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ACL Food Rocks

27 September 2008 2,381 views 4 Comments

Thanks to my client, AT&T I was lucky enough to attend the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the second year in a row. I saw some great bands including Fleet Foxes, Jose Gonzalez, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Spiritualized, John Fogerty, and Robert Plant/Alison Krauss. My favorite show by far was Plant and Krauss who gave a virtuosic, entrancing, sexy performance that included a wonderful band along with special guest T-Bone Burnett.

IMG_4240The food vendors at ACL include low-end versions of the best Austin has to offer including Aquarelle, Hudson’s on the Bend, Saba Blue Water Grill, Roy’s, and Vespaio. The most buzzed about food at the festival was the Hudson’s on the Bend Chicken Cone. On my way to Zilker Park, I received a text message from AT&T saying that Sweet Leaf Tea was offering a free drink to all who ask between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We arrived at their booth just in time — it was 12:57 — so I started the day with a slightly frozen and refreshing Mint & Honey Green Tea.

We then went straight to the Hudson’s booth where I ordered an $8 Combo Cone — chicken breaded in a mixture of almonds, sesame seeds, corn flakes, chile flakes and sugar, then fried adn placed in a tortilla with avocado and a slaw that includes jalapeno and mango. It is then drizzled with a chipotle sauce.
IMG_4239By the time I went to see John Fogerty, a little more than 5 hours later, I noticed that the Chicken Cones had about 1/2 the amount of chicken that mine did. An hour or so later, Hudson’s sold out. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for those who still haven’t experienced a Chicken Cone that chef Jeff Blank (wearing a cowboy hat and pictured behind me and to the left) has some extras back in his freezer for tomorrow. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long wait until next year!
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  • Anonymous

    For a little girl who eats a lot of good food, you sure look good. I love you so much and miss you. Glad you had such fun. Those chicken cones look yummy. Love, mom

  • Rachel

    Did you try the avocado cones? Same thing as the chx cones, only for vegetarians. Delish!

  • Lindsay

    I was so sad to have missed out on the chicken cones last year that I made sure it was the first thing I got at ACL this year– it was totally worth it!

  • Marcos

    My mouth watered for a chicken cone for three days. The last day I made a point of not eating before the festival and going straight for my fish cone. It was worth it.