Vampire Weekend, the New York indie rock act that probably should have been soundtracking every aspect of the World Cup, is coming to South Florida on October 13. The gig is down at the Fillmore Miami. With the relaxing, ethereal (I avoid saying chill) vibes of Beach House opening up, as well as the Very Best's global stew of influences (they hooked up with VW's Ezra Koenig for "Warm Heart of Africa"), this is a show that deserves some festive preparations.
Recent visits to Fillmore Miami's concession stands yielded not much more than what a movie theater with a liquor license would stock -- with prices to match. We can do better, and recommendations for where to pick up a cup of Vampire Weekend's signature drink, the sweet elixir popular in Spain and Latin America known as horchata, follow.
The New Times food brain trust was consulted for these recommendations on where to pick up the milky, rice-or-almond-based drink.
La Costa Honduran and Latin Food.
1855 S. SR 7,
Located in Plantation, a refreshing horchata here will be the best thing to wash down the baleadas, AKA "hot, fat, fluffy tortillas smeared with beans, crema, and
strips of marinated steak."
Taqueria Dona Raquel
793 S. Dixie Highway
Mexican spot in Pompano gets the mole sauce right, and with nearly everything under eight dollars, the value as well.
El Guanaco Taqueria y Antojitos
331 NE Prospect Road, Wilton Manors; 954-351-0792
Winner of New Times' Best Taco this year, this Salvadoran/Mexican joint puts so much love into the food. We won't be dealing with winter's cold exactly in October, but this is the place to really feel the warmth.
Tacos al Carbon
4420 Lake Worth Road,
The 2009 recipient of Best Taco is always open in a dusty lot off of Military Trail and Lake Worth Road. Hit it before and after the show.
Vampire Weekend. With Beach House and the Very Best. All tickets are general admission, cost $36.50, and go on sale this Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. through livenation.com, or for the Luddites, through 800-745-8000 and at the Fillmore box office.