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

Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ filming at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew this week
 Looking for your 15 seconds of fame along with a side of smoked meats? The 
            Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” show will dip into North Austin barbecue restaurant 
            Stiles Switch Thursday 
            to film scenes for an episode. The restaurant says that shooting should go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Looking for your 15 seconds of fame along with a side of smoked meats? The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” show will dip into North Austin barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch Thursday to film scenes for an episode. The restaurant says that shooting should go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so...
Upmarket hot dog restaurant Frank reopens in the Warehouse District
 Frank restaurant (407 Colorado St.) 
            sat dark for two weeks after the state closed the restaurant for unpaid taxes, but the restaurant reopened Friday night at 7 p.m. Owners said they were able to raise the funds that allowed them to get
            compliant with their tax debt. Frank served a full menu all weekend, including...

Posted: a day ago

Frank restaurant (407 Colorado St.) sat dark for two weeks after the state closed the restaurant for unpaid taxes, but the restaurant reopened Friday night at 7 p.m. Owners said they were able to raise the funds that allowed them to get compliant with their tax debt. Frank served a full menu all weekend, including...
J. Black’s on West Sixth Street closes
 One of the staples of booze West Sixth Street for the past decades is shuttering. J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge sent out an
            email newsletter Friday announcing that it would close after service on Saturday. The bar, lounge and eatery opened at 710
            W. Sixth St. The Manera Restaurant Group which operated 
       ...

Posted: a day ago

One of the staples of booze West Sixth Street for the past decades is shuttering. J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge sent out an email newsletter Friday announcing that it would close after service on Saturday. The bar, lounge and eatery opened at 710 W. Sixth St. The Manera Restaurant Group which operated ...
Vox Table closed suddenly yesterday before Valentine’s Day dinner
 We received an email this morning from a frustrated reader. They weren’t frustrated with us (yea!) but with the fact that
            they had received an email yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. alerting them that 
            
               Vox Table
             had closed suddenly due to a maintenance issue and therefore the emailer&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

We received an email this morning from a frustrated reader. They weren’t frustrated with us (yea!) but with the fact that they had received an email yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. alerting them that Vox Table had closed suddenly due to a maintenance issue and therefore the emailer&rsquo...
Taco Ranch may have just opened, but owner P. Terry is ready to expand
 You can almost see the lines forming now. 
               Taco Ranch
             from 
               P. Terry’s
             will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana space at 517 W. MLK Blvd. Patrick Terry says the restaurant will be open from breakfast through late night and feature a double drive-thru and the same menu as...

Posted: 4 days ago

You can almost see the lines forming now. Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana space at 517 W. MLK Blvd. Patrick Terry says the restaurant will be open from breakfast through late night and feature a double drive-thru and the same menu as...
Barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis is closed until next Wednesday
 Life happens, 
            as the Tweet from LeRoy & Lewis said this afternoon. What that means in this case is that the 
            barbecue truck from chef Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis is closed until next Wednesday. Mac-and-cheese-stuffed smoked quail at LeRoy & Lewis. The closure comes as a result of some personal matters that...

Posted: 5 days ago

Life happens, as the Tweet from LeRoy & Lewis said this afternoon. What that means in this case is that the barbecue truck from chef Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis is closed until next Wednesday. Mac-and-cheese-stuffed smoked quail at LeRoy & Lewis. The closure comes as a result of some personal matters that...
Founders of Esther’s Follies buy back the historic Tavern on Lamar Boulevard
 Esther’s Follies co-founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton purchased the historic Tavern (922. W. 12th St.) last week
            from the brothers Ellis and Austin Winstaley. The couple, who met while performing in a rock musical at the University of
            Texas in 1968, owned and operated The Tavern for several years in...

Posted: 5 days ago

Esther’s Follies co-founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton purchased the historic Tavern (922. W. 12th St.) last week from the brothers Ellis and Austin Winstaley. The couple, who met while performing in a rock musical at the University of Texas in 1968, owned and operated The Tavern for several years in...
Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Austin
 A wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day is almost impossible to resist. You could stay home and cook for your beloved, but why run the risk of overcooking the lobster or having your sauce break? Austin restaurants have a slew of special dinners planned at all price points. Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano...

Posted: 10 days ago

A wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day is almost impossible to resist. You could stay home and cook for your beloved, but why run the risk of overcooking the lobster or having your sauce break? Austin restaurants have a slew of special dinners planned at all price points. Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano...