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

Kyōten Sushiko opens next week

11:29 am Jun. 29, 2016

Austin’s sushi landscape is about to welcome a new/old face. Chet Otto Phan will open his Kyōten Sushiko next Wedneday at the Mueller development.

The restaurant will initially only serve omakase-style dinners (chef’s tasting menu of

Striped bass at Chicon. (Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Watch: Restaurant review of Chicon in East Austin

12:37 pm Jun. 23, 2016

Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart closed their fine dining, veggie-centric Gardner earlier this year. But they didn’t walk away from the restaurant. They revamped the menu and design to create the more casual Chicon,

A Verts doner kebap. (Credit: Jay Janner AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Verts giving away free kebaps on Saturday

11:37 am Jun. 22, 2016

Verts has exploded since it opened its first location five years ago. The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant now has more than 30 locations across Texas, is expanding to the East Coast this fall and hired