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Don’t miss these ACL eats

Ashley Zhang / Thresher

By Hadley Medlock     10/10/23 8:49pm

Aside from an impressive slate of artists to see over the next two weekends, you can’t miss the food at Austin City Limits. From sweet treats to savory eats, there’s sure to be something for every friend you’re going with. Here are some ACL dining options you won’t want to miss. 


If you’re a weirdly big fan of frozen, chocolate-covered bananas (okay, maybe that’s just me), you’ll love Bananarchy. Aside from the fun name, they also offer a do-it-yourself option. You can choose from four different sauces to dip your banana in, numerous toppings to coat it and finish off with a drizzle of your choice. If you struggle with decision paralysis, they also have pre-determined combos to choose from — personally, I’m eyeing the Texas-Two Step. 

Tiny Pies

These fit-in-your-palm pies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth,coming in flavors from a traditional apple crumb to key lime and peanut caramel crunch. Their website says their fan favorite, though, is the Texas Two Step (a popular name, it seems) – a Texas pecan pie layered with chocolate brownie. They also serve savory pot pies, breakfast pies and empanadas. 

JP’s Pancake Company

JP’s Pancake Company started with owner JP Udenenwu cooking up pancakes for coworkers at a Taco Cabana.They now dish out miniature, bite-sized flapjacks in a cup with toppings like blueberries, white chocolate, peanut butter or, of course, maple syrup. They also have their own take on the fried Oreos of carnival fame, serving them with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. 


If you miss Oh My Gogi, you should give Chi’Lantro a try. A Korean BBQ-inspired spot, Chi’Lantro will hit the spot if you’re looking for a rice bowl or their signature kimchi fries. They also serve ssäm, a Korean dish that means “wrapped” and includes lettuce, meat, veggies and other toppings. A Chi’Lantro location has also recently opened up in Houston Heights, so you can check it out after the festival as well. 

East Side King

Originally a food truck behind an Austin bar, East Side King has now grown into multiple brick-and-mortar locations serving up Asian-fusion small plates. From pork buns to beet home fries, East Side King has an array of delicious food, including options that accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. They also have a location at POST in Houston so you can eat right here at home even if you don’t catch their ACL food truck.


Of course, I can’t let you go without at least one BBQ recommendation, and Micklethwait looked like one of the best. Named after owner John Micklethwait (with a silent “th”), this spot serves a variety of oak-fired meats and sides like jalapeno cheese grits and lemon poppy slaw. Texas Monthly has also deemed it one of the “10 Best BBQ joints in Texas,” so I wouldn’t miss out. 


If you’re 21+ and also curious about the drink options, ACL provides a plethora. You can check out the Wine Grove that features light, fizzy BRŸT wines. The Barton Springs Beer Hall will have an ale list mostly curated by Texas’ own Karbach Brewing Co. There are also other cocktail bars and drink stations located throughout the festival. 

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