Food and drink vendors at the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival

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You can’t make it through ACL Festival subsisting solely on tunes and beer and maybe some Tito’s. You’re gonna have to eat at some point. Once again, ACL Fest is rolling out a huge roster of local food and beverage operators. And this year, they’ve added a second location to grab your grub. In addition to the original ACL Eats food court on the north side of the park, there is also now an auxiliary Eats area with several vendors on the south side of the park (map here).

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This year’s vendors list includes longtime favorites like P. Terry’s, JuiceLand and Amy’s Ice Cream, and, as always, there are some new faces, as well. Forthcoming South African restaurant Peli Peli, a Houston import slated to open in Austin this year, will be on hand, as will Shake Shack and Kababeque. Last year’s rookies, Bananarchy, Way South Philly, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Wholly Cow, all return for a second go at it. Absent this year are Hat Creek Burger Co., the recently shuttered Mighty Bird and Freebirds. The ACL Eats vendors will accept cash, credit and debit cards along with the ACL Cashless payments.   Three-day passes for Weekend Two are still on sale, as are individual tickets for Friday and Sunday each week, along with discounted options for students and military.

The fest even made a tasty video to tempt you.

Other ACL vendors returning from last year include:

Austin’s Pizza

Burro Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Chi’Lantro BBQ

East Side King

GoodPop Popsicles

High Brew Coffee

JuiceLand

Lambas Indian Kitchen

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Maine Root Beverages

Mighty Cone

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P. Terry’s Burger Stand

Shade Tree Organic Lemonade

Skull & Cakebones

Sno-Beach

Southside Flying Pizza

Tamale Addiction

The Peached Tortilla

The Salt Lick

Tiff’s Treats

Tinos Greek Café

Torchy’s Tacos

Trudy’s

Micklethwait Craft Meats top lines roster of new Austin City Limits Festival food vendors

Austin City Limits Festival goers will have a new option for barbecue at the ACL Eats food court this year, as Micklethwait Craft Meats will be serving at the two-weekend festival at Zilker Park. The first time vendor is joined by other newcomers Bananarchy, Way South Philly and Wholly Cow, which could give P. Terry’s a run for its burger money. There are still general admission tickets for sale for both Sundays. Buy here.

Return vendors are listed here:

Amy’s Ice Creams

Austin’s Pizza

Burro Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Chi’Lantro BBQ

East Side King

Freebirds World Burrito

GoodPop Popsicles

Hat Creek Burger Co.

High Brew Coffee

JuiceLand

Lambas Indian Kitchen

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Maine Root Beverages

Mighty Bird

Mighty Cone

mmmpanada

Terry’s Burger Stand

Shade Tree Organic Lemonade

Skull & Cakebones

Snowie

Southside Flying Pizza

Tamale Addiction

The Peached Tortilla

The Salt Lick

Tiff’s Treats

Tinos Greek Café

Torchy’s Tacos

Trudy’s

 

Where ACL Fest musicians eat in Austin: Emily Wolfe

(Credit: Steve Alcala)
(Credit: Steve Alcala)

Emily Wolfe and her band will give early-risers a taste of their brooding power pop just a few days after their new EP lands. Though three of her band members are vegetarian or vegan, Wolfe’s tastes run the gamut. Her favorites, in her words, include:

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Takoba: The fried fish tacos. I really like the food culture over on the east side.

Clark’s Oyster Bar: The hamburger and oysters. The best oysters I’ve ever had, hands down.

24 Diner: The meatloaf – it’s the best meatloaf I have ever had … sorry, Mom. They put cheese in the middle.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue: The wild boar ribs. I can eat an entire plate of those things. I think they put magic on them. The queso is the best I’ve had in town, as well.

Homeslice: Margherita and pepperoni pizzas, and pear gorgonzola salad. It’s the best in Austin.

Gourdough’s Public House: The Frito Pie is amazing. It comes in a tiny Frito’s bag.

Emily Wolfe at ACL: 11:15 a.m. Sunday on the Austin Ventures stage.

Where ACL Fest musicians eat in Austin: Riders Against the Storm

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Husband-and-wife hip-hop duo Chaka Mpeanaji and Qi Dada blow into Zilker Park for their debut ACL Fest appearance following a blistering set at the Weird City Hip-Hop Festival. Their tastes range from comfort cooking to refined tasting menus. Some of their favorites in their own words:

Nubian Queen Lola’s: Flavor and spice from NOLA, and a big bang for your buck. Her downhome touch in the kitchen is pure magic.

Hoover’s Cooking: When you just want some nice and easy, no-frills comfort food that sticks to you.

Nice N Ful Vegetarian Soul Food: Good people and flavorful, healthier options.

Veracruz All Natural (Cesar Chavez location): Fresh ingredients and great aguas frescas.

Nubian Queen Lola's is one of many places husband-and-wife duo Riders Against the Storm frequent in Austin.
Nubian Queen Lola’s is one of many places husband-and-wife duo Riders Against the Storm frequent in Austin.

Tyson’s Tacos: It’s a great neighborhood spot with lots of affordable and quirky taco options.

P. Terry’s: Best french fries in the ATX fast food game. Veggie burger kicks booty, too.

Frank: Good veggie hotdog and fixins. Great coffee!

Qui: We went there for Qi’s birthday this year, and man, that food was ridiculous! So much flavor! Expensive, but worth it for special occasions.

Gourdough’s: Doughnuts from every angle imaginable. What else do you want?

Red Rabbit Bakery: Vegan desserts galore that are off the chain!

888 Pan Asian Restaurant: Very affordable and fresh Asian options.

Riders Against the Storm at ACL: 11:15 a.m. Saturday on the Austin Ventures stage.

Where ACL Fest musicians eat in Austin: Adrian Quesada of Spanish Gold

Adrian Quesada (right) and his wife, Celeste, like to hit Justine's for date-night dinners. (Credit: Alysse Gafkjen)
Adrian Quesada (right) and his wife, Celeste, like to hit Justine’s for date-night dinners. (Credit: Alysse Gafkjen)

Guitar wizard and groove-maker Adrian Quesada has played ACL Fest with his Austin-based band, Grupo Fantasma, but takes the stage at Zilker for the first time with his new project, Spanish Gold, featuring drummer Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour). So, where does the man who has jammed with Prince like to eat when he’s home in Austin?

“Papas rancheras tacos at San Juanitas are always a hit; Tacorrido good for on the run; Justine’s for a date night with my wife; Whip In for great food and beer; and there’s the super obvious, super consistent mainstays like Hopdoddy (buffalo burger or veggie) and the occasional Uchi splurge – they’re obvious for a reason.”

Quesada digs the food and excellent beer selection of the Whip In in South Austin. (Credit: Rudy Gonzalez)
Quesada digs the food and excellent beer selection of the Whip In in South Austin. (Credit: Rudy Gonzalez)

Quesada says that while eating on the road may sound glamorous, the main concern is making sure you start your day with a decent cup of coffee. When he has the option of being picky in certain towns, Quesada looks for Ethiopian cuisine in Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and Asian food in Seattle. As for favorite stops around the country, the Laredo native namechecks the Hamilton in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, and the Earl in Atlanta. And, when in need of a hangover fix, there’s always Waffle House.

Adrian Quesada and Spanish Gold perform at the Samsung Galaxy Stage at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11.

Where ACL Fest musicians eat in Austin: Elizabeth McQueen

Elizabeth McQueen loves the wet migas at Tamale House East. (Credit: Todd Wolfson)
Elizabeth McQueen loves the wet migas at Tamale House East. (Credit: Todd Wolfson)

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.”

Tamale House on Airport Boulevard closed, but Tamale House East still delivers excellent migas.
Tamale House on Airport Boulevard closed, but Tamale House East still delivers excellent migas.

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.