Have you ever been listening to a musician, and found yourself wishing, “Man, if only they would design a signature taco I could eat?” Well, if you live in Los Angeles, you are in luck. An LA restaurant called HomeState begun a new program called Band Taco. Every month, a new musical act will “curate” a taco for the restaurant, which they will then sell.
Now, you may be retching a bit at the notion of a “band-curated taco,” but let it be known that this is all for a good cause. Proceedings from taco sales will go to funding scholarships at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Artists such as Questlove, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Cold War Kids will get their day in the sun in the future, but the opening taco salvo comes to us from Spoon.
Spoon’s taco, The Ranchero, is a breakfast taco that features “migas, pico de gallo, avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese on a flour tortilla.” In discussing his creation, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel said:
I’m at HomeState constantly so, frankly, when they asked me to create a taco I said, “It’s about time.” They asked what kind of taco I’d like to design and naturally I said a breakfast taco. I don’t understand why the breakfast taco isn’t ubiquitous in Los Angeles, but HomeState is at least one great place I can turn to when I’m in LA. My taco is called the ‘Ranchero,’ and it’s based on the kind of tacos I’d get every morning for 59 cents when I first moved to Austin. The great thing about those breakfast taco places was that they were open til 3 in the afternoon — still an entirely appropriate time for breakfast. I’d wake up, take my girlfriend to work around 7, get breakfast, head home, catch a couple more hours of sleep, wake back up, work on a song, then head back to the taco shop at 2:45 for lunch. We called it double dipping. Conveniently, HomeState is open every day til 3.
Britt Daniel has a lot of feelings about tacos. Given the philanthropic nature of the Band Taco program, hopefully it is a success. Whatever you do, though, HomeState, do not ask St. Vincent to create a signature burrito.