The proposed tax hike for alcoholic beverages passed in the state house 69-64 and moves to Senate debate next week (more on the debate to balance the budget with a regressive tax here). Dara shares her favorite drive-ins for a brief roadtrip on a sunny day (read our takes on Gordy’s Hi-Hat and Dari-ette). The Chicago Avenue Deli at Chicago and 25th burned down yesterday; the business is “a total loss.” Actor Gary Geiken discusses his role as James Beard in “I Love to Eat: A Love Story with Food” (running now through May 18). An extensive roundup of quick tasting notes for Twin Cities “Latin favorites,” from tacos to tamales. And Zeke’s Unchained Animal is now open for dinner service, touting a “funky name, ugly carpet, and damn good food” (does Hell’s Kitchen have that trademarked?).