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

Austin Restaurants: Dog-friendly

12:00 pm Feb. 25, 2015

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I regularly provide restaurant recommendations broken down by category. This week: Places you can go enjoy a meal with your four-legged friends. Please make sure to keep your little buddy on a leash (and

Coming soon: Spartan Pizza opens March 2

12:35 pm Feb. 24, 2015

Spartan Pizza will open its first brick-and-mortar location on March 2 at 1007 E. Sixth St., just across the street from where Spartan has operated in a trailer since 2009.

The restaurant, owned by husband-and-wife

Chaat Shop chef to host pop-up dinner at Congress

3:15 pm Feb. 17, 2015

Joshua Thomas, chef and owner of the Indian food truck Chaat Shop, will serve a five-course prix fixe menu at chef David Bull’s fine-dining restaurant Congress on February 24.

The menu will include Vada Pav (toasted