Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.
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Now open: East Side King’s Thai-Kun at the Domain

10:43 am Feb. 26, 2016

The Domain continues to grow, using established local businesses like East Side King’s Thai-Kun as building blocks. The Thai-centric food truck from the empire co-founded by Paul Qui (named one of the 10 best new restaurants in American by Bon Appetit in 2014) now has a brick-and-mortar location at the complex’s Rock Rose development (11601 Rock Rose Ave.).

The menu from Qui, Moto Utsunomiya and Thailand native Thai Changhtong

Grit-fried chicken tacos. (Credit: Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Taco Tuesday: Grit-fried chicken taco (gluten free)

2:38 pm Feb. 23, 2016

Living in Austin means you can look beyond Mexican restaurants and trailers for tacos. Especially if the person calling the shots in the kitchen is from Texas. This Dallas-raised chef shows proper respect for his

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Dish of the week: Grilled pork banh mi

5:01 pm Feb. 22, 2016

Gently sweet grilled pork? Check. Tangy, crunchy pickled carrot and daikon? Check and check. Floral cilantro, fierce raw jalapeno and homemade mayonnaise? Check, check and check. Housemade French baguettes? Well, seven-and-a-half out of eight isn’t

Opening this week: Mettle transforms to Bayou-centric Ophelia

2:03 pm Feb. 22, 2016

Update: Due to unforeseen issues, the opening of Ophelia will be delayed (possibly until next week).

The space that previously housed Bridget Dunlap’s bistro Mettle transforms to Bayou-centric Ophelia this week. The bluesy restaurant and bar, which will feature creole dishes crafted by Lynzy Moran of Baton Creole food truck, is slated to open Wednesday.

A press release for the new hang bills the spot as “naughty by night and healing