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Jan 27/17

Tacos for Breakfast in Texas Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. And the minute Taco Bell realizes all it has to do is add eggs to its inventory, it’ll start rolling out “First Meal” and be open 24-hours a day.

You better watch your business model, Waffle House.

But seriously, why can’t we have tacos for breakfast? They’re easy, delicious, maybe not very portable, but the possibility of a large, shredded lettuce-based car mess never stopped anyone from a drive-through “run for the border.”

And a new book called Austin Breakfast Tacos could supply all of the inspiration you need for your very own, homemade “first meal.” Texas Monthly has a story on the inspiration for this book, which comments on the popularity of — or maybe infatuation with — tacos.

You wanna know what it was like as a kid eating tacos? If I took tacos to school, everyone would say shame on you. There was a lot of shame eating a taco back then. You had to hide them. You couldn’t eat them in front of nobody. And this was among a school that was 80 to 90 percent Anglo and very few Mexicans. So I had to hide my food. But now, 80 to 90 percent of Anglos eat tacos! I would say 80 to 90 percent of my customers are Anglo. And they eat tacos like they’ve never had anything before in their life! So things have changed. I think to myself, I remember a time when I would get made fun of. And now everybody’s eating tacos. It’s not just Mexicans anymore.

And if you’re going to eat tacos for breakfast, might we suggest you do a tiny bit of research to see if there’s a tortilleria in your town? Because what you get there will be infinitely cheaper, fresher and tastier than anything you can buy at the grocery store … or the drive-through near you.




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