What time does JuiceLand go on? Did you see what Lonesome Dove played last night? How great was the Mighty Cone last Saturday?
OK, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is first and foremost about music, but it’s also got a pretty rocking food scene to get excited about. You’re going to be at the park for almost 12 hours, and with about three dozen local vendors on site, you’re all set in terms of your food and beverage options. Show up at 11 for a little al fresco brunch, mix in a late lunch, some snackage and dinner, and you will go home and with a head full of nice tunes and a belly full of tasty eats. Or you can just drink a dozen Karbach beers in the beer tent while you watch football and baseball.
Since people are always texting me asking what to order at restaurants, I figured I’d list 20 of the best things to eat and drink at the festival. My suggestion: Start light with a juice, get into some refreshing bites early, eat a hearty lunch around 2:30 and then dip back in for some good beer-sopping food around 7 or 8 p.m.
Amy's Ice Creams’ Mexican Vanilla ($5). A cup of ice cream mid-day is perfect no matter the temperature.
Austin's Pizza’s Pepperoni Pizza ($9). Look, you’re kinda drunk. What better time for pizza?
Bananarchy’s Hand-Dipped Frozen Chocolate Banana ($7). Go nuts. And for $1 extra, drizzle a little Nutella on it.
Burro Grilled Cheese’s Waylon and Willie ($9). Pay homage to the outlaw legends with a grilled cheese featuring caramelized onions and spicy maple bacon sauce.
East Side King’s Chicken Kara-age ($10). Fried chicken in a park. It’s like a picnic. A gluten-free picnic.
Frank’s Queso Fries ($9). Filthy and made for sharing.
GoodPop’s Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle ($4). A tasty way to chill out.
High Brew Coffee’s Cold Brew Float Made with Amy’s Ice Creams ($5). You’re gonna need a little help making it to 10 p.m.
JuiceLand’s The Juice ($8). The festive crew created a drink to honor fest star and “I Got the Juice” singer Janelle Monae. It has pineapple, mint and chia.
Kababeque’s Lamb and Beef Gyro ($9). Who brought the grill-out party to my music festival?
Lamba’s Indian Kitchen’s Samosas with Mango Chutney ($10). Because vegetarians gotta eat, too.
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro’s Double Cheeseburger ($12). Tim Love celebrates a decade of throwing down at the fest with his classic burger.
Micklethwait Craft Meats’ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese ($12). One of the city’s best makes for a real fest treat.
Mmmpanadas’ Spinach and Mushroom Empanada ($8). Eat your veggies.
Noble Sandwich Co.’s Cuban ($7). Gooey, tangy and crunchy.
Shade Tree Organic Lemonade’s Blueberry Lemonade ($5). You’re outside and summer lasts forever if you have lemonade.
Sno-Beach’s Strawberry Coconut Cone ($5). Feel like a kid all weekend.
Tacodeli’s Tacos (two for $10). I’m partial to the picadillo and the sirloin with grilled onions and peppers.
Torchy's Tacos’ Lobster Tostada ($9). Something nice and fresh is always a good way to start a day. The chilled lobster salad comes with bright guacamole.
Wholly Cow Burgers’ Cheeseburger ($9). Grass-fed beef on a King’s Hawaiian bun? I’m in.