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Sep 13, 2011 01:56 PM

ACL Weekend - help appreciated

nyc hound coming in for weekend.

staying at intercontinental downtown
i'm looking for:
1) late night eats - will be at fest till 10p - where do i eat after?
2) festival favorites? any standouts other than salt lick?
3) breakfast spots - nothing fancy, just something good near my hotel

any other suggestions like food trucks not to be missed or good bars with great food is appreciated!

looking forward to a great (and hot) weekend in austin!

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  1. Just checked out this year's vendors and the two I wouldn't miss are Odd Duck Farm to Trailer and Olivia for the fried chicken.

    I've heard that Odd Duck puts out some of the finest food in Austin. Never mind that it comes out of a trailer. The chef/owner, Bryce Gilmore made Food & Wine's top 10 best new chefs in the US list this year. If you're on South Lamar at any time, you might want to check out his brick & mortar, Barley Swine.

    Olivia's chef, James Holmes, is opening up a casual fried chicken joint. If he's proud enough of it to open a restaurant to serve it, I figure it's worth checking out, at least.

    For breakfast, if you're in the mood for a Sunday brunch buffet (with a few a la carte choices included in the price), one of my favorites is at Lamberts. It's a little pricey, but it's one of my favorites in town.

    Hope it's not too hot and dry for ya!

    1. The Austin Food Bloggers Alliance puts together a city guide every year for SXSW. It has great information on all types of food in Austin.

      1. If you're talking about Salt Lick at the festival itself, I wouldn't bother. The meat is dry and blah.

        A sort-of tradition at the festival is the chicken cone from Hudson's. A piece of chicken baked (I think) in a cornflake crust drizzled in sauce in a tortilla. The tortilla is in one of those wrappers that holds snowcones, or did, back in the day. At the bottom is some nice cole slaw. Prettty good for festival fare.

        As for general festival fare, seek out the unusual stuff. The food court is run by a chef of some reknown here in Austin, and he has set out to provide very interesting and diverse choices for the festival. Unique choices but he (and the restaurants) have remembered the importance of portability and ease of assembly.

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        1. re: Rice Checks

          Here's a much better description of the chicken cone: Hudson's on the Bend owner Jeff Blank, who has been curating the ACL Fest food court since the festival began nine years ago, originally created the Hot & Crunchy Chicken Cone using the breading from his restaurant's Hot `n' Crunchy Trout recipe. The fried chicken is topped with mango-jalapeno slaw and ancho sauce, wrapped in a tortilla and placed in a paper cup. The popularity of the chicken cone led to shrimp and avocado iterations and a trailer eatery on South Congress Avenue.

          This was taken from the following article about ACL festival food:

        2. Do NOT be tempted by the mighty cone. After 6 years of going to ACL fest I finally gave in to see what all the craze was about. I should have spent my $$ elsewhere.

          Olivia's fried chicken was amazing last year. Kinda messy for festival food but worth it so grab some napkins and enjoy! My boyfriend has at least one of the Sloppy Nachos a day from Saltlick. The lonesome dove beef and mushroom skewers were also good. Sneak in some rum to make a dark and stormy with Maine Root's Gingerbrew.

          I'm looking forward to Odd Duck this year to see what their minds came up with for mass produced fest food. Lots of newcomers too!

          Have a blast!

          Odd Duck
          1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704