Weekend Two of ACL Festival is upon us! ACL is known for having amazing food as much as it is known for having incredible music. In addition to the festival itself curating a collection of vendors for every craving, Austin is a playground for foodies. Here are our picks for morning, afternoon and night.
DURING THE FEST
Keep an eye out for SkinnyPop pedicabs, who will be giving out free rides (and popcorn!) from 12pm to 9pm throughout the festival grounds! And these are just a few of the food selections that will be available at the ACL Eats food court:
Burro Cheese Kitchen
Whatever line has accrued will be worth the wait for one of their cheesy creations, like the Waylon & Willie (sourdough, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, pepperoncinis, spicy maple ba-con sauce).
Chef Tim Love will be coming from Fort Worth to bring us some of his signature items from Woodshed,like smoked chicken tamales with salsa verde and bbq pork ribs.
It wouldn’t be a festival without Chi’Lantro’s famous kimchi fries, a delicious mess of Korean BBQ beef and sauce atop golden fries. They’ll also be offering a veggie option, as well as fried chicken or tofu tacos.
East Side King
Another Austin staple will be representing at the fest with some of their classic dishes, like their fresh, bright brussels sprout salad with basil, cilantro and mint and their crunchy Thai chicken kara-age.
Though P. Terry’s is just a hop, skip and a jump from the fest anyway (and another great late option after the fest), they’re also bringing their classic flat top burgers and fresh-cut fries right to the grounds!
AFTER THE FEST
24 Diner is very close to the fest and has a great selection of dishes made using lots of local ingredients. However, do expect a wait!
If you plan on leaving a little early, head to nearby Sway for their flavorful Thai cuisine; they are open until 10pm.
For a very nearby (yet worlds away) respite from the crowds, head to Cafe Josie on West 6th Street- they serve until 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays (but note they are closed on Sun-days).
Home Slice Pizza
Home Slice’s restaurant is open until midnight on weekends, while their slice window is open until 3am. That’s enough time to battle through the crowds and grab a few drinks on the way too!
Turf and Surf Po’Boys
Check out Turf and Surf’s Barton Springs location and grab a huge, delicious po’boy right after the music ends.
Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que
Located right on Barton Springs, Uncle Billy’s is your one stop shop for all things barbecue plus tasty homebrew. They serve until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.
Ramen Tatsu-ya is extending their hours from 10pm until 12 midnight on festival nights, so you can indulge in a comforting, hot bowl of ramen at their nearby South Lamar location!
This Italian beauty on Barton Springs will be opening early (9am) through both weekends to serve coffee and pastries (cornettis, pecan toffee buns and olive oil muffins) by pastry chef Carly Rossmeissl, with a full brunch menu (including cocktails!) starting at 10am.
Café No Sé
The recently opened cafe attached to the South Congress Hotel is your one stop shop for coffee (their own customized Cuvee blend), housemade creations by pastry chef Amanda Rockman, and larger plates by executive chef Michael Paley (try their exquisite fruit and granola plate or the daily scramble).
If it’s something green that’ll set you straight, Juiceland is your place and it’s conveniently located just outside the festival. Choose from a laundry list of various smoothie and juice blends, as well as shots of yerba maté, wheatgrass, oreganol and more.
This trailer opened on Barton Springs just in the nick of time, for chicken and waffles, stuffed French toast and biscuits and gravy are never a bad way to start the day, particularly when you have an ACL fire to fuel.