Phoebe Bridgers’ music is littered with references to her Pasadena hometown and Los Angeles dwellings, so it comes to no surprise that she’s collaborating with one of her favorite local eateries.
From Aug. 23 to Nov. 22, Angelenos can enjoy The Maxine Band Taco at HomeState, a new vegan taco named after Bridger’s beloved black pug, Maxine. The partnership announcement comes just ahead of her biggest hometown show to date at This Ain’t No Picnic festival, at which she’ll be performing on Aug. 28.
“HomeState is one of my favorite local restaurants,” Bridgers said. “Maxine and I should probably be cut off from their breakfast tacos by now.”
Evoking the cores of both California and Texas cuisine, The Maxine is made with black beans, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, caramelized onions, and crispy corn strips served on a Kernel of Truth corn tortilla.
But if you want to also get in on Bridgers’ favorite menu items, you might want to try the Blanco Breakfast Taco (Chino Valley eggs whites, shiitake mushrooms, monterey jack) or Comal Breakfast Taco (eggs, black beans, monterey jack).
As part of HomeState’s Band Taco Program, $1.25 from each ordered taco will benefit CASA/LA, a community-based organization advocating for children and families in LA County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The nonprofit organizations help children to comfort them through emotional trauma and transition; arranging for needed healthcare, social services or enrichment activities; talking with teachers to ensure educational services are in place and reporting to the children’s court and judges by attending court hearings and advocating for the child’s welfare.
The Maxine continues seven years of HomeState’s Band Taco program, which brings together music and tacos to support local communities. Previous partners have included Questlove, Spoon, Chicano Batman and The Marías, among others, and has raised more than $250,000 for L.A. charities.
HomeState: The Texas Kitchen has had the Band Taco program going almost since the restaurant’s inception. Founder Briana “Breezy” Valdez first launched the Texas eatery concept in 2013 to bring to Southern California a place that incorporates Texas food culture, Mexican heirloom ingredients and homecooking of the American South.
Home State has locations in Pasadena, Hollywood, Highland Park, Playa Vista and Sherman Oaks.