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Layne Lynch


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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Sweet Anticipation

Sneak a peek at Bribery Bakery, Austin's most anticipated bakeshop opening this week

By Layne Lynch

After months of torturous anticipation, Bribery Bakery, Jodi Elliott’s long-awaited pastry and bakeshop, finally held its soft opening last week. Just in time for the madness that is SXSW ...

Luck of the Irish

Our picks for the biggest and best St. Patrick's Day parties in Austin

By Layne Lynch

Texas weather has been manic lately, but come March 17, there will be nothing but green. If you're still planning your St. Patrick’s Day fun, you're in ...

Chef Shuffle

All-star chef steps in to lead St. Philip in wake of Philip Speer's dramatic departure

By Layne Lynch

Last year former Uchiko Chef De Cuisine Page Presley stunned gourmands when he exited the Austin culinary scene to pursue other culinary opportunities in Philadelphia. Fast forward to present day ...

Jezebel on Bravo

Will Restaurant Jezebel's old-school ways make it Bravo's Best New Restaurant?

By Layne Lynch

Restaurant Jezebel has accrued its fair share of media over the years. First came the devastating fire that shuttered the fine dining restaurant in 2010 until its reopening in 2012 ...

Beat It Beets

Local culinary stars dish on food trends that need to disappear in 2015

By Layne Lynch

The new year is here and with it comes anticipation and excitement throughout the local culinary scene. 2014 was saturated with paleo diets, ramen fanatics, gluten-free options, kale everything and ...

Holiday Sipping

Sip and savor: Our favorite local cocktails — and one dessert — to enjoy this holiday season

By Layne Lynch

The holidays are almost over, and while gift-giving, music, merriment and parties dominate these last few days of December, cocktails have always been a main staple of the holiday season ...

Family Feud

Terry Black's Barbecue vs. Black's Barbecue: Which restaurant comes out on top?

By Layne Lynch

Since 1932, Black's Barbecue in Lockhart has inspired impressive acclaim, awards and admiration for its signature succulent meats. Pounds upon pounds of juicy charred brisket, grease-laden sausage, tender ribs ...

Breaking with Tradition

Austin restaurants spice up Thanksgiving with these mouthwatering dishes

By Layne Lynch

Every fall, families and friends gather around lively communal tables during Thanksgiving to feast on family-style fare, including succulent turkey, jellied cranberries, warm yeast rolls, whipped mashed potatoes and cinnamon-spiced ...

Oprah's Texas Two Step

Oprah returns to Texas: 5 things we learned about the media mogul

By Layne Lynch

Nobody commands a stadium like Oprah Winfrey. Statuesque and poised with her ever-infectious confidence and warmth, Oprah greeted a Houston audience in a floor length vibrant yellow gown at the ...

Culinary Questions

From Italian to dim sum: Local chefs dish on what's missing from Austin's restaurant scene

By Layne Lynch

We live in a city saturated with restaurants, bars, breweries, bakeries, farmers markets and food trailers. It's no secret that Austin has garnered acclaim over the years for its ...

Best ACL Bites

The 21 best things we ate and drank at ACL Music Festival

By Layne Lynch

The first weekend of ACL is complete, and while music undoubtedly took center stage at the wildly popular event, the local food and booze was not far behind. The annual ...

Eat All About It

Homegrown literature: 4 new cookbooks highlight Austin's extraordinary culinary culture

By Layne Lynch

Clear your shelves, because new titles highlighting Austin's impressive culinary culture are about to hit bookstores. With the Texas Book Festival fast approaching next month, CultureMap decided to highlight ...

Sweet Trends

What are Austin's next big desserts? Local experts weigh in

By Layne Lynch

The culinary world is defined by trends. In 2013, it was all about going gluten-free, mile-long cronut lines, retro desserts, inspired ice cream, an emergency Sriracha shortage, pickling anything and ...

Playing with Food

University of Texas Food Lab hosts innovative competition to reimagine global food systems

By Layne Lynch

In recent years, Austin has become an epicenter for all things culinary, and a group of savvy academics are finally putting that innovation to great use. The recently founded Food ...

Hollywood Masterpiece

Long-awaited exhibit goes behind the scenes of Gone With The Wind like never before

By Layne Lynch

An endless number of details define the film Gone with The Wind: the jaw-dropping emerald curtain dress, Mammy's sinfully red petticoat, the sun violently setting in the sprawling verdant ...

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 ...

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