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Everything You Need to Eat at Coachella This Year

From new vendors to long-time favorites, this is your hit list from sushi to tiki drinks to roti.

Photo courtesy of Vibe Organic Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Vibe Organic Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Vibe Organic Kitchen

The biggest Coachella news this week wasn’t Ye dropping out – that one we could have guessed months ago out – it’s the drop of the list of food vendors that’ll be setting up shop on the field for the next two weekends. For the past ten years or so food and drinks have become a bigger and bigger part of the Coachella experience and this year’s no exception: from hidden high-end sushi bars to some of LA’s best burgers to amazing cocktails, here’s the best stuff to eat and drink at this year’s Coachella festival – and have no fear, your tried-and-true favorites including Spicy Pie and Crab Fries, will still be scattered all over the field as well.

Photo by Liam Brown, courtesy of Sushi By Scratch
Photo by Liam Brown, courtesy of Sushi By Scratch
Photo by Liam Brown, courtesy of Sushi By Scratch

Sushi By Scratch

Hidden door in Indio Central Market
Probably the most exciting new food spot on the field this year is this small omakase pop-up from Scratch|Bar chef Phillip Franklin Lee, which is hidden in plain sight behind a door at the huge Indio Central Market compound and will be serving a 17-course omakase menu to 12 lucky patrons at various seatings each day. The price is hefty: $375 on top of your fest ticket – but if you’re looking to next-level your weekend, this may be the best way to go.

Outstanding in the Field

The Rose Garden
The other wallet-busting add-on is the long-running Outstanding In The Field series, which seats dozens of concertgoers on beautiful table setups in the Rose Garden at 6pm each day with a rotating group of LA’s best chefs. Over the weekend, chefs from Slab, San Miguel De Allende’s The Restaurant, Camphor, Seattle’s Plum Bistro, and more will be doling out food, with each seating costing $275 on top of your ticket fee.

Photo courtesy of Broad Street Oyster Co.
Photo courtesy of Broad Street Oyster Co.
Photo courtesy of Broad Street Oyster Co.

Broad Street Oyster Co.

12 Peaks VIP
Malibu’s Broad Street Oyster Co. is doing a full-on restaurant build-out with table service in the main VIP area, with reservations available on the link above and food including shrimp cocktails, anchovy toast, and their famous lobster rolls with a side of corn.

Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B’s

Terrace Food South
Nashville’s beloved hot chicken chain makes its first appearance on the polo field, serving up their signature slaw-topped sandwiches and fries as well as a Coachella-exclusive secret-menu add-on: bacon-laced pimento cheese, added by request.

The Cabin

The Beer Barn
The Houston Brothers’ hidden-in-plain-sight Cabin in the Beer Barn has been a honky-tonk themed mainstay at Coachella for a few years, serving up ice cold booze-addled snowcones and craft cocktails to beat the heat.

Photo courtesy of Slutty Vegan
Photo courtesy of Slutty Vegan
Photo courtesy of Slutty Vegan

Slutty Vegan

Indio Central Market
Hailing from Atlanta, this Black- and woman-owned business from entrepreneur Pinky Cole has announced expansion plans for NYC in the near future. But you can also enjoy them on the West Coast at Coachella this year. They’ve got two options: The One Night Stand, loaded with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, and slut sauce, and the spicier jalapeno-topped Sloppy Toppy.

Hawkin’s House of Burgers

Terrace Food South
Watts’ legendary burger makers are serving up their huge-ass Whipper Burgers: Two angus patties loaded with pastrami, hot links, red onions, kosher pickles, and tomatoes on a brioche bun, as well as turkey burgers, chicken sandwiches, and southern-fried chicken and waffles.

@postandbeamla
@postandbeamla
@postandbeamla

Post & Beam (Weekend one only)

Rose Garden
This award-winning soul food-and-more restaurant is popping up on the field for the first weekend, with smoked BBQ salmon wraps, vegan crab cakes with spicy kale slaw and black eyed pea hummus, and braised oxtail sliders on their loaded menu.

PDT Tropicale

HTD
This on-the-field outpost from New York’s insanely acclaimed PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is serving up drinks including the vodka/sherry/apple/lemon “Green Light” and the gin/guava/ginger beer/lemon/lime/tonic “Tropic Tonic.”

Photo courtesy of Bridgetown Roti
Photo courtesy of Bridgetown Roti
Photo courtesy of Bridgetown Roti

Bridgetown Roti (Weekend two only)

Rose Garden
Rashida Holmes’ lauded Caribbean pop-up concept will be taking over the Post & Beam space during weekend two, offering concertgoers the chicken thigh, turmeric cabbage, and potato-stuffed Mom’s Chicken Roti and a curry shrimp roll, as well as a couple of vegetarian options.

Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice
Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice
Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice

Vibe Organic Kitchen

12 Peaks VIP
Speaking of vegetarian options, there are a ton on the field this year, including Newport’s Vibe Organic Kitchen, who’ve got veggie-and-gluten free options including the jackfruit carnitas-topped fiesta bowl and a California cobb with coconut bacon.

Photo courtesy of Craig's Vegan
Photo courtesy of Craig’s Vegan
Photo courtesy of Craig’s Vegan

Craig’s Vegan

12 Peaks VIP/Rose Garden
If you’re looking for a mid-afternoon treat to help you cool off but want to avoid lactose because, ew, port-o-potties, Craig’s Vegan may be your answer: the frozen-dessert offshoot of Craig’s in WeHo (beloved by TikTokers like Tinx) has a bunch of plant-based ice creams, including Killa Vanilla and Melrose Mint Chip.

Photo courtesy of Block Party
Photo courtesy of Block Party
Photo courtesy of Block Party

Block Party

Outdoor Theater
Highland Park’s Block party is hitting the field with a slew of cleverly named cocktails: A Schwizzle For Shizzle has Malibu, green chartreuse, pineapple, lime, and house-smoked falernum while Ghostride the Dole Whip recreates the Disney classic with banana chip-infused Absolute, pineapple, orange juice, and coconut creme.

@eatshrimpdaddy
@eatshrimpdaddy
@eatshrimpdaddy

Shrimp Daddy

Craft Beer Barn
Smorgasburg’s favorite garlic-laden crustacean will be coming to Coachella in two forms: their Hawaiian-style shrimp plus mac salad, rice, and pineapple either on a plate or served in a pineapple boat.

Photo courtesy of Bolo
Photo courtesy of Bolo
Photo courtesy of Bolo

Bolo

Indio Central Market
The Hong Kong-style fried chicken sandwich mini-chain will be selling sandwiches in Indio Central market, with their pineapple buns stuffed with fried organic chicken breasts topped with spicy garlic aioli (and an option to increase the spice quotient with chili sauce & hot garlic oil as well.

Photo by Bianca Simonian, courtesy of DOA Wine Bar
Photo by Bianca Simonian, courtesy of DOA Wine Bar
Photo by Bianca Simonian, courtesy of DOA Wine Bar

Dead or Alive Wine Bar

Rose Garden
Though the exact offerings at Coachella are still TBC, this womxn-owned wine bar & bottle shop in Palm Springs is known for organic and small production wines, so expect some rare sips on the field.

Photo courtesy of Dayglow Coffee
Photo courtesy of Dayglow Coffee
Photo courtesy of Dayglow Coffee

Dayglow Coffee

Rose Garden
Caffeination is as important as hydration to make it all the way through the late-night sets, and Dayglow has you covered: the small-batch shop/subscription service is serving up their signature snapchilled cold coffee from Nensnebo in Ethiopia as well as some killer caffeine concoctions including the Blueglow – an eggnog coquito made with clear coffee, butterfly pea flower, vanilla, and spices, and the Greyglow: a black sesame latte with activated charcoal.

Irv’s Burgers

12 Peaks VIP
West Hollywood’s long-running stand Irv’s heartbreakingly closed in 2018 but has been resurrected for Coachella with a simple menu: their classic burger, a birthday cake cookie, and chips. That said, you’ll get a totally worth-it keepsake if they serve the way they used to at the restaurant: on a simple paper plate with a hand-written message and drawing for each customer.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Jeff Miller will see you on the field. He’s on insta at @jeffmillerla.

Los Angeles

Marcus Scribner's Day Off in Crenshaw, LA Is a Tour of BBQ, Fried Chicken & Soul Food

The ‘Blackish' actor takes us to his favorite restaurants in his hometown of Crenshaw.

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Thrillist/YouTube
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Without tooting his own horn, Marcus Scribner likes to say that Los Angeles made him into a well-rounded human being. It’s all thanks to the city’s diverse mix of experiences, people, and culture.

“What I love most about LA is I feel like we have so many different biomes and people from different backgrounds,” the Blackish actor said in a recent interview with Thrillist. “I would just hop all around town all the time and get all those different experiences.”

Crenshaw, though, holds a special place in Scribner’s heart. It’s kind of like an oasis of peace and community for him. “It’s still a predominantly Black neighbourhood,” he explained. “Which is pretty dope to see in the centre of Los Angeles.” His dad used to say that getting into the neighbourhood feels peaceful and quiet, but as soon as you step out, it’s like, “Welcome to the jungle!”

Besides the tight-knit community, there’s another main thread in Scribner’s Crenshaw: fried chicken. While guiding us to the discovery of his neighbourhood in our series “Ride With Me,” Scribner realized that every single spot he took us to offers really good fried chicken. “It says something about me, I think,” he said. Scribner knows all the best fried chicken spots around town, and we’re definitely here for it.

The best breakfast spot in the world, Los Angeles staple chicken and waffle joints that even President Obama goes to, and delicious, Black-owned soul food restaurants are only some of the many Crenshaw gems Scribner shares with us.

Get ready to taste the best soul food LA has to offer. We’re going to Crenshaw.

Places to Eat & Drink

Jacks N Joe
Scribner doesn’t care what anyone else says, this is the best breakfast spot “on planet Earth.”

According to Scribner, their pancakes are amazing, and they come with maple butter syrup. But his favourite dish is the hash browns. “You can get the hash browns extra well done,” he suggested. “It’s over, it’s over. You’re having the best meal of your life.”

Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles
President Obama stole Scribner’s special here-or at least that’s what Scribner will tell you.

“I’ve been ordering that, [and] all of a sudden they changed it to Obama Special when he popped out the cut,” Scribner said. No disrespect to Obama, but Scribner’s order has always been the Obama Special, which includes three wings with a waffle (or potato salad or fries). Scribner just adds an extra waffle to the mix, and that’s his all-time favourite order.

Phillips Barbecue
Scribner is aware he’ll get a lot of flack for saying this, but that’s okay. “Phillips Barbecue is hands down my favourite barbecue location,” he said.

“The meats are pretty good quality and the meats themselves are delicious and I love them,” he explained. “But it’s the sides and the sauce that just hit.” Their baked beans and macaroni salad are incredible, and you should put them right on your barbecue sandwich.

Just be careful: Their sauces are spicy, and the highest level is just too hot according to Scribner. His advice? Get the mixed sauce, and you’ll receive mild and hot together.

Alta Adams
This Black-owned soul food restaurant looks amazing, and it tastes even better. The setting is high-end, and their dishes are authentic soul food. They have “the best fried chicken,” according to Scribner.

“I like it because the chicken is moist, but it’s not too moist,” he explained. “This is some real chicken, which has some good moisture and the skin is perfect.” If you’re not in the mood for chicken, their oxtails are also a great choice. You shouldn’t miss out on the cornbread, either.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
This place is so good that it started in Tennessee and eventually expanded into LA.

“It’s just the bomb,” said Scribner. “The fried chicken is so good and spicy, which I love.” Their collard greens and baked beans are both must-trys as well, and Scribner would be the one to know. “I love baked beans,” he said. “I used to just eat straight up Bush’s baked beans out of the can, bruh. I’m wilding. I’m about that life.”

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Tiana Attride is a former associate editor at Thrillist. She cares a little too much about the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack.

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