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Should Tacos Become the Texas State Dish, Queso Cookbook, and More A.M. Intel

The latest 13 restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Tacos from Rosita’s Al Pastor
Tacos from Rosita’s Al Pastor
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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.

— Taco journalist Mando Rayo believes that tacos, not chili, should become the official state dish of Texas. "Tacos were here before Texas was Texas," he told Texas Standard.

Chronicle highlighted the various ways Austin restaurants and bars are combating Donald Trump's presidency and policy changes, through raising funds for affected nonprofits like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, bringing the community together through meals with Chix, and offering sanctuary workplaces.

— Homesick Texan author Lisa Fain is tackling queso for her next cookbook. Queso! Regional Recipes for the World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip is already available for preorder and will be published in September.

— After Pennsylvania state senator Daylin Leach posted an anti-Trump tweet, someone from Austin offered to buy him and his staff meals from Franklin Barbecue during their next visit.

— Del Valle has a new brewery with the debut of Hi Sign Brewing with four opening beers, including a New England IPA, and a stout with blood orange and coffee.

— Brewer’s Table is showing off its new beer, the Common Lager, with next pop-up on Sunday, February 19. The beer will be paired with the small bites from the restaurant: beer nuts, smoked fish and cauliflower dip, rye-cured chicken rillette, and beer grain falafel. It’s open to everyone at the new taproom at Austin Beerworks from 1 to 4 p.m.

— For the rest of the month, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is raising money for the Amplify Austin Stretch Fund (which will go towards 700 different nonprofits in central Texas). Participating bars, including Moontower Saloon, Spider House Cafe, Lustre Pearl East, and others will donate one dollar for every Tito’s drink sold, and the vodka company will match those sales up to $10,000.

— Buzzfeed discovered Banger’s giant mimosas (sparkling wine and orange juice served in a beer stein), which the sausage restaurant calls Manmosas.

— Pinthouse Pizza introduced a loyalty program with rewards like discounts and free beers.

— Since San Marcos pizzeria Gumby's Pizza was denied a liquor license by the city council, it's moving to a different address within the city.

— The coffee obsessives at Sprudge put together a guide to eating and drinking in Austin, which includes coffee (of course) at Fleet, Figure 8, and others, tacos, barbecue, brunch, and where to eat when you really need to eat, plus more.

— Gruene's Gristmill River Restaurant will make an appearance on a beef-centric episode of the Travel Channel's Food Paradise, airing on Sunday, February 12 at 6 p.m.

— PETA greatly enjoys Sweet Ritual’s vegan banana split sundae and unicorn poop ice cream.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 386-1656 Visit Website

Pinthouse Pizza [South Lamar]

4236 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 502-5808 Visit Website

The Brewer's Table

4715 East 5th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 520-8199 Visit Website

Sweet Ritual

4631 Airport Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 666-8346 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website