This year's FYF Fest at L.A. Historic State Park has some pretty great performers lined up, from My Bloody Valentine and Toro y Moi to Beach House and Washed Out, along with comedians. While there's seemingly something for everyone, there may not be the kinds of food one might want to eat while famished out in the open. Instead, there's actually a slew of great ethnic places available, since Chinatown is within walking distance. Check out this handy guide on where to eat during this year's festival, all relatively easy-to-access restaurants, either a decent walk away, a short drive, or a hop on the Metro.Read More
Where to Eat During This Year's FYF Fest at LA State Park
Philippe the Original
Definitely one of the closest eateries to FYF's venue, Philippe has some pretty terrific and inexpensive french dip sandwiches that are good any time of day. Throw in some super cheap coffee and a glass of lemonade for the perfection mid-festival recharge.
One good thing about Roy Choi's move to Chinatown is that it's closer to all the Eastside hipsters, and this year's FYF. The funky interior locale makes for great communal dining while Choi's hefty bowls are great fuel for all-day revelry at the fest. Try the pork belly or hen house, or maybe the Mr T's bowl, studded with chunks of beef and spices.
Mexicali Taco & Co.
There's nothing like great tacos enjoyed before, during, or after a music fest. Tacos might be the ultimate festival food. And Mexicali's authentic, giant-size carne asada tacos or vampiros will be a pretty amazing place to grab a bite nearby FYF. The salsa bar is one of the best in town. Note: Closed Sundays.
The stewed tacos at Guisados are an Eastside favorite and this slightly closer location (compared to the East LA original) is a short hop away down Sunset in a rather desolate area in between Downtown and Dodgers Stadium. Try the sampler taco platter for a little bit of everything.
Eastside Market Italian Deli
This classic Italian deli has some straightforward, fulfilling sandwiches that are hard to beat for the weary festival-goer. The Italian sausage and meatball with peppers is a gut-buster, though the cold sandwiches would make for ideal picnicking.
Looking for something a little more refined? Check out the cuisine at Allumette by chef Miles Thompson, especially the bar area where snacks like fried oysters or olive oil poached tuna can be had with some fantastic cocktails like the Last Ango, which uses bitters with rum, orgeat, pineapple, and lime. For something heftier, try the lamb saddle roulade for two.
One of the classic Mexican breakfasts around town, the huevos rancheros are great hangover cures. The chilaquiles wouldn't fail to help fill a hungry belly either, with red and green version available with a fried egg.
Kendall's Brasserie and Bar
Tired of the grab-and-go, stand-up-and-eat type fare of the festival? Sit down with some refined French fare at this brasserie on the northern throes of downtown, where classics like homemade charcuterie, moules frites, braised short rib, and maybe a plate of oysters await.
For a departure from ethnic or casual food, there's always the farm-to-table temple of Cortez, which serves dishes with a Mediterranean take. Try the pork shoulder or the roasted tomato and beet salad. Or head over for brunch and get the merguez sausage with yogurt sauce on grilled flatbread.
Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine
The late-night Chinese food isn't going to compare to the stuff available in SGV, but for something in a pinch, the rice porridge, noodle soups, and garlic wings are pretty good. And prices are very low, meaning plenty of things to share with a group of friends.
This hipster sausage-and-beer spot in Arts District is always reliable. A good variety of sausages that are well-grilled and placed in plush buns, there's something for every taste. The beer selection's impressive too, though not quite up to beer geek status. That's okay, no one's going to argue over a massive stein of lager.
Al & Bea's Mexican Food
Burritos. They're awesome. And at this East LA institution, they're simply satisfying. The bean-meat-cheese trio is pretty much a required order, though some other ingredients, like guacamole or green chile relleno mix things up a bit.
Yang Chow Restaurant
One of the better Americanized Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, there are things like moo-shu, chicken lo mein, slippery shrimp, and kung pao anything available on the menu.
This casual Vietnamese joint might not have the best banh mi ever, but it's pretty great for the price (hovering just over two bucks). And the pho and other hot soups are pretty good too.
Bryant Ng's inspired Southeast Asian eatery serves flavorful takes on traditional dishes, like kaya toast, satay, beef rendang or maybe a grilled pig's tail. The warm, brick-lined interior will make one feel like miles away from the festival.
A true find, this Thai version of Costco has a handy lunch steam table area with some nifty, and very authentic Thai dishes available a la Panda Express. Group up two to three items and pair with rice before hunkering down on the tables laid out inside. It's dirt cheap too.
Recently relocated to this Chinatown dive bar-cum-live music venue, Starry Kitchen still makes their classics like Malaysian curry chicken, the super-spicy Singaporean chili crab, and of course those crispy tofu balls. Dinner only at the moment, 5-10 p.m. on Saturday.