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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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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 ...

Burnet Road Wins Again

Burnet Road restaurant news: Bryce Gilmore to open new spot in 2015 and more happenings

By Tom Thornton

Residents of Crestview, Rosedale and Allandale continue their winning streak this week as more North Austin restaurant news unfolds. On Thursday afternoon, Austin 360 reported that Bryce Gilmore has signed ...

Eat, Drink, Shop, Give, Fest

The official 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest food, drink and retail lineup has arrived

By Tom Thornton

After taking a humorous turn in 2013 with a John Mueller-curated food court, today Fun Fun Fun Fest announced a robust 2014 selection of food, drink and retail vendors for ...

Sweet Reveal

A dozen must-try bites at the 25th annual La Dolce Vita

By Tom Thornton

A longtime fixture of the fall society calendar, The Contemporary Austin's La Dolce Vita returns next week for a 25th anniversary celebration. The event is a party with a ...

ACL with the Kids

The cool parents guide to surviving ACL Fest with kiddos in tow

By Tom Thornton

In keeping with Austin’s family-friendly spirit, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has always allowed kids ages 10 and under to come free with a paying adult. The allure ...

Brews, Tunes and Tacos

The 20 things you must eat and drink at ACL Music Fest

By Tom Thornton

Austin's music fans have long been spoiled by the Austin City Limits Music Fest food court known as Austin Eats. While many sporting events and festivals don't offer ...

Brews News

Top 5 beers from the 2014 Texas Craft Brewers Festival

By Tom Thornton

Beer festivals in Texas have received a notoriously bad rap over the years. Some events have been organized by profiteers not concerned by guest experience or quality offerings, while others ...

Brisket for Days

Top 5 barbecue bites from the 2014 TMBBQ Festival

By Tom Thornton

On Sunday afternoon, there were two huge lines at Texas Monthly's 2014 TMBBQ Festival. The first was a queue of fans lined up for the festival's general admission ...

We're in Wine Heaven

Exclusive Uchi dinner and Tour de Vin top best wine events in Austin

By Tom Thornton

Austin wine lovers should be in heaven this month. Not only is an annual favorite returning, two exclusive wine dinners are also taking place at hot restaurants in September. Read ...

Where to Eat

Where to eat right now: A guide to weekly specials at top Austin restaurants

By Tom Thornton

The weekly special is now prevalent at some of the city's best dining options. Austin's chefs now use themed dinner nights to experiment with new dishes, offer foods ...

The Whole Hog

High-profile national barbecue competition enlists stellar Austin talent

By Tom Thornton

While the weather may not indicate it, fall food event season is about to hit Austin with intensity. The months following Labor Day are undeniably the biggest foodie months of ...

Where To Drink Right Now

Where to drink right now: 6 Austin bars putting new twists on classic rum cocktails

By Tom Thornton

In recent years, local bartenders and spirit fans have helped rum make a well-deserved comeback by throwing themed tiki nights and featuring classic and modern rum drinks on their summer ...

Where To Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 brilliant sandwiches, from Italians to po'boys

By Tom Thornton

Austin culture writer Michael Corcoran once joked that the city’s four food groups were “Tex-Mex, BBQ, Thundercloud and other.” Over the past several years, a number of local eateries ...

Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 5 hot new happy hours for summer

By Tom Thornton

Great happy hours are an Austin tradition. The casual nature of Austin living and dining certainly fits the concept, and for years a number of the city’s favorite perennials ...

Where To Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 6 great taquerias to explore this summer

By Tom Thornton

Now that warm weather has arrived, trips to the lake, the pool and summer parties are a regular occurrence. While it can be tempting to grab a quick burger or ...

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