Fans of Nate's Taco Truck, a six-year fixture around Virginia Commonwealth University and farmers' markets, just got new reasons to love winter. Owner Nate Gutierrez has a new roof downtown, so weather won't be an issue for customers used to his seasonal setup. Nate's Taco Truck Stop serves take-out only at 315 N. Second St., week days from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The breakfast menu has burritos and quesadillas; for lunch there are crave-worthy tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and spicy hot chocolate, a deal at $1 a cup. 562-1227.
Fruitcake implosion: Play with food at the Science Museum of Virginia on Dec. 29, as the scientific properties of various fruitcakes are examined without mockery. Bring one in and get reduced admission. See the website for details, smv.org.
Lunch in Carytown: Bonvenu announces new lunch and brunch hours, Tuesdays through Sundays at 2915 W. Cary St. 342-1003. bonvenu.com.
Carytown CafAc Ole Tacos, burritos, Mexicali, sibling to downtown lunch fave. Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2901 W. Cary St. 377-8226.
Fresca on Addison Meat-free fare, grains to pizzas, in corner cafe with take-out Tuesday- Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 22 S. Addison St. 359-8638. frescaonaddison.com.
La Cucina Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria Seafood, pastas, pizzas in cozy setting. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Shoppes at Bellgrade, 11400 W. Huguenot Road. 378-8940.
MainStream American casual cafe with wraps, build-your-own salads, burgers, comfort entrees, bar. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 1731 W. Main St. 353-1489.
Osteria la Giara Pasta, pizza, Italian favorites for lunch and dinner daily. Towne Center West, near Short Pump Hilton. 269-3602.