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

Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

4:01 pm Dec. 7, 2017

Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (check websites of your favorites), below is a

Now open: Italian deli La Matta in East Austin

9:05 am Dec. 6, 2017

Austin longs for more quality sandwich shops, so the opening of La Matta in East Austin should come as welcome news to sandwich lovers (present company included).  New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa

Franklin Barbecue reopens next week

1:09 pm Nov. 16, 2017

The long wait for barbecue lovers (and the Franklins and their staff) is over: Franklin Barbecue will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The restaurant will be back to doing regular lunch business but will limit their pre-orders