Outside Lands is here! As we clear our bleary heads with coffee, do some stretches to ease our tired legs, and get ready to dive back in for a second day, SFoodie writers reflect on the best things we ate yesterday from the 70-plus local food vendors. UPDATE: Check out our Day Two picks here, including porcini doughnuts from Rich Table and the best poutine in town.
Garlic Chimichurri Fries from 4505 Meats
4505 takes a break from the beef with a set of fries that could easily replace a meal. Ryan Farr makes a chimichurri (Argentinean herb) aioli with lots of fresh greenery and then tops a crisp tangle of skinny fries with the sauce and a generous amount of fresh cilantro and minced garlic. It may not be the best item to eat before a makeout session, but it does a nice job of filling and warming you up while you're out there kissing the sky. - Tamara Palmer
Homeroom's Gilroy Garlic Mac & Cheese
If you blew all your discretionary income on Outside Lands tickets and therefore couldn't fit the Gilroy Garlic Festival into your budget, Homeroom gives you two festivals in one. The Temescal, Oakland restaurant that specializes in mac and cheese blends a creamy Gouda with Pecorino and a healthy amount of garlic into a bowl of pure comfort for seven dollars. When you're dashing from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Grizzly Bear and the fog is outrunning you, it's heaven. - Pete Kane
Pork Belly Burger from Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers
A pork belly burger sounds like a reason to regret that you didn't pack the Pepto, but this stand at the main stage manages to keep its burgers from feeling like a leaden weight in your gut. Choose from four burger styles ($8 each); we ordered the All-American, with rosemary mayo, granny smith apple slices, and cheddar cheese. The pork-and-apple combo worked well, though we couldn't taste much rosemary in the mayo, and were pleasantly surprised to find that the pork belly tasted almost exactly like seasoned breakfast sausage. Recommended for hangovers. - Anna Roth
Pastrami Cheese Fries from Wise Sons Deli
Forget a sandwich and go "animal style" with these pastrami cheese fries from Wise Sons Deli, those nice Jewish boys from 24th Street who recently opened their second location at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. They'll layer your tray of thick and soft fries with chopped pastrami, Reuben sauce, green onions, and a kicky relish and you will not miss a bun whatsoever. They ran out of forks early in the day yesterday, and this is a beast to eat so we had to track one down. Glad we did, because you need to experience all the layers in one bite. - Tamara Palmer
Farmerbrown's "The Works"
When dainty fare like Korean tacos just won't do, look to Outside Lands's reigning champs of soul food, Farmerbrown. The Works (two pieces of fried chicken, a waffle, cornbread and a scoop of mac and cheese) is not quite the gut-buster it appears; it's merely a rounded meal -- although smaller permutations of the same ingredients are available, too. Squeeze a little Sriracha on it and every taste bud is happy. At $16, you can arguably find a better bang for your buck, but you won't find better fried chicken. - Pete Kane