Where ACL Fest musicians eat in Austin: Elizabeth McQueen
The singer-songwriter and KUTX DJ was sad to see her longtime favorite, Tamale House on Airport Boulevard, close earlier this year. But Tamale House East has helped temper the pain.
“I think Tamale House has always had the best migas ever,” McQueen said. “Since they’re wet migas, they’re very special. Nobody makes migas like Tamale House. And their salsa is out of control. I went to the East Sixth Street location, and I was very satisfied with the whole Tamale House experience.”
When she needs a caffeinated pick-me-up, the former Asleep at the Wheel vocalist says, “Houndstooth Coffee has the best espresso in town.”
From its upcycled vintage plates to the sharable, small-plate experience, Bryce Gilmore’s farm-to-table restaurant Odd Duck fits the bill for McQueen when she wants to go more upscale.
“Odd Duck is one of my favorite places in town,” McQueen said. “Not only because their food is absolutely delicious, but if you’re going to be paying a lot of money for dinner, they have an ethos I would like to support. And for fancy dining, it’s pretty affordable.”
McQueen got off the road earlier this year, and says when she’s on tour she likes to find food specific to the region she’s visiting. She searches for a good Italian deli in Chicago, fresh seafood in San Francisco, cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, and, before In-N-Out Burger came to town, McQueen and company used to hunt down locations of the burger chain. They once took a $75 cab in Vegas to find one.
As for her home at this year’s ACL Fest, McQueen says of Austin Kiddie Limits.
“Sometimes it’s the nicest place at ACL. It’s relaxed. There’s shade. And there’s always somebody selling lemonade.”
Elizabeth McQueen performs at Austin Kiddie Limits at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 5, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11.