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A Food Writer's Favorites From ACL Fest

By Claudia Alarcón, September 28, 2007, Food

The Austin City Limits Music Festival food court gets better every year. Although at times it was too hot to eat (I almost passed out watching Steve Earle), vendors consistently saw long lines of hungry fans. The Best Wurst and Hudson's on the Bend always seemed to be crowded. Snow cones were everywhere. I hope all vendors had a fun and profitable weekend – they worked their tails off. Thanks, folks!

My food and music highlights:

• Light, delicious, and nourishing ice-cold soups from Zoot. I think the corn chowder was my favorite, but all three were excellent. Cold soup, people!

• The refreshing drizzle that fell as Crowded House sang "Weather With You," a moment impossible to plan or replicate.

• Word on the Street's fresh pineapple with vanilla-bean-sake syrup was one of the best dishes at the park. Too bad people didn't get it.

• Doing the punta to Belize's Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective. If you missed this show, I'm sad for you.

• Chuck and Larry's (aka Moonshine's) pulled-pork Cuban sandwich with mango mojo and pickles. My 16-year-old nephew insisted we have it the next day, too.

• The raw, rocking power of Queens of the Stone Age, immediately followed by Gotan Project's fabulous blend of trance and tango. Wow!

• Frozen açaí topped with granola and sliced bananas from Sambazon, a delectable treat that's good for you!

• Five-hundred-plus people jumping around and singing along with Aterciopelados. This band's positive energy and message truly deserve a much bigger stage.

• Roy's sweet and spicy Mongolian ribs and grilled shrimp with wasabi cocktail sauce, perfect for sharing as a snack.

• Indigo Girls doing "Midnight Train to Georgia" and Devotchka's take on "Venus in Furs." Best versions I've ever heard.

• Sweet Leaf's new peach lemonade and cherry limeade. Take note, Tito's fans!

• If Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "When the Saints Go Marching In" didn't make you cry, check your pulse. You're probably dead.

• Arcade Fire, please come back!

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