Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Closed: A-OK Chinese on South Lamar

9:26 pm Nov. 26, 2014

After eight months in business, A-OK Chinese has closed its doors at 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. The Americanized Chinese fast-casual restaurant was guided by former Alamo Drafthouse chef John Bullington and longtime Austin restaurant

Austin restaurant: Where to eat while holiday shopping

11:39 am Nov. 25, 2014

You’re going to need energy (and a break) when you head out for holiday shopping. Below I offer some dining choices near major shopping areas. I generally stuck to locally-owned businesses, with a few exceptions.

Home Slice postpones Carnival O’ Pizza

12:54 pm Nov. 20, 2014

The pizza-eating contests, hands-on-an-eggplant-sub endurance marathon, carnival games, and general merriment will have to wait a few weeks. Due to the chance of inclement weather, Home Slice Pizza is postponing its annual Carnival O’ Pizza