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

20 Austin restaurants for day drinking on a weekday

8:15 am Dec. 8, 2017

Maybe work got cancelled due to weather. Maybe you have friends in from out of town. Maybe you’re playing hooky. Or maybe you’re just thirsty. Dip into one of these Austin restaurants for some day

The back patio at Blue Dahlia Bistro on East 11th Street is one of the best outdoor dining spots in town.

Austin Restaurants: Dining outdoors

10:30 am Oct. 6, 2016

It is finally starting to feel like the sun is not acting out some sort of cosmic vendetta against us. We can once again enjoy a dinner (or, gasp, even lunch) outside. Fortunately, there are

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