Austin City Limits Festival allows both performers and celebrities alike to try out the local food scene, and many took advantage over the first ACL weekend.
Miguel Vidal, the owner and pitmaster of Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue, is a huge Deftones fan — he even named one of his smokers Chino, after the band’s lead singer Chino Moreno. The trailer started an Instagram campaign to get the band’s attention, and it worked:
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Hey Austin - have we mentioned how much we LOVE y’all lately?? Holy cow! We put it out there and you guys MADE IT HAPPEN! Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who commented, posted, and tagged @deftones. We are just here making tacos and y’all are making dreams come true. So proud to be from the very best city in the world! #hechoconamor #chino #deftones #theoriginaltexmexbbq
Modesty Vidal, Miguel’s wife, and co-owner of Valentina’s, reported that “Chino was such a nice laid back chill guy.”
French rock band Phoenix apparently took more time to explore the city. They went to Joann’s, the McGuire Moorman-owned diner that just opened by the Austin Motel on South Congress, during the staff training last week.
With most performers returning for weekend two this week, it remains to be seen what restaurants will warrant a return visit, like Jay Z’s La Barbecue order last year.