What Would Questlove Taste Like as a Taco?

Rock stars and Tex-Mex go together like chips and salsa at HomeState

In artistic and creative professions, collaboration is often the spark of innovation. So when chefs and rock stars collaborate on something together, it’s safe to say really good things can happen. Especially when it involves tacos.

On Sunday, November 1, look for a limited edition taco created by Spoon lead singer Britt Daniel at HomeState, everyone’s favorite Texas-inspired breakfast taco joint in Los Feliz. This is the first of the restaurant’s new Band Taco Program, which has a different band or artist inspiring a special taco to help raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Owner Briana Valdez simply wanted to embrace the music and food communities that naturally co-exist in places like her hometown of Austin and her adopted Los Feliz home. “Cultivating community relationships is at the core of HomeState’s mission,” she says. “We wanted to find a way to support the work that the Conservatory is doing, and this seemed like a really fun way to do that.” Tacos: They can save the world.

For Britt Daniel of Spoon, his Ranchero Taco, which features migas, pico de gallo, avocado, and Jack cheese tucked into a freshly made tortilla, is based on the kind of tacos he’d get every morning for 59-cents in Austin. “The great thing about those breakfast taco places was that they were open till 3pm in the afternoon — still an entirely appropriate time for breakfast. I’d wake up, take my girlfriend to work around 7am, 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 2:45pm for lunch. We called it double dipping. Conveniently, HomeState is also open every day till 3pm.”

HomeState’s taco isn’t 59-cents, however. It’s around $3.50, just like the others on the menu. It will be available all month.

For December, there will be a queso-laden creation from Questlove , and something spicy from Fitz and the Tantrums in January. Others on tap for next year include Cold War Kids, and Cherry Glazerr.

HomeState, 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323-906-1122