In a city known for everything from breakfast tacos to life-changing queso, it should come as no surprise food is a major attraction at Austin City Limits. The annual music festival hits Austin's Zilker Park two consecutive weekends: September 30 - October 2 and October 7 - October 9.
Though LL Cool J, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves and other big names in pop and hip-hop will headline the stage performances, the tastiest headlines will be at ACL's food court. Here's what you'll want to eat.
The Salt Lick
The famed barbecue spot is setting up smoke shop at ACL, where you'll find slow-cooked meats doused in Salt Lick's signature orange barbecue sauce (pour on some more, it's fine) and all the proper fixin's.
No trip to Austin is complete without a stop at Torchy's, and what better way to taste the best of Austin than at the city's most iconic festival?
Indulge in creamy queso, chips galore and, of course, the perfect festival finger food: tacos. Take your pick of the green chile pork carnitas or the Scallywag, stuffed with coconut-battered shrimp, bacon, jack cheese and homemade habanero peach jam. Street corn dripping with ancho aioli, queso fresco and New Mexico red chile powder is also in the lineup.
This trendy Texas spot combines Austin's passion for barbecue with the Korean sensation sweeping America. Visit Chilantro's booth at ACL for kimchi fries (beef or vegetarian), crispy Korean fried chicken tacos and Korean tofu tacos. Kimchi and beer pair so well together.
There's always money (money = dessert) in the banana stand at this Austin original.
Frozen bananas are dipped in chocolate (or vegan chocolate) and topped with your choice of cookies, candies, cereal, coconut and more. You know you want that Insta holding your sweet banana creation in front of the main stage during a set.
Say "hell no" to other addicting substances at the festival and say “HELL YES” to tamales. Flavors include pork with tomatillo sauce, chicken with mole, black beans with goat cheese and vegan spinach with caramelized onions. Tamales are easy to stuff in your mouth between sets.
It's all about the Tex-Mex in Austin and your festival fare shouldn't be any different. This 39-year-old establishment will be slinging out smoked beef brisket tinga nachos with avocado salsa, mini breaded avocados stuffed with spicy chicken and chimichangas drenched with as much chipotle ranch and queso as your heart desires.
Southside Flying Pizza
Baked fresh in Zilker Park, this artisanal pizza made from scratch is the cheese and carb boost you need during a day of dancing. You really can't go wrong biting into a plain slice, where cheesy strings of mozzarella stretch with every bite.