At 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, most of the city was just waking up from a cold and rainy night, but Mayor Ivy Taylor was ordering several dozen tacos from Mittman Fine Foods in Eastside San Antonio with a mission: to deliver the holiest upon holy to Austin Mayor Steve Adler at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Austin.
The seemingly never-ending dispute and all-out breakfast taco war between Austin and San Antonio has ended, at least for today. Mayor Steve Adler and Mayor Ivy Taylor, represented the neighboring cities, finally met Thursday to settle the breakfast taco war with a Tex-Mex throw down. And Mayor Taylor came with backup. Mariachi Los Calleros let the voice of San Antonio be heard in downtown Austin.
The choice in tacos were left to the mayors discretion, as long as the tacos contained bacon and egg. Taylor chose tacos from Mittman Fine Foods on San Antonio’s Eastside, while Mayor Adler opted for a taco from Juan in a Million.
Despite the horrendous traffic along the I-35 corridor, Mayor Taylor arrived to the hotel on time, but her counterpart and neighboring colleague did not. The urge for breakfast was too great for Taylor, who snuck to the back of the room and delicately peeled back the foil of her taco offerings, revealing a corn tortilla, hidden beneath the shiny crinkly wrapping. “I’m a breakfast gal.” she said. “I need this.”
Though both sides may have hoped to see name calling and an inevitable breakfast taco food fight, the day actually ended with a hand shake and a signed proclamation of an official “Breakfast Taco Day” in Austin. Fortunately, we all know that everyday is “taco day” in San Antonio, and it’s not just for breakfast.
It was cute while it lasted, but the real challenge comes tomorrow when local Westside San Antonio Chef Johnny Hernandez takes on an Austin chef yet-to-be-named in a breakfast taco war during the ChooseSA SXSW event.
*Top Image: After the taco dust had settled Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Mayor Ivy Taylor discuss the day ahead in which they will be on a panel during the SXSW Education conference. Photo by Scott Ball.