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Matthew Odam Abolishes Stars With First Statesman Review

el-meson-260.jpgLadies and gentlemen, presenting unanonymous Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam's first review. First up: El Mesón on South Lamar. And straight out the gate, he's shaking things up.

Enough with these starred reviews: comrade Odam will review all restaurants on the same ten-point scale, "relative to their ambitions and other restaurants serving similar cuisine." As he puts it, "If you don't know the difference between a 9.5 at Tam Deli and a 9.5 at Congress, I don't know what to tell you."

So Odam's first venture into the wild world of Austin restaurant criticism rates a 7.5. Not bad, although are chips that are "as thick as rush-hour traffic on Lamar" a good thing? In any case, thus begins the era of Odam.

· New Critic Revels in Dining Out [Statesman]
· New Mesón Just Needs a Tweak in Presentation [Statesman]
· All Matthew Odam Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]
El Meson. [Photo: El Meson / Facebook]

El Meson

2038 South Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78704