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Matthew Odam


Matthew Odam is the restaurant critic and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where he also covers the local film scene and writes film criticism. The Austin native and seventh-generation Texas has worked for the Statesman since 2007.

Before coming to the Statesman, Odam co-edited, worked at an advertising agency and led tours of the Roman Forum, among other things. When not working, he can be found enjoying many of the things that make Austin great: Barton Springs pool, music concerts, Lady Bird Lake, the Alamo Drafthouse and Violet Crown Cinema, area golf courses and the nearby Hill Country.

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Austin Restaurants: Special occasion dining

Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, celebrating a raise or you just want to treat yourself, these special occasion restaurants fir the bill. They’re what some people used to call “fancy restaurants,” though ...

Jack Gilmore, chef at Jack Allen's Kitchen.

Jack Allen's Kitchen to open on Loop 360

Jack Allen’s Kitchen will open its fourth location in late fall at 3600 Loop 360 in the space previously occupied by Trento Italian restaurant.  “We thought very long and hard about where to place our next location, and we really couldn’t have found a better spot," chef-owner Jack Gilmore said. ...

For the second year in a row, Tyson Cole ran away with Saturday night’s Rock Your Taco contest, the signature evening event of the Austin Food & Wine Festival . Cole wowed the judges (and the crowd) with his Uchi-inspired interpretation of a taco: hamachi, roe, apple and chopped Marcona almonds folded in a thin sheet of dried yuca.

Video: Tyson Cole and Philip Speer of Team Uchi prepare to Rock Your Taco at AFWF

Saturday's Rock Your Taco event at Republic Square Park has proven to be one of the biggest draws of the Austin Food & Wine Festival weekend. More than a dozen big name chefs from Austin and around the country compete for a panel of esteemed judges, while handing out about ...

Food Republic Interview Lounge at W Hotel welcomes big names from food and comedy Friday

Dining and lifestyle website Food Republic returns to Austin this weekend for the Austin Food & Wine Festival and will once again host an Interview Lounge at the W Hotel. Food Republic editor Richard Martin will host a day of conversation with chefs, restaurant owners and authors, as well as ...

WeatherUp to start brunch service and bi-monthly supper club

East Austin bar WeatherUp (1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.), which last summer brought on chef Kristine Kittrell of Mulberry, will start serving Sunday brunch this weekend. Service will run from noon to 4 p.m. WeatherUp will start Saturday brunch next week. Details on the brunch menu are forthcoming. Kittrell also ...

My recommended dining schedule for Austin Give 5% Earth Day campaign

Local businesses are celebrating Earth Day (Tuesday) by donating five percent of their sales to seven non-profits dedicated to supporting the environment (Urban Roots, Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, Texas Land Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Clean Water Fund and Treefolks.) Participating restaurants include 24 ...

Scene report: Rain couldn't stop the party at Austin Food & Wine Alliance's Live Fire!

A steady mist didn’t keep a sold-out crowd from flocking to the Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s annual Live Fire! event Thursday night at the Salt Lick Pavilion. Aaron Franklin and Paul Qui were on familiar ground as the belles of the ball. Their dance cards filled up quickly, with ...

Tapas Bravas owners open Southeast Asian trailer Tiger Lily

The owners of Spanish food truck Tapas Bravas open Tiger Lily today at the Midway Food Park (1905 Loop 360). The truck serves Southeast Asian street food inspired by the owners’ travels. The menu includes sweet and spicy pickled cucumber ($4), Vietnamese chicken wings ($9), Asian street corn ($6) and ...

A sign at 3110 Guadalupe St #150 indicates that Black's Barbecue will soon be moving into the old Boomerang's space.

Black's Barbecue coming to Central Austin

Update: Kent Black of Black's Barbecue in Lockhart confirms that his family's business will expand its reach to Guadalupe Street this summer. The Blacks will bring in their barbecue daily from the Lockhart location. They hope to open sometime this summer. Kent Black also reiterated that Terry Black's Barbecue, owned ...

The Detroiter and Herbivore at Via 313 on East Sixth Street.

Trailer trio: Detroit-style pizza, a taste of Spain and tasty tacos

Via 3131111 E. Sixth St. 512-939-1927; 61 Rainey St. 512-609-9405, people in Austin hadn’t heard the term “Detroit-style pizza” when brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt opened their Via 313 food truck outside East Austin’s Violet Crown Social Club in December 2011.The truth is, most people in Detroit probably didn’t ...


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