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

JuiceLand opens new Balcones location on Saturday

3:52 pm Jan. 12, 2018

JuiceLand, the locally owned purveyors of fresh-juice smoothies, cold-pressed juices and plant-based grab-and-go meals, will open at 5521 Balcones Drive Suite B on Saturday (January 13). It will be JuiceLand’s 20th Austin-area location.

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Mad Greens opens downtown on Wednesday

9:13 am Jan. 9, 2018

Downtown denizens looking for quick and healthy meals have a new options. Mad Greens, the Colorado chain that opened its first Austin location at Domain Northside last April, has opened at 419 W. Second St.

Confituras opens jam and biscuit shop off South Lamar

8:35 am Jan. 3, 2018

Confituras owner Stephanie McClenny has been delivering tasty preserves made with local ingredients to Austinites since 2010. Her efforts have nabbed awards, national attention and grant money from the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

Restaurants scheduled to open in Austin in 2018

10:20 am Jan. 2, 2018

The Austin restaurant scene has had a wobbly couple of years. But this one was better than last year, and I expect next year to be even better.

Some of my favorite trailers (Valentina’s Tex-Mex and