The tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck in the year ahead dates back to...well...no one—not even The Gray Lady—is exactly sure of when this tradition commenced, or why, or even where. Multiple stories have been offered over the years, but the long and short of it is that we Texans and Southerners (an important delineation, as all not all Texans are Southerners and no Southerners are Texan) have been adhering to this tradition for generations, and when in Rome...you eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day.

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So to make sticking to this time-honored tradition a little bit easier, Beaver's is offering free black eyed peas on New Year's Day along with something else that should ease in the New Year: discounted bloody marys. The signature Beaver Mary will be $5 all day long on January 1, with Jäger and Fernet shots available for $3 should you wish to keep the party going. If you simply wish to soak up the previous night's libations, dig into the basket of free crispy black eyed peas will be delivered to every table and look to the section of the Beaver's menu marked "Mac & Cheese."

For those who wish to usher in good luck at home, making a good pot of black eyed peas is both simple and soothing; the scent as the peas and salt pork cook down will fill your home as you contemplate your New Year's resolutions—or as you make a pan of cornbread and a mess of cabbage to go with your New Year's feast. This is the route I recommend, but if you feel like putting on pants and leaving the house, more power to you. You're probably a lot better at sticking to resolutions than I am. And even if you want to leave the house but don't feel like dressing yourself, you're still in luck: Tacos a Go-Go is offering buy-one-get-one-free breakfast tacos all day long on January 1 if you show up in your pajamas.

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