Restaurant Review

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Take two pieces of bread, slap some food between them, and you've got yourself a sandwich. A minute to learn. A lifetime to master. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic has eaten his way through many of the city's sandwiches and has compiled a list of his 27 favorites.


Matthew Odam, Austin-American Statesman

A new food court in downtown Austin has no fast food chains. Instead, all the options come from local restaurants that normally specialize in sit-down service. We asked Austin-American Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Fareground Food Hall


Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

The slow smoked barbecue famous in Central Texas is slowly spreading nationwide and beyond, but the entirely different barbecue out of Korea has already attained worldwide popularity.

Austin has a handful of restaurants specializing in the cuisine, and we spoke to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of one of them: Charm Korean BBQ.


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A new downtown restaurant specializing in "modern Mexican" is luring customers with its fine dining take on a cuisine with close ties to Texas.

Is a place that could easily run $100 a person worth the cash? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his take on ATX Cocina


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A new Spanish restaurant opened on South Lamar Boulevard this summer, promising to add to the city's limited selection of Iberian cuisine. Does it deliver? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review


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Food made with ingredients sourced from the Texas Hill Country is the focus of a new restaurant in East Austin. We spoke with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Pitchfork Pretty.


Empanadas and other baked goods from Paraguay are featured at a new cafe and bakery on Montopolis Drive near Riverside Drive. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam tells us about his review of Cafe Nena'i.


Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

A new fried chicken joint in the Mueller Development is bringing back a classic Austin brand with a heavy dose of nostalgia. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of J.T. Youngblood's.

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Among the new restaurants popping up on Burnet Road in North Austin is a French-inspired place the owners describe as a cross between Waffle House and a French bistro.

We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Bonhomie


Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

A restaurant that opened in 1946 in Austin's Bouldin Creek neighborhood just got a major overhaul. Green Pastures is now Mattie's at Green Pastures.

Does the new food live up to the character and history of the establishment? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

A food truck on East Cesar Chavez is serving up street food from northern Thailand. We get a review of Dee Dee Thai from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

The bánh mì is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich that blends ingredients from France and Vietnam. With Austin's large number of Vietnamese restaurants, there is no shortage of places to try. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic spoke to us about his new list of his ten favorite places in the city to order a bánh mì. 

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A mash-up of a Texas smokehouse and Japanese bar food is drawing crowds to a restaurant on East 2nd Street near Pleasant Valley Road. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam for his review of Kemuri Tatsu-Ya.


Ricard Brazziell, Austin American-Statesman

The Chinese flavors at Old Thousand on East 11th Street might not be the most traditional or authentic you've tasted, but they're still delicious, according to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. We spoke with him about his review.


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A new steakhouse in downtown Austin aims at offering a contemporary, lively atmosphere to enjoy classic dishes. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam for his review of Red Ash.


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What used to be a printing building on South Lamar has been converted to a glitzy new restaurant-bar called Eberly. Does the food live up to the decor? We ask Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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The chef behind three Jack Allen's Kitchen locations in the Austin-area has a new restaurant, and the focus is seafood. We spoke to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review


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We get a taste of some of the Austin-area restaurant openings in 2017 from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam


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A restaurant blending American and French bistro influences on South Congress Avenue is a neatly packaged concept by the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group, which runs a growing number of restaurants in Austin.

But is there substance to match the style?

We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of June's All Day


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A new restaurant on the U.S. 290 access road between Central Market and Brodie Lane is serving thin pizzas quickly baked in a 900 degree wood-fired oven imported from Italy.

Are the Neapolitan pizzas worth the trip to Cane Rosso? We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review


Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

A restaurant in the newly redeveloped Seaholm District serves food cooked over an open flame in a cold, modern space. We asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Boiler Nine Bar + Grill.


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If you need help deciding where to eat, a new dining guide by Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam could help you narrow it down. We asked him about some of his choices. 


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An Italian restaurant in the Mueller Development is run by a chef who used to work at the nationally famous Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street. What do Italian food and barbecue have in common? KUT's Nathan Bernier finds out from Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


Rodolfo Gonzalez, Austin American-Statesman

Inside the new Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin is restaurant called Geraldine's that aims to attract locals and tourists alike. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review.


Austin's Mediterranean food options have grown over the past few years, but still aren't as widespread as fans of the cuisine would desire. KUT's Nathan Bernier gets some recommendations from Austin-American Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.


Restaurant Review: Otoko

Jul 7, 2016
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Otoko offers high end Japanese food, but it's also one of Austin's most expensive restaurants with a fixed price menu starting at $150. Is it worth it? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his latest review


Restaurant Review: Chicon

Jun 23, 2016
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The owners of a failed East Austin restaurant have opened a more accessible dining experience in the same location. KUT's Nathan Bernier speaks to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Chicon


Deborah Cannon, Austin American-Statesman

A Peruvian restaurant in a strip mall in North Austin has graduated from the food court. Is Lima Criolla worth a trek to the Linc Austin shopping center? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


Fried chicken sandwiches are enjoying renewed popularity, and there are a growing number of options in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new top ten favorite chicken sandwiches.

Ricardo B. Brazziell, Austin American-Statesman

One of Austin's first food trailer parks was cleared to make way for a locally owned boutique hotel, and it includes several dining options. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


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