Coachella’s Food Options Are Like A-List All the Way

Photograph: Adam Corey Thomas

Festival snacks, fine dining, pop-up restos, and more, to whet your appetite for Coachella 2019

29 March 2019 |   | LA Magazine

You’re probably not going to Coachella for the food–but the fact that the festival always brings it on dining options certainly makes the weekend a more pleasant experience.

No matter how many performers on the lineup you love, there’s always going to be downtime when you want to grab something to eat. Thanks to expansions–including a whole Roy Choi complex called KogiTown–this year’s #foodchella might be the best one yet.


Beloved L.A. chef Roy Choi brings some of his concepts together in one area. On the menu you’ll find Kogi burritos and tacos stuffed with short rib, chicken, or tofu, a mix of Chego bowls, and several options of Chego fries, including an exclusive Ooey Gooey Fries dish with sour cream sambal and kimchi. Nearby, you’ll also find concessions from Shake ShackWingmanPB&J, and McConnell’s.

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Kogi Tacos


Outstanding in the Field

One of the secret hacks of Coachella life is to treat yourself to an Outstanding in the Field meal on one evening. You’ll join fellow diners in the lush VIP rose garden, and enjoy sitting (blessed sitting!) and eating a proper meal.

The chefs on deck are all top tier: Shirly Chung and Casey Thompson (4/12), Nyesha Arrington and Jessica Largey (4/13), Elisabeth PrueittKatie Hagan-Whelchel, and Leah Chin-Katz (4/14), Adam Sobel and Ray Garcia (4/19), Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (4/20), and Jason Neroni (4/21). Don’t have VIP festival passes? Don’t worry. A ticket to the dinner includes VIP access for the entire day of your reservation.

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Outstanding in the Field


Gwen Pop-Up Restaurant

Aussie celeb chef Curtis Stone and his brother Luke Stone bring their L.A. restaurant Gwen out to the desert for the festival. Book a reservation via OpenTable just like you would in the city, and you’ll not only enjoy a great meal (with options for a variety of dietary preferences), you’ll also skip the whole, walking around, food in hand, waiting for someone to get up drama.

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Lamb Ribs by Gwen


On-Site Postmates Service

Nobody likes missing the set they wanted to see because they were stuck waiting in line for food. Ensure this never befalls you by placing your food orders on your phone with the Postmates app (pray for data). You’ll be able to order from Top RoundHanjipMs. ChiFat DragonTrejos TacosSweetfin PokePizzanistaWolf, Monty’s Good Burger, or Cheezus, along with an assortment of beer, cocktail, and soft drink options. When your order is ready at your selected pickup point, just grab and go.

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Orange Chicken Burrito by Fat Dragon


Indio Central Market

When you’re ready to take a break from the festival action, duck out of the sun and into this covered food marketplace. Inside you’ll find a variety of comforting classics, including KonbiVan Leeuwen ice cream, Fat DragonHawkin’s House of BurgersVegatinosRamen HoodMs. ChiHanjipPizza by Round 2,MatchaBarCheezusSweetfin Poke, and LAMILL. Also returning this year is David Chang’s Fuku fried chicken stand which was a hit with 2018 festival-goers.

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Fuku Fried Chicken Sandwich


Beer Barn & Bars

Inside the Beer Barn, you’ll find beer (did you guess?) and other beverages, along with food options, including Beer BellyTrejos Tacos800 Degrees, a second Fukulocation, and a concept from chefs Bruce Kalman and Tyler Anderson called Square Peg. Tucked within the Beer Barn is the Cabin, a cocktail bar from the Houston Brothers. It’s not the only “hidden” bar on the festival grounds; keep an eye out for PDTiki, as well.

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VIP Dining

It is a fact of festival life that some things are only available to those who splash out for VIP status. That’s apparent in the dining selections, which include two different VIP-only food pods. Scan your wristband for access to options including WolfTacos 1986Feedman’sBackyard BowlsPlaya ProvisionsLove Hour, Madre!The Rose VeniceKazu NoriNana LuChingu, Me’zeCha Cha MatchaBroken Shaker, and Augustine Wine Car (not a typo; it’s a wine bar on wheels).

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Smashburger by Love Hour


The Boardwalk

Another fun on-the-go snack option, the Boardwalk offers options from Pressed JuiceryTacos Lobos, Salt & StrawSeabirds, and Milk Box. Don’t miss the Coachella-only mango matcha by Milk Box, one of the O.C.’s best boba spots.
Boba by Milk Box


Peet’s Coffee Tap Room and Bus

Need a little burst of caffeine to keep you going? Peet’s coffee expands their partnership with Coachella this year to include a new Cold Brew Tap Room concept, where ice cold coffee will flow. Elsewhere on the grounds, a Peet’s bus will offer misers, free coffee samples, and phone charging stations.


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Original Link: From KogiTown to On-Site Postmates Service, Coachella’s Food Options Are A-List All the Way

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