Everything You HAVE To Eat At Coachella (Including Some Top-Secret Menu Items!)

It’s that time of year again: Whether you’re catching up on the featured acts, finalizing your festival wardrobe, or learning how to make yourself a flower crown, Coachella is finally here, folks. And, while all of this prep is important, figuring out where you’re going to eat should be high on your list, too — especially considering the sheer number of top chefs and trendy restaurants making appearances at this year's festival.

So, how are you to navigate through a sea of food trucks, pop-ups, and stands while making sure you don’t miss out on the best bites? That’s where we come in. Because you have so much to eat and so little time, we’ve gone through the best dishes for every meal of the day — as well as some off-menu items that our favorite chefs are whipping up exclusively for you. Click through to peek them all, and be sure to pack your appetite on the road to Indio.



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Photo: Courtesy of Yeastie Boys Bagels.
Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you’re going to spend that day trudging around from stage to stage under the blazing sun. Consider starting off strong with a chorizo-and-egg or spicy vegetarian breakfast burrito from Custom Butcher at the Camping Counter. (Psst, they’ll also be serving these babies up late night!) Also at the Counter, you’ll find Yeastie Boys Bagels, where you can feast on hand-rolled bagels and inventive schemers, like date and cinnamon or beer cheese and jalapeño. Or, go for something a bit more hearty with their egg sandwich or bagel and lox.

If you want something light to go with your morning coffee from one of Verve Coffee Roasters many locations around the festival, you can’t go wrong with a Madagascar vanilla almond & honey bar from This Bar Saves Lives.

Save one morning to head over to Alvin Cailan’s Eggslut stand in the Rose Garden, and sample one of his coveted egg dishes. While he may not be serving up his typical sandwiches, his Eggslut Hangover Cure, a delicious bowl of soft scrambled eggs, hickory-smoked bacon, triple-cooked potatoes, chives, pea shoots, sour cream, charred scallions, and cheddar cheese, is more than we could ever dream of, especially if you ask for our special R29 version! It comes with an umami-packed helping of tender miso pulled pork with shallots, garlic, chili oil, and togarashi. Can you say eggs and bacon — and bacon?
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Photo: Courtesy of Kushiyaki Dog.
Lunch
By now, you're probably already exhausted — not to mention ravenous. If you’re looking for a hearty sandwich, head to Top Round Roast Beef, where you can pick up a chef-driven version of a Midwestern roast beef sandwich. Go for the Original Roast Beef, with "shake" seasoning, au jus, and an onion bun, or the Bar-B-Que, with fried onion and jalapeño straws, BBQ sauce, Provel cheese, and an onion bun. Either way, be sure to pair it with some hand-cut, beef-fat-fried fries, topped with their signature homemade cheese "wizz."

In the Beer Barn, you’ll also find the worldwide debut of Kushiyaki Dog, the much-anticipated hotdog concept by Jeffrey Lunak and Jevic Acain, both previously of Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant group. There are plenty of delicious options, but we say go for the "Coachella," because it's packed with caramelized onions, pickled sweet peppers, jalapeño wasabi relish, sriracha mayo, sweet soy glaze, wasabi furikake, and kizami nori. Plus, when in Coachella...

And finally, for tacos, you can’t go wrong with Pinches Tacos or Mexicali Taco & Co. So, taco crawl, anyone?
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramen Champ.
Dinner
If you’re burning out — from a full day of festival-style feasting, that is — and looking for a lighter dinner, opt for the fresh scallop and blue crab hand rolls at Kazunori, or cool green gazpacho with watercress, almond, and celery at Beefsteak, in the Rose Garden. But, if you want to get in on this festival season’s most anticipated sit-down meals, it’s all about Kris Morningstar’s Terrine pop-up, featuring his famed charcuterie, a decadent octopus and burrata dish, and a savory pork belly confit. Hit up the Reserve dining app to nab yourself a reservation.

For those who want a more formal setting than a spot on the grass, Outstanding in the Field is the dining experience for you. The four-course, family-style dinners (complete with a welcome cocktail and wine pairings) will be prepared by a number of different highly esteemed chefs over the course of the weekend.

If you’re looking for something a bit more chill, we’re all about Ramen Champ’s "Champ Bowl," with your choice of bacon chashu, jidori chicken with yuzu, crispy oyster mushroom skewer over anori rice, mushroom masemen noodles, or Japanese kale salad. Top if off with your choice of endless free toppings like soft-cooked eggs, roasted nori, and housemade sriracha oil, and you’ve got everything you need to put yourself in a delightfully restorative food coma. Well, almost everything — if you order it "Refinery style," that is.
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Photo: Courtesy of DRIPP.
Desserts
Enjoy dessert vegan-style at Kindkreme; you can top your chocolate or coconut soft-serve "icekreme" with an array of organic toppings, such as salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, toasted coconut, hemp seeds, and almonds. If you’re more into eating your ice cream between two cookies, then head over to Dripp for ice-cream sandwiches that will not disappoint.

But, for the MacDaddy of all Coachella desserts, look no further than one of the R29 off-menu dishes we're most excited about: the Nutella pizza with mascarpone, strawberries, hazelnuts, and mint by 800 Degrees. To get your hands on this heavenly dessert, head on over to 800 Degrees and ask about the R29 off-menu special. This 10-inch beauty is the perfect size to share with your friends. Or not — we certainly won't blame you!
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Photo: Courtesy of Juice Served Here.
Snacks
What's a weekend of festival feasting without a few snacks to fuel up between sets? If you feel like a break from rich delights, or you just like to keep your green juice intake on the regular, make your way to Juice Served Here, where you can get your raw, cold-pressed juice fix with anything from their "field of greens" mix to charcoal lemonade. Or, for something completely indulgent, there's Beer Bellys deep-fried Oreos and pork belly chips, two snacks that are as ridiculously tasty as they are, well, ridiculous. Keep cool with Sweet Clementine’s Pops in flavors like strawberry-rose, Thai tea, and blood orange. Or, chill out with Church Key’s adult version of "Otter Pops": mixed drinks frozen with liquid nitrogen inside a popsicle wrapper.
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