And we thought the Dallas vs. Houston rivalry was bad.
A new petition by a San Antonio local wants the city of Austin to exile a writer who recently claimed Austin was the birthplace of the breakfast taco. Austin Eater writer Matthew Sedacca (a New York native) made the claim in his recent piece, “How Austin Became the Home of the Crucial Breakfast Taco.”
This obviously didn’t sit well with the city an hour south of Austin, and one San Antonio native in particular was quick to take arms. Robbie Rogers filed a Change.org petition addressed to the city of Austin asking they “throw Matthew Sedacca out of an unmarked van well outside the boundaries of the state, or make equally suitable amends.”
It already has nearly 1,500 signatures.
The hilarious petition — all 711 words of it — is a tongue-in-cheek jab at all Austinites who think the city was the birthplace of the breakfast taco, something most San Antonians also claim.
“More absurd,” writes Rogers, “is the notion that ‘breakfast taco culture’ was either codified or normalized by a generation of Birkenstock-clad tech-jockeys and university incubatees majoring in Phish and Social Safety Net Surfing, and not by the laborers who spent the last century waking up at 5 AM, breaking their fast on huevos con papas outside a truck, to build the aforementioned demographics’ luxury condos.
Rogers goes on to suggest other solutions to what he calls Sedacca’s egregious “sin,” including surrender to San Antonio for re-education and rehabilitation, prohibition of publishing information on related topics until completion of at least a 10-year residency in the state or a completion of courses like “Applied Taqueria Studies” or the creation of “San Antonio Day,” sponsored by Austin to showcase pride and admiration for the Alamo City.
While it’s a pretty funny reaction, the petition does highlight what many San Antonians consider a problem. Rogers told MySanAntonio.com, “It’s preposterous, they can say they’re the food capital or live music capital, but don’t take my breakfast tacos. The things that are part of our daily life here are being marketed outside of San Antonio.”
Strange sentiment coming from a city that has actively tried to steal South by Southwest from Austin and always had a bit of a “little brother” complex towards its I-35 neighbor, despite being an older, larger, more populated city with one of the country’s biggest tourist traps and a cherished historical landmark.
And really, the breakfast taco’s history comes from all over South Texas, and one true “birthplace” is almost impossible to pin down. The important thing to acknowledge and something we can all agree on is that breakfast tacos are far inferior to breakfast burritos, which were invented in New Mexico and then brought over into West Texas. I mean, come on, you can fit so much more in them, they stay hotter for longer and they’re portable!
*cue the petition*