— Taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece gathered their absolute favorite Texas tacos of 2016, which includes Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ's breakfast taco
— Because of freezing temperatures today, Veracruz All Natural’s two taco trailers, at Radio Coffee on Manchaca Road and on East Cesar Chavez, will remain closed today.
— P. Terry’s Austin burger empire continues to grow with the opening of its 14th location out in Lake Creek, starting on Saturday, January 7. It will be found on 13770 North Highway 183, with a similar setup as the other locations: drive-thru, patio area, interior dining room.
— Black Star Co-op and L'Oca d'Oro signed Restaurant Opportunities Centers United’s petition to become sanctuary restaurants, which means both establishments will serve as "hate- and discrimination-free workplaces" with a no harassment policy.
— Emmer & Rye's Kevin Fink predicts that fine dining won’t be as prevalent and diners crave casual concepts. Uchi's Tyson Cole sees Mexican fare taking off more.
— Another 2016 shutter: Verts closed down its South Lamar location. A rep said that this was the company’s way to prepare for its East Coast expansions.
— Pflugerville gets a new brewery with the debut of Ide Vine Brewing on Saturday with a taproom serving four of its beers. Beer lovers will be able to buy bottles of the beer right at the brewery. Next up for the Idle is canning production. Co-owner Todd Wink also runs beer pub Dig Pub in Cedar Park.
— A developer bought the land where downtown's IHOP is currently located, but there is no word on what will happen to the pancake chain restaurant yet.
— Paleo-focused Picnik is now throwing happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m. on the weekdays with $2 cocktails, most ciders, wine by the glass, and beer, along with half-off sharable plates.
— Oasis Brewing Co. is expanding its current location along Lake Travis to increase beer production.
— First We Feast highlights Via 313's Detroit-style pies as the best Texas has to offer.