One of my goals in establishing HungryOutlaw.com was that I wanted to explore the relationship between great live music & awesome food. If you read my bio, you would see I believe the two are directly related, as both require talent and artistry to be awesome. ACL is one of those festivals that really drives that point home.
Every year in early October, crowds of well over 100,000 plus pour into Austins Zilker Park for one of the countries premiere music festivals. Austin City Limits started as the PBS music series that airs every Saturday night for the past 41 years, hence being the longest running music television series in history. As a result of the shows popularity over time, ACL Fest was born. This year was exceptional and featured some of the worlds best artists. Everyone from the iconic Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr, Sturgill Simpson to up and coming stars like Leon Bridges & Royal Blood. 8 stages and over 100 bands fill the Texas sized park each of the weekends. ACL needs to be a bucket list item for festival goers. It's music overload, as you will leave utterly exhausted.
While the music scene is the main reason people attend ACL, the ACL promoters have seen how festival goers expect to enjoy some of the finest bites in the ATX. They have a dedicated area with over 25 of Austins most famous food trucks. This year featured bites from immensely popular trucks like Via 313 Detroit Pizza, Kebobalicious, Mighty Cone, Chi'lantro, East Side Kings, & The Peached Tortilla (to name a few). As festival goers log several miles hiking the park from stage to stage, the smell of Austins finest bites fill the air. It gives the people that travel in to attend the festival the great opportunity to experience Austins well deserved reputation as a food & music town without ever having to step outside of the gates.
When you eventually do venture outside of Zilker Park, the city is booming all around with several official pre and post ACL shows at some of the cities coolest venues. This year, we saw some members of the Foo Fighters show up for a surprise show at the SoCo staple, The Continental Club. My brother & I were also lucky enough to attend a pre show taping for the long running music series as Leon Bridges graced the historic Austin City Limits stage @ Moody Theater for his first time ever.
Since I had my brother in town from Indianapolis, the two of us set out throughout the city to sample the best the city has to offer. Nothing like grabbing a late night post show bite at the Magnolia Cafe in the SoCo neighborhood. What better way to relax after then with some banana gingerbread pancakes and a plate of migas. At the same time, while in Austin, you need to find the killer tacos. Our places on this fine weekend to cure our taco cravings was yet another SoCo staple Gueros Tacos (made famous by Quentin Tarantino) & Marias Taco Express on South Lamar. Once we gave way to the taco craving, we decided that bring a pie home from Via 313 Detroit Pizza was in our best interest. It lived up to all of its hype. I have a special place in my heart for any pizza joint using multiple kinds of pepperoni.
If you like music festivals, I promise you, this may be in your best interest!!!