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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands 2014, Day 3

Posted By and on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Well, that's it folks — Outside Lands is over for another year. But before we let all of the hijinks of 2014 slip away into the ether, we have some more of our favorite bites to share with you. Don't forget to check out Day 1 and Day 2, which feature the bacon flight, a spaghetti sandwich, truffle burrata, strawberry shortcake cotton candy, and more.

click to enlarge Waffle fries with everything from Up & Under Pub. - PETE KANE
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  • Waffle fries with everything from Up & Under Pub.
Up & Under Pub and Grill
If you’ve never heard of the Up & Under Pub and Grill before, it’s because they’re located in Point Richmond, two bridges away from Golden Gate Park. That’s too bad, because their waffle fries managed to encapsulate everything you could want in festival fare. The Scrum, which could be renamed “Tears of Michelle Obama,” consisted of fries with chili con carne and cheese sauce, to which I added Sriracha. Yes, my daily serving of junk-food-slathered fries comes perilously close to eating like Guy Fieri, but these were the best yet — plus it’s like a half-mile from the Lands End Stage to the Twin Peaks stage. -Pete Kane

click to enlarge Fish tacos from the Global Gourmet. - ANNA ROTH
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  • Fish tacos from the Global Gourmet.

Global Gourmet

This was kind of a desperation eat, this stand from a catering company tucked away in the VIP section next to the media tent. But I was seriously impressed with how good the fish taco was, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't just the hunger and beer talking. It had all the elements that make a great fish taco: fish that's flaky on the outside and moist on the inside, perky slaw for crunch, some sort of tangy sauce to bring all the contrasting textures and flavors together in your mouth. The truly brilliant move was the insertion of sweet potato fries, giving it more textural contrast and a sweet, nutty flavor that really elevated the thing. And the stand's buffalo chicken nuggets, eaten as a side, weren't half-bad either. -Anna Roth

click to enlarge The Culinary Dude and his dessert tamale. - PETE KANE
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  • The Culinary Dude and his dessert tamale.

Culinary Dude
For two days, I combed the rows of food stands for the Culinary Dude and his dessert tamales, until I fell into a waffle fry food coma while sitting at a picnic table in the Polo Field, photobombing Millennials. Then I saw the cart, right in the middle of everything! I got the Works (basically Rocky Road with caramel sauce and cherries), which was a bit underwhelming. I wanted to be clobbered with fudgy decadence, but the masa delivered a Count Chocula-level of chocolate-ness, and it was slightly dry. The guy who’d been mooching off my plate all weekend said it best: “With a real tamale, the corn is the base for the meat. But here it’s the main event.” -PK

click to enlarge The Outside Lands farmers market. - ANNA ROTH
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  • The Outside Lands farmers market.

Farm Lands
A farmers market at a music festival, how San Francisco. But three days of festival food can wreak havoc on the diet, even with the long trek between stages, so it was nice to have a place near the Panhandle and Twin Peaks stages to stop and get some fresh produce from Full Belly Farm. Prices were a little higher than the regular farmers market, but not astronomical, and it was nice to find some roughage among the French fries and pizza slices.  -AR

click to enlarge A restorative cup of broth from Wise Sons. - ANNA ROTH
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  • A restorative cup of broth from Wise Sons.

Wise Sons Deli
We've already written about the stand's excellent pastrami fries, but I have to share my enthusiasm for the "cup of soup" from the stand, which turned out to be nothing more than rich, salty chicken broth in a coffee cup. That was exactly what was needed to cure my hangover and replenish my precious bodily fluids. It's a good thing to have in your festival arsenal — let's all hope they bring it back next year. -AR

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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Pete Kane is a total gaylord who is trying to get to every national park before age 40

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