Outside Lands, like any music festival, is reliant upon stellar food to ensure the natives don’t get restless. But because your stomach can only take so much, we’ve done the work for you and found out what you should be eating and where. Read on, and keep a napkin on hand to wipe away your inevitable saliva.
Best Damn Cheeseburgers, because how could that name make you want to do anything except devour that burger as quickly as possible? Also, this place knows their meat. They know that SF natives are serious about their meats, and 4505 delivers high quality, great tasting food. Every. Damn. Time.
Big Chef Tom’s Best Pork Belly Burgers. Try saying that title ten times fast. Yeah, I couldn’t either. What I can do is tell you that pork belly sounds weird but tastes like if bacon and that delicious fat you find on lamb or steak mated and had an incredibly tasty baby. Was that too graphic? Sorry, can’t hear you through that pork belly burger you’re eating.
Boba Milk Teas. I was in a sorority, and we drank an unhealthy amount of boba tea. Do I regret it? No. Will I continue to drink it too much? Yes. Also, their logo is an armadillo which shouldn’t be cute but totally is.
Gourmet S’Mores. I like regular smores enough to say that I don’t know what a gourmet s’more is but I know I’m here for it.
Steak Fries. My two favorite things combined in one glorious partnership. Sorry, let me wipe off the drool from my chin now.
Funnel Cakes, Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs. Their name alone is three amazing concepts combined to make something the most amazing. Summer food is the best food. Summer bodies are overrated.
Pesto Potato Roasted Garlic Pizza Slices. I live next door to this place, and I have had more drunken slices than I’d like to admit but also enough sober slices to tell you that this will most likely be one of the best pizza slices of your entire life. You’re welcome.
Cold Brew Iced Coffee. I was a barista for an excellent coffee shop in the Haight that you should for sure check out called Flywheel Coffee Roasters. Because I was a barista you should trust me when I say that you need to drink this coffee. Drink it hungover, drink it sober, I don’t care just drink it now and thank me later.
Cotton Candy Bouquets, Mini Doughnut Sundaes. As a self-proclaimed spelling and grammar nazi, the spelling of this hurts me to my core. However, I’ll allow it on the basis that they give me free cotton candy bouquets and mini doughnut sundaes. Also, gentlemen, pro tip, get your girlfriend a cotton candy bouquets instead of a floral one. You’ll thank me later.
Fried Chicken Gyoza. I live across from a sushi restaurant and I’m here to tell you that chicken gyoza forever changed my life and my tastebuds and I could not be more grateful. Eat the chicken. Don’t you dare offer to share.
Kamikaze Fries, Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches. The name of these fries concern me for what they might do to my stomach, but they taste so good I don’t even care. Also macaroon plus ice cream equals dessert heaven.
Fried Chicken & Waffles. Possibly the best flavor combination of all time. I’d prefer a big skillet instead of a little one if I’m being honest.
Thin Crust and Deep Dish Pizza Slices. I ordered a deep dish from here after receiving excessive secondhand high living across from needle park on 4/20. Still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The fact that I may or may not have been high-ish is irrelevant.
Marlowe Bacon Burgers. This place is known for their burgers. And we all know bacon makes everything better. Listen now, talk later.
Hawaiian Ahi Poke. I went to Hawaii. I ate poke. I realized it doesn’t get the credit it deserves. My life was forever changed. I still crave poke daily. Order this ish now.
Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Curly Fries. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a big fried chicken fan. But I’ve also tried and tested this chicken and can vouch that it is delicious. Also everyone knows that curly fries > regular fries.
Porcini Doughnuts with Raclette Cheese. My mouth salivated just reading that sentence. Mushroom donuts covered in melty cheese. Nuff said.
Sausage Poutine. We can thank that Canadians for many things: maple syrup, hockey, Ryan Gosling, and of course, poutine. It’s fries coated in gravy, cheese curds, and in this case, sausage. Use napkins.
Pork Belly Tacos. Read prior mention of the glory that is pork belly. You’re welcome.
Cookie Dough Pretzel Ice Cream. Smitten has managed to make science delicious. Watch the dry ice technology convert their liquid base to dope Af ice cream. This flavor is also a personal favorite of mine.
Smoked Brisket Sandwiches. Texas bbq is undeniably some of the best in the country. And brisket is about as good as bbq gets. Do it. Thank me later.
Donut Cheeseburgers. These suckers sold out within hours last year. Come early and indulge in two of your favorites in one.
Liège Waffles Stuffed with Fried Chicken. I don’t even know what liege means but they had me at stuffed with fried chicken. The best combo ever coming together to make delicious magic. Priceless.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato Soup. The two best combos comfort food has to offer. I went to a grilled cheese festival and this place killed the game. Cheesy goodness at its best.
Pastrami Cheese Fries. I love cheese fries. They are two great partners in crime.
TRUCKS + CARTS
Bourbon Coke Floats. Alchohol + soda + ice cream = winning.
Mochas with Homemade Ganache. I used to pronounce that word gah notch ay. Not my smartest hour. But truth is no matter how you spell it it’s essentially delicious fudge. And they’re putting it in coffee. You can’t lose here.
Senor Sisig Burritos. This food truck is next to my apartment every Thursday. And they deliver every time. Do it. You’ll be in heaven.
Chocolate Krackle and Snickerdoodle Cookies with Milk
Liquid Chocolate Bars
Artisan Cupcakes, Karamel Corn
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Brownies
Trucks & Carts
[featured image from @Outsidelands on Instagram]