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Layne Lynch

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During her youth, Layne Victoria Lynch cultivated a deep appreciation for delicious Southern fare while cooking alongside her mother, Mary, and grandmothers, Carol and Margie. An honors graduate of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, Layne now works as a food writer in Austin and Houston. For the past five years, Layne's writings have mainly focused on the three things that fascinate her most: passionate chefs, innovative restaurants and up-and-coming culinary trends. Although she loves to eat at places like Uchiko and Foreign & Domestic, her favorite place to dine is at home with her friends and family. Layne has written stories online or in print for publications like Texas Monthly, Food Network Magazine, CultureMap Austin, Edible Austin, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Monthly and Eater Austin. If she isn't writing or blogging about her culinary adventures or musings, Layne is probably hiking around the Green Belt or hanging out with her two sweet Labradors, Bonnie and Lucky.

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Turn up the Heat

The summer pepper: The best Austin restaurants to chow down on hatch chiles

By Layne Lynch

Every summer harvest, a skinny emerald pepper arrives at our grocery stores and farmers markets and subsequently finds its way into homemade breads, juicy burgers, hot salsas and a variety ...


Peach Perfect

12 perfect peach dishes in Austin to try before summer ends

By Layne Lynch

The Texas peach is equally juicy, velvety and refreshing from the first bite to the last. Come summertime, this pale orange stone fruit is one of the most popular ingredients ...


Austin's Best Fried Chicken

The best fried chicken in Austin — and the secrets behind our favorite recipes

By Layne Lynch

Pan-fried, deep-fried, pressure-fried, white meat or dark, there is something about fried chicken that calls to the hearts of countless Southerners year-round.  An assortment of Austin chefs and restaurants feature ...


Culinary Resource

Long-awaited foodie paradise from Lenoir owners opens this Sunday

By Layne Lynch

When a culinary power couple like Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan of the nationally acclaimed Lenoir decide to branch out with a new business venture, it’s something worth paying ...


Changing of The Guard

The Austin Chronicle's longstanding food editor steps down from acclaimed position

By Layne Lynch

On Thursday, one of Austin's most respected culinary journalists, Virginia Wood, announced that she is transitioning out of her role as The Austin Chronicle's food editor after 17 ...


Food Events

A pajama brunch, a pig roast and more food events you won't want to miss

By Layne Lynch

We've already covered a slew of food stories this week — Obama's pit stop at Franklin, C.K. Chin's haircut, top ranked Texas wineries — so now it's ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Carillon loses chef, Franklin hits the road and more

By Layne Lynch

Alright, folks: As you wind down the hours until you marvel at fireworks, kick back red-white-and-blue cocktails and engage in general Fourth of July debauchery, we have gathered up this ...


Foodie News

This week in food: Openings, chef shuffles, menu specials and more

By Layne Lynch

While you were wrapped up in all the madness that is the World Cup, the food world kept turning. A great deal of exciting (did you hear about the new ...


Latest Food News

This week in food: Bikinis strikes again with dance hall purchase and more

By Layne Lynch

One-year birthday dinners, new venues, exciting chef shuffles and a variety of other happenings dominated the food news of the week. Read below to see what you missed.  Bikinis strikes ...


This Week in Austin Food

This week in food: Sugar Mama's dishes on Kanye cake, restaurant rallies after hit-and-run and more

By Layne Lynch

Father's Day menus and World Cup specials are all the rage in the local culinary scene this week, but we stumbled across a few delicious tidbits that may have ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: National Doughnut Day & a Dr. Seuss-inspired burger

By Layne Lynch

Summer is here and our restaurants are responding accordingly. The approach of a new season often inspires new menus, grand openings and a slew of exciting changes throughout the culinary ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Frozen beer debuts at Sway, plus 2 hot summer openings

By Layne Lynch

Last week Austinites witnessed the closing of two beloved spaces — Paggi House and Garrido's — but this week we find refuge in three new restaurant announcements. Read more to discover ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Coppola loves Josephine House, major burger news, Swift's free food and more

By Layne Lynch

Welcome to this week's edition of food news! This week we encounter a celebrity shout out, new summer dishes and free food. Check out what you may have missed ...


Week in Food

This week in food: Wu Chow spills secrets, Launderette and Angry Bear reveal construction date and more

By Layne Lynch

Construction is set to begin on some of the city's most buzzed about new restaurants, while established joints are upping the ante. What else did we uncover this week ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Jeffrey's scoops June Rodil, The Great Food Truck Race rolls into Austin, plus a taste of St. Philip's menu

By Layne Lynch

In this week's food news, The Great Food Truck Race finally makes its way to Austin. Plus, we get a sneak peek at the St. Philip's menu, and ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Andrew Zimmern crushes on local chefs, Brooklyn Brewery invades Austin and more

By Layne Lynch

This week in Austin food, Jack Gilmore spilled the beans on his unorthodox grilling contraption, Andrew Zimmern fell for a few of our favorite chefs and Austin Beerworks turned three ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: One famed restaurant shutters while others expand

By Layne Lynch

Trento shutters while Jack Allen’s grows Here’s some bittersweet food news: Trento has closed, subsequently making room for a third Jack Allen’s Kitchen location. The restaurant took ...


Week in Food

This week in food: Celeb tweets love for Uchi, Austin's first Bloody Mary festival and more

By Layne Lynch

Austin Food & Wine Fest takes over Citywide 86'd Citywide 86’d will host a special Austin Food & Wine Festival edition of their competition on Friday, April 25 at 10 ...


Austin Food News

This week in food: Chef spills restaurant horror stories, Trailer Food Tuesdays return and more

By Layne Lynch

Justine's owners showcase their home Who knew restaurateurs were ever so stylish? Camille Styles caught up with Justine Gilcrease and Pierre Pelegrin in their gorgeous Austin home, and the ...


This Week in Food

This week in food: Indie chefs and a pop-up picnic return, plus one surprising chef departs

By Layne Lynch

This week's food news features an unexpected chef departure, culinary benefits and an array of awards. Read more to find out what you missed. Indie Chefs becoming permanent affair ...


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