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

Video: Review of Kyoten Sushiko

12:50 pm Nov. 3, 2016

Austin’s hottest new sushi restaurant is Kyoten Sushiko and it has everything: a quirky, obsessive chef; exceptional food; a server who does his dry cleaning in a bathtub; and all of the charm of an unfurnished model apartment.

Apologies to Bill Hader’s Stefon character from “Saturday Night Live,” but I kept slipping back into that absurd and lovable character’s voice when trying to explain the surreal experience of dining at chef

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,

Video: SXSW Eats: The long road to feeding the fest

12:28 pm Mar. 17, 2015

SouthBites, a pop-up food trailer park the corner of Red River and Driskill Streets, showcases the energy of our city’s food trailer scene. While most are from Austin, a few selected trailers drove in from out of town including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Columbus, Ohio; The Modular Unit of Houston, Texas and Nomad’s Street Cuisine of Fort Collins, Colorado. SouthBites Trailer Park is open March 13th – 21st, 11am