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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

Saigon Le Vendeur opens Le Bleu in North Austin, serving expanded bánh mì and more
 The makers of 
            the best bánh mì in the city now have more space to ply their trade. Chef Tebi Nguyen has been making the Vietnamese sandwiches out of his East Austin
            trailer and now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant space at 9070 Research Blvd. (at the southwest corner of Burnet Road). Tebi Nguyen is...

Posted: 2 days ago

The makers of the best bánh mì in the city now have more space to ply their trade. Chef Tebi Nguyen has been making the Vietnamese sandwiches out of his East Austin trailer and now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant space at 9070 Research Blvd. (at the southwest corner of Burnet Road). Tebi Nguyen is...
Rainey Street Mexican restaurant El Naranjo now serving lunch
 Chef Iliana de la Vega’s 
            El Naranjo on Rainey Street has been one of the best options for a Mexican dinner in Austin for years. It’s now one of the best choices
            for lunch. Traditional Mexican food restaurant, El Naranjo, on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas.
               (Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)...

Posted: 2 days ago

Chef Iliana de la Vega’s El Naranjo on Rainey Street has been one of the best options for a Mexican dinner in Austin for years. It’s now one of the best choices for lunch. Traditional Mexican food restaurant, El Naranjo, on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas. (Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)...
The newly opened Brewer’s Table celebrates beer and cuisine equally
 The harmony of brewing and cuisine found a new expression this week when the Brewer’s Table opened at 4715 E. Fifth St. in East Austin. The restaurant founded by longtime beer veteran Jake Maddux focuses equally on food and craft brewing, exploring the duo’s essential similarities and the ways in which wood influences...

Posted: 2 days ago

The harmony of brewing and cuisine found a new expression this week when the Brewer’s Table opened at 4715 E. Fifth St. in East Austin. The restaurant founded by longtime beer veteran Jake Maddux focuses equally on food and craft brewing, exploring the duo’s essential similarities and the ways in which wood influences...
Look inside the Brewer’s Table, which opens Thursday in East Austin
 The harmony of brewing and cuisine found a new expression this week when 
            
               the Brewer’s Table
             opened at 4715 E. Fifth St. in East Austin. The restaurant founded by longtime beer veteran 
            Jake Maddux focuses equally on food and craft brewing, exploring the duo&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

The harmony of brewing and cuisine found a new expression this week when  the Brewer’s Table  opened at 4715 E. Fifth St. in East Austin. The restaurant founded by longtime beer veteran  Jake Maddux focuses equally on food and craft brewing, exploring the duo&rsquo...
Rudy’s Bar-B-Q opens on North Lamar this week
 The city is getting in on that country vibe this week, as 
            Rudy’s Bar-B-Q opens its first location in the heart of town. The restaurant will open 
            Thursday at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. 
            in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill. The first 100 guests to arrive on...

Posted: 5 days ago

The city is getting in on that country vibe this week, as Rudy’s Bar-B-Q opens its first location in the heart of town. The restaurant will open Thursday at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill. The first 100 guests to arrive on...
South Austin favorite Polvos opens downtown location
 There’s a new option for Mexican food in downtown Austin. 
            Oscar “Polvo” Linares opened a the newest location of his eponymous restaurant at 310 Nueces St. in the 360 Condominium tower.
               The space previously housed Prelog’s and before that Garrido’s. Polvos at 310 Nueces St. (Matthew...

Posted: 5 days ago

There’s a new option for Mexican food in downtown Austin. Oscar “Polvo” Linares opened a the newest location of his eponymous restaurant at 310 Nueces St. in the 360 Condominium tower. The space previously housed Prelog’s and before that Garrido’s. Polvos at 310 Nueces St. (Matthew...
104.9 The Horn hosting a barbecue cook-off Saturday at Horn Bash
 We all love the great barbecue places that Austin and Central Texas have to offer. But one of the great things about barbecue
            is that there are some amateurs out there who have just as much passion and knowledge as some of the pros. This weekend, 104.9
            The Horn hosts its 
            Horn Bash and an amateur barbecue...

Posted: 8 days ago

We all love the great barbecue places that Austin and Central Texas have to offer. But one of the great things about barbecue is that there are some amateurs out there who have just as much passion and knowledge as some of the pros. This weekend, 104.9 The Horn hosts its Horn Bash and an amateur barbecue...
Cavalier celebrates grand opening in former Dog & Duck Pub space this weekend
 A new bar with a scruffy soul and led by industry veterans has taken over the short-lived 
               Dog & Duck Pub space at 2400 Webberville Road. 
               
                  The Cavalier
               , which serves a food menu that riffs on smart Southern comfort, opened in March and will celebrate its grand opening...

Posted: 9 days ago

A new bar with a scruffy soul and led by industry veterans has taken over the short-lived Dog & Duck Pub space at 2400 Webberville Road.  The Cavalier , which serves a food menu that riffs on smart Southern comfort, opened in March and will celebrate its grand opening...
Hudson’s Hill Country now open in the former Hudson’s on the Bend space
 One of Central Texas’ great legacy restaurants has been rebooted. Again. 
            Hudson’s Hill Country announced 
            Tuesday on Facebook that it is now open for dinner daily from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is housed in the Lakeway-area space Jeff Blank made
            famous starting in 1984. The dining area at...

Posted: 9 days ago

One of Central Texas’ great legacy restaurants has been rebooted. Again. Hudson’s Hill Country announced Tuesday on Facebook that it is now open for dinner daily from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is housed in the Lakeway-area space Jeff Blank made famous starting in 1984. The dining area at...
Windsor Park neighborhood welcomes all-day restaurant Hank’s
 The Windsor Park neighborhood just north of Mueller has a new casual yet sophisticated dining option. Andy Means and Jessie Katz have opened 
               Hank’s
            , a restaurant, bar and coffee shop at 5811 Berkman Drive. The restaurant is an evolution of the couple’s former South Lamar Boulevard wine bar, Henri&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Windsor Park neighborhood just north of Mueller has a new casual yet sophisticated dining option. Andy Means and Jessie Katz have opened Hank’s , a restaurant, bar and coffee shop at 5811 Berkman Drive. The restaurant is an evolution of the couple’s former South Lamar Boulevard wine bar, Henri&rsquo...