The annual music festival continues to one-up itself in the eating department
Coachella, the massive music festival out in Indio every spring, comes back this year with a food lineup as impressive as its music. Many of the same vendors that made a splash in previous years will return, though some surprises remain for this year, but the big change this year is a Postmates “pickup” where festival goers can preorder dishes from a number of restaurants (sadly, no delivery).
Big new entrants this year are Echo Park’s Konbi, whose Japanese convenience store katsu sandos ruled Instagram last year, Hawkin’s House of Burgers, Tacos 1986 (Main VIP), Freedman’s (Main VIP), Madre (also in VIP), Love Hour (a smash burger spot that popped up recently at Smorgasburg), and Curtis Stone’s Gwen (which also resides in VIP). This year it seems the vendor mix is a little tighter, a little more edited and slightly less #branded, though the inevitable Instagram bait like Sweetfin, Salt & Straw, and Fuku come back to flood social media for a few weekends in April.
Other highlights include the return of PDTiki, a Tiki-inspired speakeasy found somewhere in the event grounds, and a full pop-up restaurant from Curtis and Luke Stone, with reservations available on OpenTable.
Here’s the full Coachella food and drink lineup
Silver Lake’s new school Chinese restaurant will serve this amazing-looking orange chicken burrito, in addition to chow mein and veggie egg rolls.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
NYC’s famous ice cream shop, which will serve both dairy and loaded vegan ice creams in fresh cones.
Hawkin’s House of Burgers
Classic South LA burger stand serving beef burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and this monster of a dish called the Whipper, which comes with double cheese and patties, sausage, and pastrami.
Vegan Mexican street food, which sets up a stand outside of Donut Friend in Highland Park on Thursdays and at Woodman & Saticoy in Panaroma City on Fridays.
Echo Park’s popular Japanese convenience store-style sandwiches comes to Coachella for the first time and they’ll be serving an egg salad sandwich, pork katsu sando, and a green salad.
Pizza by Round 2
La Mill Coffee
A craft beer bar in Koreatown (and Long Beach). Fried oreos and beer, anyone?
A fried chicken spot from David Chang, which returns this year after debuting at the festival last year. Think of it as an upgraded Chick-Fil-A. Fuku seems to be everyone along the East Coast, but this is the only time and place to get it on the West Coast until Chang brings Fuku over to the best coast.
Brisket sandwiches, pulled pork, jalapeno and cheddar sausages, and more from Bruce Kalman (Knead Pasta Bar) and Tyler Anderson.
Everything to order from Postmates at Coachella
A note about Postmates situation at Coachella. There will be two places to pick up: one at General Admission and another at the Main VIP. The app will note which station to grab each order.
Monty’s Good Burger
This vegan burger spot in Koreatown comes to the festival to the first time.
Main VIP (wristband required)
This Tijuana-style taco vendor makes its first foray into Coachella this year after opening late in 2018. They’ll be serving their usual menu of carne asada, pork adobada, mushroom, quesadillas, mulitas, and vampiros. The off-menu bean-filled perron taco, inspired by Rosarito’s El Yaqui, will be available upon request.
Silver Lake’s updated Jewish deli will serve a pastrami crunchwrap supreme. Forreal.
Single and double patty smash burgers and fries that seem to be all the rage these days in LA.
Torrance’s mezcal-focused Oaxacan restaurant will serve beef barbacoa tacos, chicken barbacoa, and a tlayuda with marinated pork and black bean paste. Oaxacan food at Coachella is a big win.
Brothers Curtis and Luke Stone are doing a full on pop-up restaurant at Main VIP with everything from lamb ribs and smoked brisket to grilled shrimp kebabs.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Rose Garden VIP (wristband required)
Korean-style barbecue inspired by Hawaii from chef Chris Oh. Chingu will be serving Korean fried chicken wings, sesame fries, and a spicy ramen challenge.
Adam Sobel’s pizza bagel situation shows up just for Coachella. Pizza bagel flavors include scarmoza, calabrian pepperoni, and margherita.
Yours Truly chef Vartan Abgaryan does vegan Mediterranean comfort food such as avocado hummus, falafel wrap, and beet and grain bowl.
Augustine Wine Car
Cha Cha Matcha
Marcel Vigneron’s colorful return to tacos.
Popular boba shop from Orange County makes colorful matcha, thai iced, and sweet teas.
Salt & Straw
Roy Choi does an emporium of all his favorites, including Kogi tacos and Chego rice bowls.
The roadside-style burger spot comes back to Coachella, and the only place to get it is at the Food Court.
McConnell’s Ice Cream
Word of Mouth
Yes, for anyone at the campsites, there’s one vendor out there serving vegan food from a truck. Think buffalo fries and a Beyond Meat burger.
Source: LA Eater