Restaurant critic & travel writer @Statesman @Austin360. Email modam@statesman.com IG: @matthewodam
RT @erinbooke: I'm very excited to announce our search for a new Restaurant Critic @dallasnews! I wrote a piece about the importance of thi…
Best Thing I Ate This Week stars a dish of crab and butternut squash from Vixen's Wedding that is a beautiful symphony of textures and flavors. austin360.com/article/202001… https://t.co/THaujqYe0a
RT @BlakeMurphyODC: An emotional Pascal Siakam on his All-Star selection and wishing his father was here for it. https://t.co/BtXdgpl0mm
After weeks of rumors and troubling off-the-record tales of mismanagement, @statesman reporting that, “Trudy's, a staple in Austin's Tex-Mex restaurant scene since 1977, has filed for bankruptcy protection.” statesman.com/business/20200…
What can you expect at a Goan-inspired restaurant? Why did @lenoiratx owners decide to open one? And what is Condo Canyon? Answers to all of these questions and more in my review of Vixen's Wedding. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/cAfB11fmTA
Why watch Lone Star 911, or whatever it's called, when you can just read @webbeditor? twitter.com/webbeditor/sta…
Why watch Lone Star 911, or whatever it's called, when you can just read @webbeditor? twitter.com/webbeditor/sta…
Want a mezzanine seat to see Terry Allen in 15 minutes @ParamountAustin? Hit me up soon. #TexasForever
RT @nytimes: The Trump administration moved to further roll back school nutrition standards, championed by Michelle Obama, that required sc…
RT @joelgoodman: I guess the secret's out now that @odam's written about Las Abuelas... austin360.com/entertainmentl…
Mini chocolate chip brownies from @CentralMarket are my weakness. Ok, one of my weaknesses. But a pretty big one.
RT @johnaugust: Greta Gerwig joins for today’s Scriptnotes, where we talk adaptation, authorship and sneaking pages back into her Oscar-nom…
RT @pdorsey: Rail likely option in 2020 transit bond statesman.com/news/20200114/…
RT @AustinBloggy: City of Austin reveals new plan for public transportation. People on Facebook who have never used public transportation…
Lulu B's founder Laura Bayer hired as new head chef at She's Not Here, will do away with sushi in favor of Southeast Asian flavors. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/RCR9idyVVR
Sports teams change players, owners, coaches, GMs, uniforms and stadiums. That’s why I cheer for fan bases. And nobody can take away the joy my friends and family experienced watching the Astros win the World Series in 2017 and make another run in 2019, asterisks be damned.
Bill O’Brien is 54-42 over his first six seasons as Texans head coach, with a 2-4 playoff record. Jason Garrett was 53-43 in his first six seasons as Cowboys head coach, with a 1-2 record in playoffs. I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well.
Texans money line currently at +3300, if anyone is feeling frisky.
Has anyone written about the very entertaining KNIVES OUT as metaphor for ST*R W*RS, with Marta serving as stand-in for @rianjohnson and the aggrieved, entitled and hostile family members representing SW fanatics? Or maybe I had one too many whiskeys @drafthouse.
RT @JulieChang1: Professional update: My @statesman bosses have graciously promoted me to the local investigative team where I will be digg…
This must infuriate @EvilMopacATX: Only 18 minutes to go 12 miles in the heart of rush hour. #HailNo https://t.co/fvCqB7iHx6
Hard to disageee when you see this All-Pro level of sidle. https://t.co/zJeF0GYlPK twitter.com/emilyglazer/st…
Clown show. I’ve been to 0 out of 100, if that tells you anything. twitter.com/jmcvearry/stat…
RT @jojo_shea: "[New Orleans] feels plucked out of time... with its jazz funerals, second lines, above-ground tombs and history of natural…
My wife and I knew this Christmas would be our hardest ever, so we escaped family ritual and headed to #NewOrleans to find comfort and distraction at places like Clancy's, Cure, Molly's Rise and Shine, Brennan's, Compère Lapin, Snug Harbor and more. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/cQt2Np9hVY
“The time has come to weigh those things This space is gettin' hot” twitter.com/steven_hyden/s…
RT @brettmartin: Because to really know a man, you need to get inside his pants. Or something like that. My time in Larry World. https://t.…
Team behind Carpenter Hotel adds @chefjoseandres protégé and Texas native @chefjhernandez as culinary director. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/R1HH4DXj9N
RT @EricAsimov: Make no mistake, the Trump administration’s threat to impose 100 percent tariffs on EU wines and other goods will be catast…
Sounds like Daniel Johnston's beloved "Jeremiah the Innocent" isn't going anywhere, despite Thai, How Are You closing. austin360.com/article/202001… https://t.co/upnYPBunJQ
The Bonneville saying goodbye after seven years downtown. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/nb41XNlvKw
A Go Fund Me has been established for the widow and son of Jonathan Aguilar, the longtime @FREEBIRDS_WB South Congress kitchen manager who was killed in the seemingly random knife attack last week. gofundme.com/f/the-johnthan…
RT @BoClearman: Some people resolve to climb the Himalayan Mt. Everest. My quest starts at a Himalayan restaurant to eat at the top 50 rest…
Damn, UNCUT GEMS! Kudos to @JOSH_BENNY and their crew. Kinetic, visceral, anxiety-producing movie that deserves Oscar noms for best picture, direction, cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing and, of course, acting. Sandler’s best work ever.
Damn, UNCUT GEMS! Kudos to @JOSH_BENNY and their crew. Kinetic, visceral, anxiety-producing movie that deserves Oscar noms for direction, cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing and, of course, best actor. Sandler’s best work ever.
RT @pamelacolloff: One of my resolutions: consuming fewer podcasts, and instead listening (via Audm) to magazine articles. So far I’ve “rea…
REMINDER: Liquor stores in Texas are CLOSED on New Year's DAY. https://t.co/pqVOjBwo61
RT @mikefinger: As we look back on the 2010s, here is a thread featuring all of my favorite work that you did not click on the first time a…
I will be dining at home on #NYE (I think), but if I was looking to dine out, I would take a hard look @BarleySwine, Emmer & Rye, @FNDaustin or @PitchforkPretty. Have fun. Eat well. Be safe. austin360.com/entertainmentl…
RT @seasonforcaring: It just takes one thing after another to plunge a family into unbelievable debt. How can you help @statesman #seasonfo…
With all of the changes/construction, I guess it was inevitable, but still sad to see ZAX RESTAURANT & BAR close after NYE. My memories of that place date back to 2003, when I lived a block from it. Jeffrey Lynd was one of the city's great operators. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/jIu5PTIfEE
RT @Longreads: 50 stories, 59+ writers, 432,552 words, one year: longreads.com/2019/12/09/lon…
RT @odam: The most important/influential Austin restaurant openings of the decade, starring @BarleySwine, @DaiDue, Emmer & Rye, @FranklinBb…
There are already people in New Orleans who have arrived for the sugar bowl. It is four days away. God bless their souls. #gohardorgohome
Three barbecue restaurants!! Don’t tell @BBQsnob.
The most important/influential Austin restaurant openings of the decade, starring @BarleySwine, @DaiDue, Emmer & Rye, @FranklinBbq, @Justines1937, @LeRoyandLewis, MMH, @OlamaieAustin, @ramentatsu_ya, @suerteatx, @Valstexmexbbq and @Via313Pizza austin360.com/entertainmentl…
 
@OlamaieAustin @ramentatsu_ya @suerteatx @Valstexmexbbq Of the decade?! We are honored 😎🍕
10 great dishes from Austin’s best new restaurants of 2019. Starring Asia Market, Comedor, @D3Tatsu_ya, Interstellar BBQ, @jesterkingbeer, Little Thailand, Nixta Taqueria, TLV at Fareground, Uroko and Vixen’s Wedding. See you in 2020! austin360.com/entertainmentl…
Mulled wine on Jackson Square served by Chris Hannah of Jewel of the South is definitely a Christmas tradition I can get behind. h/t @brettmartin https://t.co/07uBzxujm2
RT @seasonforcaring: We would love to see this family who helped U.S. aide organizations make it in their chosen careers @statesman #season…
RT @seasonforcaring: $500,000+ raised but many of our families still have a lot of needs on their wish lists. How can you help @statesman #…
@odam I am doing the dreaded “you should write about X” thing here, but: would love to hear about the Amtrak ride from Dallas to Austin! Fun?
 
It was actually Fort Worth to Austin. It took 7 hours and 15 minutes, as we had to wait more than two hours for a broken down cargo train. I have done the trip in 4.5 hours, as well. Kind of a crap shoot, but has its plusses.
Nephew (and his fellow Chaps champs) made the front page of the @statesman sports page, and I had absolutely nothing to do with. @Westlake_Nation https://t.co/Rn7OiyP6pW
Actually, wrote that of their sister operation, Saigon Le Vendeur, but surprised you had such a bad experience. statesman.com/news/20180413/… twitter.com/bgreinhart/sta…
Some days you wake up and know *immediately* what you’re going to eat. Nori tama at Sa-Tén. https://t.co/O0q6QKqrXS
The only problem with @amtrak is that if there is a cargo train sitting on the track ahead of you, you are screwed. Been at a standstill somewhere just south of Meridian for 45 minutes
All aboard the candy train. @Amtrak https://t.co/8yD2ymDemT
 
Don’t worry. I gave him hell about it. That’s his bag, not mine. #nevercandycorn
 
That's a gateway candy to circus peanuts
Teaching the nephews about dimensionality with food by ordering a side of mustard for this savory bomb of a ham and cheese sandwich. Little one is in awe of its heft. https://t.co/C5BfpDTnjO
RT @SportsCenter: "A fan has both of his middle fingers up, and said 'F--- you, b----' three times. ... I go in the stands to confront him.…
Feel like I followed @karenehowell when she barely had 1,000 followers.She’s like the cool indie band that blows up & then, if you’re a jackass,you question your original fandom or resent newbs (Maybe she’s my LCD jokester). or, maybe you just humblebrag tweet it like a tool (me)
RT @karenehowell: When the DJ plays my favorite podcast. https://t.co/L6fwDWVzFs
What a game. What a season. Go crazy, @Westlake_Nation, you’re the Texas 6A Region II Champions. Second title in school’s history. (Heartsick for the Guyer QB and his family.) #texasforever #fridaynightlights https://t.co/t4ZNF6tcPa
@antoni: party hostess wowed last night with your Marcona-blue cheese-stuffed and prosciutto-wrapped dates. Savory, sweet, crunchy and funky high-end stoner food. https://t.co/L5Kp3tkjel
RT @SheaSerrano: CHRISTMAS KINDNESS THREAD if you’re working a minimum wage job right now and could use a boost then drop your venmo or ca…
“Boy, that ranch dressing’s good.” — John Odam, amateur food critic and professional fried pickle connoisseur.
Oh yes. Shoutout to my guy @AaronBehrens. Great musicians think alike: My Elvis-impersonating father is a big fan of the fried pickles and cordon bleu burger. https://t.co/WWbF1WRc6z
Sometimes you live 44 years before realizing that Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" is about Owsley Stanley. Brilliant.
Heard from friends of Juan Antonio "Sonny" Falcón’s family that the “Fajita King” has passed. Confirmed here. haysfreepress.com/2019/12/19/faj…
 
just profiled Mr. Falcón in the @statesman just a few months ago. #RIP austin360.com/entertainmentl…
Random: @corbydavidson, got a great Laotian restaurant (or anything, really) rec near AT&T Stadium in Arlington? Headed that way to watch nephew in the state title game.
Free look at some great sports writing that I happily pay for each month. Amazingly, I read as much Warriors coverage this year as Astros. That’s a testament to the great work of @SherwoodStrauss and @ThompsonScribe. twitter.com/theathletic/st… https://t.co/uAIk9ojxBw
RT @elnaranjoaustin: @odam Agreed We experienced that rent boost :(
RT @mrtorian: @odam Amen. Same for private equity-backed 3rd party delivery.
Private equity-backed restaurants are throwing around mad money and driving up rents in Austin, and it is very dangerous. Bless those local landlords who’re not trying to squeeze every last dollar out of people.
When I told @odam about my new job he told me to go to @UrokoAustin and holy crap it’s the best advice he’s ever given me https://t.co/NqlCPreOmZ
 
i am 80% rice and 20% woman
RT @joegross: I have spent 40 years (on and off) thinking about Star Wars austin360.com/entertainment/…
RT @cwarzel: @nytopinion Here is what was in the data: More than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million American…
Wow. Shoutout to the tremendous generosity of @pterrys. Glad to see a restaurant where I spend so much of my own money does such great work in the community. twitter.com/austin360/stat…
@Westlake_Nation is going to State. Chaps dominating, up 49-3, barely into the third quarter. #prouduncle #texasforever
If you eat @pterrys (or taco ranch) today (and why wouldn’t you?!), you are literally helping change people’s lives. Thanks, Patrick & Co. #seasonforcaring twitter.com/pterrys/status…
The fact that you can’t find an 80s #PilgrimCleaners ad/jingle on YouTube is one of the great holes in the Internet. Cc: @jmerriman
Do it, people! (My order: double with bacon, cheese, lettuce, onion, mayo and mustard. Add my own pickles at home.) twitter.com/pterrys/status…
RT @tacoranchatx: Looking for a good reason for a taco this weekend? Tomorrow, December 14th come out to any Taco Ranch or @pterrys and sup…
“I, Robin Leach-ing off of someone’s ticket ...” twitter.com/sherwoodstraus… https://t.co/ecjbwb4Ff0
More info on the man they call Primo and his taco trailer, El Primo, one of the best in town. apps.statesman.com/austin360/eats… twitter.com/covertcuriosit…
RT @JohnBridges: You’ve got great taste, @keriTRJ. We agree that @JulieChang1 does great work. Thank you for supporting @statesman https:/…
RT @seasonforcaring: Very exciting day today! The first beds from @FactoryMattress for @statesman #seasonforcaring are being delivered. Thi…
RT @DMagazine: Once again, the @dallasnews needs a new dining critic. dmagazine.com/food-drink/201…
Chris Diamantopoulos of @SiliconHBO deserves an Emmy for this one-minute RussFest pre-pro meeting scene alone. cc: @MikeJudge youtube.com/watch?v=_ho-3J…
RT @JeffGordinier: Random reminder for anyone out there trying to do something creative that the critics at @RollingStone weren't originall…
Former Barley Swine chefs Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu have returned to Austin from San Francisco to lead the culinary team at the luxury hotel at the Commodore Perry Estate. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/BjhPTWBOKx
Can you remind me of your Top Five Murder Mysteries, @akdobbins @SeanFennessey @TheBigPic?
 
 
 
 
 
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