Post-Outside Lands Late-Night Bites

Where to eat, feast, or inhale a meal post-festival

Andrew Jorgenson; Courtesy of Outside Lands Music Festival

Outside Lands Music Festival is back this August, and along with it come great music acts, a lot of amazing food trucks, and more wine, beer, and cocktails than you could possibly consume. You won't go hungry inside the festival, but what about after you've finally emerged from the dark abyss that is Golden Gate Park after each day's events are through? Chances are you’ll be starving again. Fortunately for you, the area’s late night food game is strong. Whether you’re trying to get fancy or just trying to fill the hungry void, skipping the last act or staying until the bitter end, here is a list of where to refill afterwards.

3639 Balboa St.
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Distance from Land's End Stage: 15 minute walk

Ramen is the name of the game at this hole0in-the-wall Japanese spot. Half of the menu is dedicated to building your own ramen bowl, from the broth to the goodies and the meat (or lack thereof). Call ahead to put your name on the list to avoid having to wait a minute more than is necessary in the fog.

309 Clement St.
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Distance from Land's End Stage: 11 minute cab ride

You’re probably not very familiar with Burmese cuisine, but just think of it as the perfect merger between Thai and Indian foods. Indeed, Burma Superstar is the best Burmese grub this city has to offer (there's even a restaurant spinoff called Burma Love in the Mission District). There will inevitably be a line snaking out of this first-come, first-serve place, which makes it perfect for those still digesting any festival foods.

4019 Judah St.
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Distance from Land's End Stage: 20 minute walk

Nothing hits the spot like gooey enchiladas with a side of rice and beans. Celia’s by the Beach has been an Outer Sunset stronghold since 1960. Back then, Celia opened up a burger shake, and finally worked up the courage to serve her enchiladas, which were a major hit. The food is still delicious, the interior has all sorts of beachy funk, and the margaritas come served in cactus glasses.

1396 La Playa St.
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Distance from Land's End Stage: 26 minute walk

Sometimes, you just want a good sandwich. Java Beach Café can supply just that, along with a Lagunitas beer (brewed in Sonoma County) to wash it down. The Bonfire Delight is a drunchie favorite, made with warm roast beef and melted cheddar cheese served on a Dutch Crunch roll and dosed with sesame ginger sauce. Just a heads up: they stop making hot sandwiches at 10:30 p.m., though the cafe stays open later.

1824 Irving St.
Neighborhood: Inner Sunset
Distance from Land's End Stage: 28 minute walk

Three words: Nick’s. Crispy. Taco. A crispy corn tortilla envelops a soft tortilla that holds Monterey Jack, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and your choice of meat. It will change your life. Plus, there is lots of beer to choose from and there will likely be sports on every television (because it’s actually a sports bar).

1725 Haight St.
Neighborhood: Haight-Ashbury
Distance from Land's End Stage: 13 minute cab ride

Pork fritters with kale and white bean-apricot purrée. Japanese sweet potato curry. Grass fed lamb loin with rye mustard—is your mouth watering yet? This bar is so much more than a bar, serving up small plates until midnight on Saturdays (note: kitchen is only open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays). Come for the food but stay for the drinks, like their famous mint julep or the gin, orange juice, and grenadine-laced Monkey's Gland. 

4014 Geary Blvd.
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Distance from Land's End Stage: 9 minute cab ride

As is usually the case with barbecue, Camp BBQ is all about the meats. This Japanese joint serves us filet mignon, hangar steaks, and short ribs for prices meant to be easy on the wallet. Start off with the miso egg flower soup and let your inner carnivore lead you from there.

3814 Noriega St.
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Distance from Land's End Stage: 9 minute cab ride

This tiny Korean restaurant is actually run out of a repurposed garage. However, once you step inside any feeling of being in someone’s basement dissipates. Nautical ropes and entangled plants give the dining room a tropical feeling, as will the food. Opt for the kimchi tofu (beware, it’s spicy) and the fried chicken wings.

3840 Geary Blvd.
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Distance from Land's End Stage: 10 minute cab ride

No frills are necessary for late night pizza by the slice. It’s just hot, gooey pies with a sturdy crust to hold it up. Oh, and oregano and Parmesan chained down to the countertops. This recipe for success has worked since Nizario's first opened shop in 1983 (the pizzeria also has locations in both the city's Castro and Mission districts). The Nazario’s Special, with pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and sausage, is all that is good about pizza.

560 Divisadero St.
Neighborhood: NoPa
Distance from Land's End Stage: 14 minute cab ride

If you’re eating dinner at 1AM, you should just go all out, and Nopa is the place to do it. Killer craft cocktails keep your buzz going while the kitchen whips up entrees fit for a king, like pork chops with grilled peaches and a rotisserie chicken doused with tzatziki. You’ll pay a pretty penny at this lively (and aptly named) Nopa neighborhood space, but it’ll be worth it.

!!KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!

Getting out of the park after the music is over can be daunting, so here's a quick cheat sheet of what roads to follow to get to your neighborhood of choice. 

TO REACH THE RICHMOND: From the Land's End Stage (a.k.a. the Polo Fields) head due north out to 36th Avenue around Sprekel’s Lake and out onto Fulton. Once there, call a cab or walk to your destination. *

*If you’re headed back to the east side of the city (i.e. the Marina, Cow Hollow, North Beach) it’s a good idea to come out on this side.

TO REACH THE INNER SUNSET: From the Twin Peaks Stage (a.k.a Hellman’s Hollow), head east on John F. Kennedy Drive. Follow that until you find Traverse Drive (right before the overpass) and take a right. Continue on Traverse until Martin Luther King Drive to Lincoln Way. Then call a cab or walk to your destination. *

* If you’re headed back to the Mission, SoMa, or Noe Valley, hail a cab from this side of the park.

TO REACH THE OUTER SUNSET: From the Land's End Stage (a.k.a. the Polo Fields) head west on John F. Kennedy Drive. Continue down John F. Kennedy (past the bison paddock) until you reach Chain of Lakes Drive and take a left. Continue on Chain of Lakes until Lincoln Way. Call a cab or walk to your destination. 

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