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Torchy’s Tacos’ Test Kitchen, Alamo Drafthouse’s McDonald’s-Inspired Menu, and More A.M. Intel

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Torchy’s Tacos in Mueller
Torchy’s Tacos in Mueller
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— Torchy's Tacos is introducing a limited test kitchen at Mueller and Spicewood, where the taco chain will experiment with new tacos, and other dishes. This includes a new queso with chorizo, hot dog taco, and catfish taco. Everything will be available until Sunday, February 5 at Mueller and from Monday, January 30 through Sunday, February 19 at Spicewood.

Vice Munchies caught up with the Ramen Tatsu-ya team on the heels of their latest opening, Japanese-Texas izakaya Kemuri, which brings together smoked meats, small Japanese plates, into an Austin setting.

— Alamo Drafthouse put together a clever, McDonald's-inspired menu for its next beer dinner on Wednesday, February 1: a screening of The Founder, the story of the fast food chain's creation.

— A trio of military veterans, David Wilson, John Wamer, and Randy Williams, started their own brewery, Ruggedman Brewing, in New Braunfels.

— In.gredients is launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to keep the zero waste grocery store open. It'll open up on Friday, February 3 with a launch party.

— Brazilian food truck Boteco and pizza trailer BackDraft Pizzeria have five star reviews on Yelp.

— See if you can spot Emmer & Rye's fermented dishes within the array of fermented items in this giant photo.

Community Impact dug into the reasons why so many restaurants closed in 2016, including steep costs and impending development.

Torchy's Tacos

1110 Mercantile Dr Bldg 6 Ste 120, Raleigh, NC 27609 (919) 439-1177 Visit Website

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 East 2nd Street, , TX 78702 (512) 803-2224 Visit Website

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 366-5530 Visit Website

In.gredients [Closed]

2610 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 275-6357 Visit Website