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.

4505 MEATS

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 BELLY BURGERS

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 GUYS

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.

CHARLES CHOCOLATES

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.

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CHEESE STEAK SHOP

Steak Fries. My two favorite things combined in one glorious partnership. Sorry, let me wipe off the drool from my chin now.

ENDLESS SUMMER SWEETS

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.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK PIZZA

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.

FOUR BARREL COFFEE

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.

HOOK’T ON SUGAR & SPUN

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.

ITANI RAMEN

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.

KOJA KITCHEN

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.

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LITTLE SKILLET

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.

LITTLE STAR PIZZA

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

Marlowe Bacon Burgers. This place is known for their burgers. And we all know bacon makes everything better. Listen now, talk later.

PACIFIC CATCH

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.

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PROPOSITION CHICKEN

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.

RICH TABLE

Porcini Doughnuts with Raclette Cheese. My mouth salivated just reading that sentence. Mushroom donuts covered in melty cheese. Nuff said.

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ROSAMUNDE SAUSAGE GRILL

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.

ROVE KITCHEN

Pork Belly Tacos. Read prior mention of the glory that is pork belly. You’re welcome.

SMITTEN ICE CREAM

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.

SOUTHPAW BBQ

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. 

STRAW

Donut Cheeseburgers. These suckers sold out within hours last year. Come early and indulge in two of your favorites in one.

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SUITE FOODS WAFFLES

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.  

THE AMERICAN GRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN

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.

WISE SONS DELI

Pastrami Cheese Fries. I love cheese fries. They are two great partners in crime.

TRUCKS + CARTS

HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE

Bourbon Coke Floats. Alchohol + soda + ice cream = winning.

LADY FALCON COFFEE CLUB

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

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.

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CHOCO LANDS

EPIC COOKIES

Chocolate Krackle and Snickerdoodle Cookies with Milk

GUITTARD CHOCOLATE

Liquid Chocolate Bars

KARA’S CUPCAKES

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Artisan Cupcakes, Karamel Corn

SHARONA’S CHOCOLATE SHOP

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Brownies

More options:

Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas

Alba Ray’s

Azalina’s 

Bini’s Kitchen 

Black Cat

Dabba

Earthly Delights

El Huarache Loco

Fearless Coffee

Fine and Rare

FK Frozen Custard Bars

FOB Kitchen 

Freshroll 

Glaze Teriyaki 

Global Gourmet

Homestead Cookies

Izakaya Sozai

Loving Cup

Lucca Foods

Nombe

Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen

Precita Park Cafe

Sabores Del Sur

Sataysfied

Split Pea Seduction

Stones Throw 

Tacolicious

Tartine Manufactory

The Farmer’s Wife

The Japanese Pantry

The Little Chihuahua

The Monk’s kettle

The Up and Under Pub and Grill

Three Babes

Three Twins Ice Cream 

Trucks & Carts 

Chairman Truck

Curry Up Now

Del Popolo

Jackrabbit

Living Greens

Mozzeria

Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos

Those Fabulous Frickle Brothers 

 

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