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

Sagra closing permanently on Sunday

2:59 pm May. 25, 2016

After almost a decade in business, Italian restaurant Sagra will close its doors for good after service this Sunday. The restaurant from Sarwat and Gabriel Pellegrini, opened in the former Mars space (now Olamaie) at

The best fried chicken sandwiches in Austin

1:08 pm May. 17, 2016

When you consider that celebrated chef David Chang (Momofuku) rolled out a fried chicken-sandwich concept (Fuku) and Shake Shack added a fried chicken sandwich to its permanent menu this year, it’s safe to say that the

Taco Tuesday: Smoked gouda on a taco?!

12:43 pm May. 17, 2016

I dig cheese. I could eat a wheel of it for breakfast, follow that with a salad at lunch and come back for more cheese at dinner. So, you’d think that this steak, egg and

Conveyor-belt sushi restaurant coming to North Austin

3:27 pm May. 16, 2016

Those who’ve traveled to places like London and Tokyo have seen the phenomenon before: conveyor-belt sushi. It’s like the culinary version of the trolley that visits Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Austinites will soon have a local option for the whimsical delivery device, as Kula Revolving Sushi Bar will be one of the new tenants at the revitalized Highland Village shopping center at 6929 Airport Blvd. near North Lamar