Slayer Dogs & 'Rockstar' Tamales: The food of Fun Fun Fun Fest
You saw Snoop on the Orange Stage, indulged in a few Shiners (Cheer in a can!), and maybe snapped a picture in front of that FFF Luden's sign. As day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off, let's take a look at your best bets for staying properly fueled during this marathon weekend.
Festival food curator John Mueller has provided plenty of options, whether you're looking for a simple hangover cure or want to sample some festival-only fare. We've selected five must-try spots, including regional fare and headliner-inspired dishes.
Thanks to the famed Fun Fun Fun Fest Taco Cannon, Tamale House tacos will be falling from the sky this weekend. While you're at the festival, why not taste this local favorite's namesake dish? Tamale House is serving up several tamale dishes — a special offering for the weekend — and we suggest taking the "Rockstar" route for $8. Try the Big Tex plate, featuring pork tamales with Tex-Mex chili, cheese, jalapenos and Fritos.
A new addition to the Black Sheep Lodge family, Haymaker has become an immediate favorite on the growing Manor Road corridor. At Fun Fun Fun Fest, this comfort-food-and-beer-hub is serving up traditional poutine, $8, giving a proper nod to a favorite Midwestern dish. French fries are covered in country brown gravy then topped with Wisconsin cheese curds. Eat it as a meal, or share these with friends and supplement the order with a Black Sheep burger.
A longstanding friend of Fun Fun Fun, Frank has become standard festival fare each year. In addition to a few of its staple menu items, Frank has a daily hot dog headliner special. Grab a $6.66 Slayer Dog on Sunday before you head to the Black Stage for a thrash-metal finish to the fest. This hot-as-hell dish features a red hot link with habanero-jack cheese, Slayer sauce, cayenne-dusted bacon and spicy tobacco onions.
Johnnye's East Texas Soul
We can't do a festival food roundup in Texas without at least one fried option. Enter Johnnye's East Texas Soul. At this trailer, usually housed at Holy Mountain, you'll find Texas-inspired goodness perfect for satiating your hunger. Try the fried green tomato sandwich paired with a side of fried okra, $10, for a true Texas take on southern cuisine.
Is the giant "FFFRUIT" sign calling your name? Next door you'll find Austin's own JuiceLand, serving up fresh, affordable juices for your enjoyment. At $4 a pop ($3 if you're a Twitter follower), this is likely your healthiest — and most affordable — option at the fest. Go for the cucumber kale juice for a mid-fest recharge, or sweeten the day with a cherry limeade.