loop
 Home Slice Pizza has set 
            May 30 as the grand opening date for its new location in Central Austin. In the meantime, the restaurant is having a “soft opening,” with limited seating
            and take-out service for the next two weeks. Check out the video for a look inside the new restaurant at 501 E. 53rd St. Credit...

Posted: 6 days ago

Home Slice Pizza has set May 30 as the grand opening date for its new location in Central Austin. In the meantime, the restaurant is having a “soft opening,” with limited seating and take-out service for the next two weeks. Check out the video for a look inside the new restaurant at 501 E. 53rd St. Credit...
Odd Duck’s ambitious sibling cafe, bakery and bar opens in East Austin
 Odd Duck officially has an ambitious kid sister. All-day cafe, bakery and bar 
               Sour Duck Market
             opened with limited hours last week at 1814 E. MLK Blvd. A multi-chambered space with indoor and outdoor seating areas and counter service for dine-in and carry-out customers, Sour Duck starts the day with baked goods...

Posted: 6 days ago

Odd Duck officially has an ambitious kid sister. All-day cafe, bakery and bar Sour Duck Market opened with limited hours last week at 1814 E. MLK Blvd. A multi-chambered space with indoor and outdoor seating areas and counter service for dine-in and carry-out customers, Sour Duck starts the day with baked goods...
El Chipirón rolling out more substantial pinchos menu
 Building on the success of its two-day Festival de Pinchos event last month, Spanish restaurant 
               
                  El Chipirón
                has decided to offer a wider variety of the small plates on a regular basis (a reality 
               I hoped for in my review last year).  Beginning next Friday (May 25), chef...

Posted: 7 days ago

Building on the success of its two-day Festival de Pinchos event last month, Spanish restaurant El Chipirón has decided to offer a wider variety of the small plates on a regular basis (a reality I hoped for in my review last year). Beginning next Friday (May 25), chef...
Exclusive: Home Slice Pizza on North Loop sets grand opening date
 Central Austin’s long wait for some of the best New York-style pizza in Texas is almost over. The new Home Slice Pizza at 501 E. 53rd St. (Credit: Julia Keim) Home Slice Pizza announced this morning that it would officially open its 501 E. 53rd St. location to the public on 
            May 30. As previously reported, in addition to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Central Austin’s long wait for some of the best New York-style pizza in Texas is almost over. The new Home Slice Pizza at 501 E. 53rd St. (Credit: Julia Keim) Home Slice Pizza announced this morning that it would officially open its 501 E. 53rd St. location to the public on May 30. As previously reported, in addition to...
Hot Luck has food, music and a festival vibe that sets it apart
 Not just barbecue, but transcendent brisket. Not just country music on the radio, but the ultimate classic country soundtrack. Not just a line in which to wait for food, but a place to make friends and memories. Not just cold beer, but quality, local beer. Not just friendly folks, but exceptional customer service. Franklin Barbecue elevates...

Posted: 7 days ago

Not just barbecue, but transcendent brisket. Not just country music on the radio, but the ultimate classic country soundtrack. Not just a line in which to wait for food, but a place to make friends and memories. Not just cold beer, but quality, local beer. Not just friendly folks, but exceptional customer service. Franklin Barbecue elevates...
James Beard nominee cooks steaks with Dan Dyer at Cosmic tonight
 In a truly modern Austin mash-up of music and food, 
               Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is hosting a series of grill-outs with a visiting chef and soulful singer-songwriter Dan Dyer. Appropriately titled 
            
            “Steak Out! With Dan Dyer,” the dinner series features the chef and musician working the grill...

Posted: 7 days ago

In a truly modern Austin mash-up of music and food, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is hosting a series of grill-outs with a visiting chef and soulful singer-songwriter Dan Dyer. Appropriately titled “Steak Out! With Dan Dyer,” the dinner series features the chef and musician working the grill...