“What’s your favorite thing in the world to eat?” I ask a circle of doe-eyed bandmates underneath the neon-red glow of Hi-Dive’s entryway. “Popsicles,” vocalist and bass player Emile Mosseri exclaims. “Indie-Pop-sicles!” drummer Mark Demiglio adds, cleverly referencing the band’s niche genre. Obviously it doesn’t take much to please this New York-based troop known as the Dig—a childhood friends’ impulse turned untapped psych pop phenomenon. During their set on Monday night, frank lyrics unraveled over intricate melodies smashed by serious guitar riffs, only to be restored by woozy synth notes.
Welcoming the challenges merited by a shotgun tour schedule, the Dig doesn’t insist on dining—but rather scouting sustenance. Tom’s Diner on Colfax does the trick after a set at the Ogden, as does Mexican food, which is the easiest choice for gluten-free Demiglio.
Now that we know, we recommend the pork belly agrodolce taco from Pinche Taqueria for the Dig’s next visit. These street-style, corn-tortilla tacos arrive topped with sweet-and-sour (or “agrodolce”) braised pork belly and cabbage-cilantro slaw. Candied garlic cloves and braising jus come on the side.
Extra: Bandmate Mosseri’s love of Popsicles also got us thinking about Aiko Pops, the hand-crafted ice pop stand on the farmers’ market circuit. Look for dynamic flavors such as plum-cardamom, apricot-vanilla, and pineapple-cilantro. The treats are gluten free, mostly vegan, and often organic.
Tom’s Diner, 601 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-7493
Pinche Taqueria, 1514 York St., 720-475-1337 and 3300 W. 32nd Ave., 720-502-4608