Austin City Limits Food Festival

It’s October in Austin and only two things matter – Texas vs. OU and the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival. The first weekend of October came quick this year and it was hot, sweaty, exhausting, and just perfect. Fun was had, music was heard, food was eaten, and friends were made. We could write a book about the amazing music from Childish Gambino to Tame Impala, and Mumford & Sons, but we’ll leave that for another post.

Each year ACL makes improvements to every part of the experience and that includes the food. ACL Eats this year came back with an expanded lineup that included favorites like Torchy’s, the Mighty Cone, Amy’s Ice Cream, and The Salt Lick. Nothing beats amazing festival food from your favorite Austin vendors, listing to crazy awesome music, and catching Texas football and Astros baseball in between.

Our favorites from this years ACL Eats:

The Beer Garden

Let’s face it, it can get hot in Austin in October and the perfect solution is the beer garden. Ice cold beer, chairs, and massive screens to catch the Longhorns, Astros, and NFL games on made it the perfect recharge station between our favorite sets.

Chi’Lantro BBQ

Chi’Lantro BBQ is a Korean-inspired restaurant company that opened in Austin, Texas in 2010. Since then, the former food truck operation has opened 7 locations in the Austin area. They are known for their Korean fusion dishes including the World-Famous Kimchi Fries. It was the perfect Friday lunch! (Does not need to be highlighted)

Torchy’s Tacos

Do we even need to say more?

Torchy’s Tacos started in 2006 with a mobile trailer: a little red Vespa. Before we knew it, people were rallying beside the taco stand hollering, “damn these tacos are good!” and the legacy began. Today, Torchy’s Tacos operates over 50 locations throughout Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.With names like the Washingtonian (smoked pulled pork, grilled onions, jack cheese, pickle, and avocado) or Trailer Park (fried chicken, green chile, pico de gallo, and poblano sauce) you can’t go wrong with Torchy’s for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast.

Honorable Mentions

Tiff’s Treats – Tiff’s Treats is famous for bringing hot, fresh-from-the-oven cookies and brownies to hungry treat lovers everywhere, and perfect for the mid-day festival sugar high.

Shawarma Point – Shawarma Point was born in 2013 as a Modern Mediterranean Eatery in Austin. If you want a meal with fresh meat,, flavorful, and easy to eat – they are your go to!

Mighty Cone – Mighty Cone was born at the first ACL Festival in 2002! Their iconic “Hot & Crunchy” cones are the ideal festival food – transportable yet delicious – and an Austin staple.

Tame Impala

Chris Kim

A passionate Texan with a flair for capturing the essence of the Lone Star State through his words. Born and raised in the heart of Texas, Chris brings a unique perspective. With a background in journalism and a love for storytelling, he weaves together narratives that transport readers to the vibrant landscapes and rich culture of Texas. Whether he's exploring hidden gems in local communities or savoring the diverse flavors of Texan cuisine, Chris invites you on a journey to discover the untold stories that make Texas so tantalizing.