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Tom Thornton


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Tom Thornton is a real estate broker for Realty Austin and a freelance writer. Tom lives in the Southwest Austin area with his wife and two daughters, and has recent bylines at Eater,, Austinist, Food Republic, and Austin Way. He is a board member of both the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and the Oak Hill Elementary PTA. He has interviewed musicians such as Snow Patrol, Spoon, Hot Chip, and Crowded House and actors such as Will Ferrell and Aziz Ansari. Tom has been interviewed as a featured real estate expert in The New York Times and on KLBJ's "Real Estate Radio" and as an "Austin culture expert" by BBC Radio 2, The Wall Street Journal,, KUT, 101X FM, and News 8 Austin. He is an avid traveler who has visited 29 countries.



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Spring Festival Season

Austin's first-ever Untapped Fest overflows with craft beer and live music

By Tom Thornton

The concept of a spring beer festival is promising. Meeting your friends at a park to try new brews, soak in some sun and listen to music sounds idyllic. All ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 new restaurants from favorite local chefs

By Tom Thornton

Austin's restaurant scene is in full bloom this spring. This season, a number of veteran Austin chefs and restaurateurs are debuting concepts that have long been in the works ...

SXSW Review

Top 5 performances from SXSW — and the artists to follow this year

By Tom Thornton

SXSW 2015 was a throwback to five years ago: crowds were lighter, marquee names weren't in abundance and (most crucially) people were more interested in discovering new acts than ...

Soon-to-Be Superstars

Catch these 10 acts at SXSW Music before they hit the big time

By Tom Thornton

With SXSW music now spanning five days and bringing 2,000 bands to town, culling your "must-see" list is more daunting than ever. While big names like Spoon, The Church ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 best restaurants for Southern favorites

By Tom Thornton

Austin staples like Hoover's and Evangeline Cafe have long made pork chops and chicken fried steak for satisfied fans, but the interest in doing something new with comfort food ...

SXSW 2015

SXSW tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Music wristband

By Tom Thornton

For brave souls purchasing a SXSW Music wristband for the first time, the possibilities seem endless. Unlimited access to 1,500 acts for five days? The bands represent incredible value ...

SXSW Preview

12 secrets to navigating SXSW parties, shows and RSVPs

By Tom Thornton

SXSW isn't just a music festival —  it is the music festival. The event is so big that navigating it can take years to master. After a decade or so ...

Where To Eat on the Cheap

Where to eat on the cheap: 6 local restaurants to find affordable and delicious dinners

By Tom Thornton

Over the past year, Austin has been graced with a vast array of new dining options. Despite all the growth and change, there remains a constant need for well-executed yet ...

2015 Food Preview

The complete guide to hot Austin restaurant openings in 2015

By Tom Thornton

If you've surveyed the Austin restaurant landscape of late, you may be overwhelmed at the number of new offerings in both Central Austin and further afield. Lest you think ...

Restaurant Wars

Tom Colicchio puts Swift's Attic under pressure on Bravo's Best New Restaurant

By Tom Thornton

The all-star team at Swift's Attic has been doing bustling business in downtown Austin for nearly two years now thanks to a distinct atmosphere with eclectic shared plates and ...

January Drink Events

Easy Tiger's exclusive Pappy flights and Somms Under Fire top best drink events this month

By Matt McGinnis, Tom Thornton

We've resolved to get more familiar with our favorite beverages this year. Whether whiskey, coffee or wine, Austin merchants, bars and sommeliers are constantly offering new and innovative ways ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: The 6 best downtown lunch spots

By Tom Thornton

As 2015 gains momentum, those working in Central Austin will often have cause to book a business lunch with their colleagues, bosses, clients or recruits. While there are dozens of ...

Best of 2014

Our 6 favorite new Austin restaurants of 2014

By Tom Thornton

Austin's dining scene saw a number of great openings — and a number of delays — in 2014. While food fans heard news of new projects from David Bull (Boiler Nine ...

Where to Eat Right Now

The best alternatives to Austin's most popular restaurants

By Tom Thornton

With the holiday season come out-of-town visitors — as well as extraordinary restaurant traffic. While this is great news for restaurant owners, it can certainly impact your Austin tour guide skills ...

7 Nights A Week

Where to drink right now: Happy hours for every night of the week

By Tom Thornton

As Austinites battle through a busy fall, catching up with friends or heading out on a quick date night can be a scheduling nightmare. In this year full of new ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat right now: 5 new Austin classics you must try this fall

By Tom Thornton

When examining Austin's bevy of 2014 restaurant openings, one common theme emerges from the menus. Regardless of the restaurant's culinary style, a trend toward chef-driven, comfort food is ...

Foodie Fun

The top food and drink events in Austin: It's all about wine, swine and bubbles this month

By Tom Thornton

November marks the final victory lap of Austin’s massive 2014 food calendar. As the events wind down and holiday party season gets going, several longstanding nonprofits will bring back ...

Austin Restaurant Openings

The ultimate list of hot Austin restaurant openings in fall 2014 and beyond

By Tom Thornton

If you follow Austin restaurant news, but feel overwhelmed as of late, you're not alone. The city's booming economy, entrepreneurial spirit and young culinary talent have combined to ...

Pint by Pint

A pint-by-pint guide to the best of Austin Beer Week

By Tom Thornton

Friday marks the official start of the fifth edition of Austin Beer Week, an event proven so successful that programming now runs for 11 days. You'll find well over ...

Electropop's Godfather Returns To Austin

The godfather of electropop returns to Austin: A talk with Erasure's Vince Clarke

By Tom Thornton

If you’ve visited a dance floor in the last three decades, odds are good that you’re familiar with Vince Clarke. Clarke is perhaps the most successful electropop artist ...

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