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

Exclusive: Mediterranean fast-casual Cava opens first Austin location next week
 Capitalizing on the modern trend of healthy, fast-casual-style dining and the group’s success in states across the country,
               
               
                  Cava
                will officially open in the Austin market on Tuesday. Cava is a Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean fast-casual concept. (Contributed) The...

Posted: a minute ago

Capitalizing on the modern trend of healthy, fast-casual-style dining and the group’s success in states across the country, Cava will officially open in the Austin market on Tuesday. Cava is a Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean fast-casual concept. (Contributed) The...
Legendary Lockhart restaurant Black’s BBQ now open in New Braunfels
 A legendary Texas barbecue joint expanded its empire yesterday, as 
            Lockhart-based Black’s BBQ opened in New Braunfels at 936 Loop 337. Located in a former Rudy’s Country Store, which moved just down the road, the restaurant serves almost all
            of the same traditional cuts of smoked meat (minus baby...

Posted: a minute ago

A legendary Texas barbecue joint expanded its empire yesterday, as Lockhart-based Black’s BBQ opened in New Braunfels at 936 Loop 337. Located in a former Rudy’s Country Store, which moved just down the road, the restaurant serves almost all of the same traditional cuts of smoked meat (minus baby...
P. Terry’s near the airport opens this weekend
 Just landed back in Austin and want to remind yourself exactly where you are? Starting this weekend you’ll be able to swing
            through the new drive-thru-only 
            P. Terry’s for a taste of Austin. The local chain opens its airport-area location at 1551 Texas 71 on 
            Saturday. The modernist structure...

Posted: 43 minutes ago

Just landed back in Austin and want to remind yourself exactly where you are? Starting this weekend you’ll be able to swing through the new drive-thru-only P. Terry’s for a taste of Austin. The local chain opens its airport-area location at 1551 Texas 71 on Saturday. The modernist structure...
Vegan ice cream purveyors Nada Moo open just in time for summer
 No longer are you only able to buy 
               Nada Moo
             frozen treats in grocers and shops around town. Nada Moo, which makes coconut-milk-based ice cream and was one of the early movers in the vegan ice cream world in Austin, has taken over the Venezia Gelato space at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd. The shop is operating under limited...

Posted: 9 hours ago

No longer are you only able to buy Nada Moo frozen treats in grocers and shops around town. Nada Moo, which makes coconut-milk-based ice cream and was one of the early movers in the vegan ice cream world in Austin, has taken over the Venezia Gelato space at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd. The shop is operating under limited...
Taco Tuesday: Mi Trailita on Manor Road
 One of many reasons I still love changing Austin: I can still easily discover a great taco truck that’s been hiding in plain
            sight for years. Mi Trailita is located on the part of Manor Road just north of 51st Street that serves more as a getting-to-somewhere
            road or shortcut than a destination for me. This trailer...

Posted: a day ago

One of many reasons I still love changing Austin: I can still easily discover a great taco truck that’s been hiding in plain sight for years. Mi Trailita is located on the part of Manor Road just north of 51st Street that serves more as a getting-to-somewhere road or shortcut than a destination for me. This trailer...
East Austin restaurant Chicon is closing
 East Austin will soon be down one restaurant. Chicon, the casual sister restaurant of ranch-inspired Contigo, will close following
               service this Saturday. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The restaurant from Edgewise, the hospitality group run by owners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart, was the second concept
...

Posted: 2 days ago

East Austin will soon be down one restaurant. Chicon, the casual sister restaurant of ranch-inspired Contigo, will close following service this Saturday. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The restaurant from Edgewise, the hospitality group run by owners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart, was the second concept ...
Winner Winner rotisserie now serving lunch and dinner on US 290
 A rotisserie chicken and vegetables has a long been a staple for a quick, easy and relatively healthy and well-balanced meal
            from grocery stores. Now a restaurant in Southwest Austin is taking cues from the convenient concept. 
            
               Winner Winner
             serves lunch and dinner, with a menu that...

Posted: 2 days ago

A rotisserie chicken and vegetables has a long been a staple for a quick, easy and relatively healthy and well-balanced meal from grocery stores. Now a restaurant in Southwest Austin is taking cues from the convenient concept. Winner Winner serves lunch and dinner, with a menu that...
Anthony Bourdain revealed to us the world and ourselves
 My wife and I went to Thailand last year on our honeymoon. Had we never known of Anthony Bourdain, we might have just headed for Hawaii (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But Bourdain changed me. And not just me. Bourdain changed the restaurant world. He changed the travel world. And he changed the media world. In no small...

Posted: 7 days ago

My wife and I went to Thailand last year on our honeymoon. Had we never known of Anthony Bourdain, we might have just headed for Hawaii (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But Bourdain changed me. And not just me. Bourdain changed the restaurant world. He changed the travel world. And he changed the media world. In no small...
Sandra Bullock’s Walton’s Fancy & Staple now serving happy hour
 Bakery, sandwich shop, florist … you can now add “happy hour destination” to the descriptors of 
               
                  Walton’s Fancy & Staple
               , the Sandra Bullock-owned business in the historic Market District building at 609 W. Sixth St. (Credit: Megan LaPrelle) EveryThursday-Saturday...

Posted: 7 days ago

Bakery, sandwich shop, florist … you can now add “happy hour destination” to the descriptors of Walton’s Fancy & Staple , the Sandra Bullock-owned business in the historic Market District building at 609 W. Sixth St. (Credit: Megan LaPrelle) EveryThursday-Saturday...
Popular Austin vegan ice cream brand opening first shop on South Lamar
 One of the early movers in the vegan ice cream world in Austin, 
            Nada Moo is getting its own home. No longer will you be able to only buy Nada Moo in grocers and shops around town. Nada Moo, which
            makes coconut-milk-based “ice cream,” has taken over the Venezia Gelato (RIP) space at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd....

Posted: 7 days ago

One of the early movers in the vegan ice cream world in Austin, Nada Moo is getting its own home. No longer will you be able to only buy Nada Moo in grocers and shops around town. Nada Moo, which makes coconut-milk-based “ice cream,” has taken over the Venezia Gelato (RIP) space at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd....