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Everything To Know About Eating at Houston’s Day For Night Festival

Tacos, fried chicken, kimchi fries, and so much more await

Mark C. Austin/Day For Night

On Friday, the critically-acclaimed Day For Night music and arts festival will kick off at Post HTX, and thousands of music-lovers from Houston and beyond will pour into the venue to hear performances from St. Vincent, Cardi B, James Blake, Thom Yorke, and more.

Once inside the festival, you’re probably going to be so busy running from set to set that sneaking away to eat just isn’t going to be an option. Fortunately, the festival’s organizers have assembled a seriously stellar line-up of food trucks and other vendors serving up falafel, tacos, fried chicken, vegan cuisine, and so much more.

Without further ado, check out Eater’s guide to dining at Day For Night, including a few solid best bets and a full list of vendors inside the festival grounds.

Best Bets

  • Peli Peli — With experience serving food at Austin City Limits festival under its belt, the Peli Peli team will be serving its foot-long steak and chicken kebabs, plus fried balls of mac and cheese.
  • Dasman — Mediterranean-inspired food truck serving shawarma, falafel, gyros, and spicy sriracha garlic fries.
  • Coreanos — Korean-Mexican fusion truck serving KBBQ tacos, burritos, and fries topped with kimchi and marinated short rib.
  • Pho-Jita Fusion — Truck serving a blend of Thai and Mexican dishes, including Thai red curry over ginger rice, “Thai-males” stuffed with basil chicken, and more.
  • The Waffle Bus — Sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, stuffed with buttermilk fried chicken or Nutella and banana, are on offer at this bus, along with sliders with waffle fries for buns and chicken wings.
Fried mac & cheese balls from Peli Peli
Courtesy Peli Peli

Where To Eat

  • Tout Suite — Score pastries and coffee from this popular Houston bakery.
  • Bomb Squad BBQ — Get a barbecue fix here.
  • Bowl’d Up — Bowls of all kinds — including poke, chicken katsu, and a trendy-healthy acai — are on offer from this Houston food truck.
  • The Burger Joint — This Houston institution will serve four different kinds of burgers (including a vegetarian option) and bacon-Parmesan fries.
  • Efe’s Greek Food — An option for Mediterranean dishes.
  • Abu Omar Halal — Serving up the self-described “best shawarma in Houston,” score handheld sandwiches here that are easy to carry around the fest.
Fajita taco baos from Happy Endings
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  • Happy Endings — Asian fusion dishes like taco bao, kimchi fries, barbecue pork buns, and Halal chicken adobo.
  • Hebros Kitchen — A food truck popular with music festivals that serves falafel and unique takes on macaroni and cheese.
  • Mexi Grill — Mexican fare is served here.
  • Mingo’s Latin Kitchen — Score tacos, loaded fries, and deep-fried empanadas. Starving? Try the Mingo’s fries, topped with sausage and chorizo gravy.
  • Muiishi Makirrito — Japanese and Mexican fusion truck serving burritos wrapped in nori, rice bowls, fries topped with chicken karaage, and more.
  • Phat Daddy’s – Wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and soups.
  • Pizza Nova — Slices of pepperoni and cheese for all
  • Sammy’s Wild Game Grill — Burgers and sausages made with exotic meats (think elk, iguana, python, and water buffalo).
  • Wokker — Brisket egg rolls, tamarind-sauced ribs, fried rice, and shaken beef await at this cheekily-named food truck.

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