Ladybird Taco brings Texas breakfast tacos to Alabama

They are saying all the things’s larger in Texas, and with regards to breakfast, that actually appears to be the case.

Morning meals within the Lone Star State are all about supersized cinnamon rolls, hearty Southern classics like biscuits and gravy, and above all, the breakfast taco. The idea is easy, however scrumptious—and due to Ladybird Taco, it has lastly made its manner east to the Birmingham. 

Ladybird Taco, a breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in—you guessed it—tacos, bought its begin in Nashville in June 2020. Nearly three years later, in February 2023, Ladybird debuted a second location in Birmingham.

Although Nashville is dwelling base for Ladybird Taco, the thought for the restaurant originated in Austin the place longtime musician and Nashville native Gabe Scott grew his love for breakfast tacos. After years touring within the state and eating on breakfast tacos each time he happy, he discovered himself lacking his morning ritual when he returned dwelling to Nashville. Decided to fill the void, he partnered with Andrew Wisenhart and Ben Edgerton, who owned a number of restaurant ideas in Austin, to deliver a style of Texas to Tennessee. 

The shop opened within the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville in June 2020 and was takeout-only throughout its total first 12 months because of the pandemic. Throughout the restaurant’s early days, it was struck with one other main setback when Scott bought meningitis within the mind and needed to be hospitalized for 3 months. 

Gabe Scott (Ladybird Taco/Fb)

“It’s form of a loopy story,” says Brooks Veazey, a Birmingham native and Ladybird’s fourth associate. “Our mission is to allow life-giving group and meaning a whole lot of issues to us, but it surely’s actually born out of that entire expertise the place Gabe’s group got here across the retailer and ensured that it survived whereas he was within the hospital. Now we need to take that love and care that Gabe obtained and provides it to our clients.”

Veazey joined the corporate in June of 2021, when Scott was nonetheless recovering from sickness. He knew instantly that he needed to deliver the idea to his hometown of Birmingham. His dream grew to become a actuality when Ladybird Taco opened in Mountain Brook’s Lane Park improvement in mid-February. 

The menu at Ladybird is easy. All tacos are served a la carte on 6-inch corn or flour tortillas. The choices are divided into two classes—breakfast and lunch—although all the menu is served all day from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extra choices embrace salads, in addition to do-it-yourself chips, queso, salsa, and guacamole. Drinks embrace espresso from native roaster June Espresso and some Southwestern impressed drinks like hibiscus tea, honey limeade, and watermelon agua fresca. Cocktails like mimosas, margaritas, and ranch water are on the horizon. 

Brooks says an enormous a part of what makes Ladybird’s tacos so particular are the tortillas, that are hand-pressed in home each day. “Not many individuals on the town are making their very own tortillas in home,” he says. “And I don’t suppose anybody on the town is doing breakfast tacos.”

(Ladybird Taco/Fb)

Ladybird’s greatest sellers are the #1 Breakfast Taco, which incorporates Tenderbelly bacon, scrambled egg, and Monterey jack cheese, and the #7 Lunch Taco, which is stuffed with house-smoked brisket, potatoes, rajas, and queso. 

In only some brief weeks, Ladybird has already built-in itself into the Birmingham group, which was a significant purpose for Veazey and one of many foremost causes they selected a location in Lane Park. “We needed to be in a spot the place individuals are residing and dealing in shut proximity” he says. “On weekends, we all know we’re going to be busy, and that’s been actually cool to see. However what we care a ton about is our regulars—that Monday by way of Friday crowd that comes daily and will get the identical order. That’s one thing that’s actually particular to us.”

Along with chowing down on the Lane Park location, of us can even choose up tacos from Ladybird’s three Birmingham outposts, June Espresso, Cala Espresso, and Prevail Espresso. In reality, June Espresso was the primary place in Birmingham the place you may purchase Ladybird tacos. They hosted a number of breakfast pop-ups through the fall and winter main as much as Ladybird’s opening this February. “Jimmy [Truong of June Coffee] has been abundantly beneficiant to us to assist us get our title on the market in Birmingham,” Veazey says. “It could be exhausting to overstate what he’s meant to us.”

Veazey says the plan is to open a number of different Ladybird areas in each Nashville and the Birmingham metro within the coming years. “We actually simply need to be a spot the place individuals can have group and expertise group, and I believe that can shine by way of on this retailer and any others,” he says. 

(This story initially appeared in SoulGrown, an affiliate of Yellowhammer Multimedia)

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