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

Food & Wine names Launderette one of 10 Best New Restaurants in America

8:57 am Jun. 8, 2016

Executive chef Rene Ortiz’s vivacious (in flavor and in disposition) East Austin restaurant Launderette has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in America by Food & Wine magazine. The restaurant, which opened in March of 2015, joined a list that includes restaurants such as Shaya in New Orleans, Death & Taxes in Raleigh and Locol in Los Angeles. It’s been a big year for Launderette,

Austin chefs nab three James Beard finalist nods

12:08 pm Mar. 15, 2016

Bryce Gilmore is having another exciting year. He moved his beloved farm-to-table restaurant, Barley Swine, to Burnet Road earlier this year, and today he received his fourth consecutive finalist nod from the James Beard Foundation