While your kid’s music taste may be more Yo Gabba Gabba! than Florence and the Machine, there is one thing you and your Bay Area foodie can agree on: good eats. Whether it’s slurping down a milk tea from Boba Guys or noshing on pastrami reubens from Wise Sons, this year’s Outside Lands is a foodie heaven. If you’re headed to the festival with your fam this year, here are 16 kid-friendly eats—from some from the Bay’s best restaurants—you can’t miss. Don’t forget the wipes!
If you haven't tried out Dabba—they have locations in the Marina and FiDi—you're missing out. The casual eatery is known for their bold flavors, healthy comfort food and wholesome ingredients. They'll be at Outside Lands this year serving up their rice bowls (choose from chicken or vegan).
Bonus: if you don't make it to their OSL outpost, check out Dabba's new Camp Kits, which debuted recently. Each kit, which cost only $15 per person, comes cooked and neatly packaged in compostable and recyclable containers for the ultimate grab-and-go convenience. Choose from jerk pork tacos or curried lamb rice bowls (veggie and vegan options available). Even if you aren't taking Dabba's Camp Kits camping, we love that they're offering up pre-cooked takeaway meals for busy weeknights.
New this year to the mouth-watering line-up is Cassava. They'll be serving up their glazed BBQ pork ribs and sweet potato cornbread. Fun fact: they're located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Golden Gate Park at Balboa and 36th Avenue.
If you're jetting from stage to stage you might want to opt for a grab and go meal that's easy to eat on the fly. Turn to Dinosaurs. They're new to the festival this year and will be selling their delicious Banh Mi Tea Sandwiches.
Stay hydrated with Juice Shop. Sip on watermelon juice and whole cracked coconuts. This is Juice Shop's first appearance at Outside Lands.
Dumpling Time & Live Sushi Bar
Bay Area kids are no stranger to dim sum, which is why we're so excited your dumpling connoisseurs will be able to snatch some up at this year's festival. Dumpling Time & Live Sushi Bar will feature their Shrimp and Pork Siu Mai Dumplings and Sushi Handrolls. Fun fact: they are also new to Outside Lands this year!
Powder Shaved Snow
You may have tried shave ice but have you ever tried Powder's Taiwanese Shaved Snow? The Divisadero outpost is setting up at Outside Lands this year. Head here for a not-to-miss delectable treat.
You can't go wrong with pizza and while there are as always, a bunch of pizza options, new to the fest is Firepie. They'll have their wood-fired pizzas and edible cooke dough on hand to satisfy your salt and sugar cravings.
BBQ in the Bay doesn't get much better than 4505 Meats. They'll be available this year serving their best damn cheeseburgers (their wording, not ours, though we agree) and chicharrones.
Milk tea has taken off thanks to Boba Guys. Grab one of their famous classic milk boba teas or jasmine milk boba teas.
A stop at Tartine Manufactory will give you a spring in your step that'll last you throughout the day. Stop here once you enter the festival and grab one of their legendary baked goods or pressed melts.
Sandwiches don't get much better than a Hot Pastrami Reuben from Wise Sons. They'll be dishing those out all-day along with their pastrami cheese fries.
Sharona's Chocolate Shop
Yes, a whole land devoted to chocolate. Need we say more? Your kids will be bowled over by everything in this enchanted forest devoted to chocolate, but we’re extra special fans of Sharona’s Chocolate Shop where you’ll find chocolate-dipped peanut butter cups and our absolute fave, chocolate-dipped s’mores.
The Farmer’s Wife
The Farmer’s Wife will be at the festival this year dishing out their Lamb Merguez & Chimichurri Melts and Albacore Tuna Melts. We can't think of a better meal that'll sustain you throughout your festival day.
You’ll be doing so much dancing and walking you will definitely need a sweet boost mid-day. Give yourself a dose of energy by grabbing Homestead Cookie's signature savory sweet chocolate chip cookies on the way to your next stage.
What started as a food truck has blossomed into multiple brick-and-mortars with a cult following (psst...read our review of their Clement street location by clicking here. Koja Kitchen is bringing their famous kamikaze fries to hungry festival goers. So if you have a hankering for full flavors and fries that’ll definitely fill you up, Koja Kitchen is a good place to head.
Hook't on Sugar & Spun
Cotton candy isn’t just for the county fair anymore. But, this is a festival–albeit without a petting zoo or ferris wheel–so you can’t leave without grabbing a freshly spun cotton candy bouquet from Hook't on Sugar & Spun.
Click here to get the scoop on the full line-up of impressive eats.
Are you going to Outside Lands this year with your family? Got any tips to share? Which food cart is your favorite? Leave us a comment below!
— Erin Lem