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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, TexasMonthly.com, 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, MTV.com, KUT, 101X FM, and News 8 Austin. He is an avid traveler who has visited 29 countries.

 

 

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Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: 7 top spots for excellent food and craft beer

By Tom Thornton

In late August, even the most devout red wine and whiskey lovers change their habits. No matter what you like best, 100-degree weather is best fought with a cold beer ...


Summer Tipple

Master Sommelier June Rodil talks wine — and top summer sips

By Tom Thornton

As the beverage director behind McGuire Moorman Hospitality, June Rodil oversees the drink menus at many of Austin’s most popular establishments, including Jeffrey’s, Perla’s, Clark’s, Josephine ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat in Austin right now: Nightly specials at the city's top restaurants

By Tom Thornton

There is much to love about modern Austin dining. With so many new restaurants and bars, chefs and beverage directors are getting creative in showcasing their offerings with theme nights ...


Most Anticipated Restaurants

10 of the most anticipated restaurants opening in Austin this summer

By Tom Thornton

Summer in Austin usually means a dearth of restaurant activity: hot temperatures and summer travel tend to slow progress down. This year may prove to be the exception to the ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat right now: 7 of Austin's best bets for breakfast

By Tom Thornton

Legions of local restaurants serve weekend brunch menus, but far fewer offer breakfast service during the work week. For many, the very idea of breakfast may simply come down to ...


Buffett Plays Stubb's

Jimmy Buffett's last-minute Austin show transports crowd to tropics, supports flood victims

By Tom Thornton

After the Austin metro area suffered massive localized flooding on Monday, it was fair to wonder if Jimmy Buffett's last-minute tour rehearsal at Stubb's on Tuesday would even ...


Where to Eat Right Now

Where to eat right now: 5 hot South Austin restaurants worth the drive

By Tom Thornton

Austin's steady growth over the past five years has brought dramatic change in Central Austin: from skyscrapers to hotels, the signs of "New Austin" are evident everywhere. Less discussed ...


Burger Mania

Shake Shack masterminds on opening Austin's hottest new burger joint

By Tom Thornton

Earlier this week, the Lamar Union development welcomed the first Shake Shack in Texas. Now a decade in, restaurateur Danny Meyer's Madison Square Park burger and hot dog stand ...


Best Festival Bites

The best things we ate and drank at the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival

By Tom Thornton

The fourth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival survived multiple ominous weather threats and entertained thousands of guests over the course of the weekend. The event mixed noted names from television ...


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 ...


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