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Robert Plant gushes about Austin grocery store — but it's not Whole Foods

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Robert Plant on where to (grocery) shop in Austin. Photo by Phil King

An interview with music legend Robert Plant ended with a decidedly Texas twist when the former Austin resident stopped talking about his new album and started talking about Austin's grocery store scene.

On Wednesday, New York's Vulture blog published the interview in which Plant celebrates a local establishment that's typically left out of the spotlight. It's not Whole Foods that caught the Led Zeppelin front man's eye when he resided in Austin. No, Plant prefers another Texas grocery chain.

 "If you’re  gonna go shopping for food in Austin, go to Fiesta, the supermarket with a difference."

"I have a friend in Austin who said he saw you shopping at Whole Foods," interviewer Lane Brown says. "Did that actually happen?"

"No, no, no, I was working at Whole Foods [laughs]. You know, Whole Foods is more of a dating agency than a shop," Plant explains, before revealing his affinity for a lesser known grocer.

"If you’re gonna go shopping for food in Austin, go to Fiesta, the supermarket with a difference. You can get a pork enchilada there whilst picking up some British tomato ketchup and some teabags, and you can do the whole transaction in Spanish."

Now that's a cosmopolitan experience that truly deserves rock-star status.

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