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

Where to eat oysters in Austin

3:58 pm Jan. 24, 2017

The weather’s prime for oyster eating. Whether you like sweet ones,briny ones, or the fat ones with whispers of iodine straight from the Gulf of Mexico, Austin has dozens of choices for oysters.

Alcomar. 1816 S.

Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Austin

3:40 pm Jan. 24, 2017

The clock is ticking so loudly now that you can hear it from Spicewood to Georgetown. Many Austin-area restaurants are serving special fixed menus on Valentine’s Day, and the surrounding days. Get your reservations locked

Salt Lick evacuated Tuesday, will reopen Wednesday

8:36 pm Dec. 27, 2016

Salt Lick evacuated the restaurant in Driftwood Tuesday evening after smoke from a vent fire in the banquet area entered the dining room. The restaurant will reopen with regular hours Wednesday at 11 a.m. Nobody was hurt in the fire and the restaurant received no significant damage.

One Twitter user was on the scene: