This week, in what San Antonians took as a statement of war, a food critic wrote about how Austin became home of the breakfast taco and triggered major debate
Theres a war brewing in Texas. Not over guns, cattle or oil but over breakfast tacos.
The breakfast taco, for anyone who doesnt know, has all the ingredients of a great breakfast: egg, bacon, sausage, cheese and beans wrapped up neatly in a tortilla and punctuated with a pop of salsa on top. Its cheap, typically$ 1 to$ 3 per taco, depending on where you go, and its portable; a taco can be eaten with one hand.
In Austin, the breakfast taco is a source of citywide pride. From the transcendent migas tacos at Veracruz to the delicious bacon and egg taco from Marcelino Pan Y Vino, Austin has a plethora of fine breakfast taco options. Anyone will tell you that Austin is the official home of the Tex-Mex dish. Anyone who isnt from San Antonio, that is.
This week, in what San Antonians took as a declaration of war, food critic Matthew Sedacca wrote about how Austin became the home of the breakfast taco.
There are few things you are required to eat in order to claim youve actually experienced Austin food culture, Sedacca wrote. Quite possible the most necessary dish to check off on the culinary passport for your journey in the Lone Star capital, however, is the breakfast taco.
And thats when all hell broke loose.
Easy does it my dear cavacho friend Matthew, wrote one commenter. Head 90 miles south to San Antonio where breakfast tacos are king. Just because hip kids observed the taco a few days ago after SXSW does not mean ATX owns the taco.
Austin is the little red headed brother of San Antonio, wrote another.
Best BBQ, Tacos and Mexican Food can be found in San Antonio. Everything in Austin is 2nd tier.
WHAT A CROCK OF CACA !! GTFOH !!! this is gentrification of the( San Antonio) breakfast taco !!, wrote another commenter, while someone called Adam the Skunk wrote GOODTACOS DONT COME FROM GENTRIFIED HIPSTERLAND.
One can see why San Antonio residents might be upset. Tracing the origin of the breakfast taco is difficult, but San Antonio feelings particularly strongly that they were the first to make breakfast tacos a thing. Some angry readers voiced that Mexican taco stands were serving breakfast tacos in San Antonio for decades, while other said that the San Antonio chain, Taco Cabana, was the first to popularize the morning treat in the 1970 s.
But the outrage didnt aim there.
Someone in San Antonio started a Change.org petition to have Sedacca thrown out of an unmarked van well outside the boundaries of the state[ of Texas ], and a journalist at Orange Countycalled on anyone who tells Austin devised the breakfast taco to STFU. On Facebook and Twitter, Texans debated the questions; users began sharing the website whoinventedbreakfasttacos.com, which only offers one page that tells in bold black letters NOT AUSTIN.
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