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

Events: Apis welcomes chefs from Barley Swine, Lenoir, Otoko and more

3:20 pm May. 13, 2016

Spicewood restaurant and apiary Apis welcomes a Murderer’s Row of Austin restaurants for its first Guest Chef Series of the year. Chefs from five of the best restaurants in Austin will collaborate on a a seven-course dinner with pairings of Spicewood Vineyards wine by Apis’ Jose Sapien. The dinner takes place at the restaurant on May 22.

The dinner is limited to 55 guests, with tickets costing $75 ($135 with pairings).


Backspace is the pizza-parlor sibling (and next-door neighbor) to chef Shawn Cirkiel's East Sixth Street bistro called Parkside.

Austin Restaurants: Get cozy at these places

12:46 pm May. 13, 2016

Restaurant listings

When rain threatens, consider one of these cozy restaurants. More restaurants broken down by category here.

Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, Authentic Italian in North Austin with a family-owned vibe.

Austin Land & Cattle. 1205

Austin restaurants: Where to eat on Mother’s Day

7:11 pm May. 4, 2016

If you’re not making brunch (or breakfast or dinner) for mom, you better be taking her out somewhere to eat this Mother’s Day. Many restaurants that serve brunch are featuring specials on the upcoming holiday.

Now open: Hanabi at Gateway

12:12 pm May. 4, 2016

Hanabi Japanese Cuisine opened at 9503 Research Blvd. Ste 500 in the Gateway Shopping Centers next to Aaron Brothers. Like the original location on Burnet Road, the new Hanabi serves sashimi sushi, rolls, noodle bowls,