By Hayden Walker & Andi Haughton
It’s dinner o’clock on the day after ACL, which means Austin is in serious recovery mode. We are sore, tired, depressed because we are no longer wandering barefoot through our beautiful park vibing to stellar tunes. Some of us have three-day hangovers, some have inexplicable injuries (or, in my case, a shoulder that was a victim of an epic Calvin Harris dance party). But we all need some culinary TLC to help start the week. Here are my go-to recuperating meals the week after ACL.
What: Mussels with no dairy, Kale salad
Why: Bess has the best mussels in town. They are hearty and smokey and porky and just delicious.
Bonus: Monday nights are all-night happy hour and the mussels are half price (so is the wine if you really think you can drink more).
What: Green Goddess Soup, Love Cleanse (with lemon and ginger)
Why: Because soup is healing. You are hoarse and soup feels good going down. It is easy to digest and it makes your soul happy.
Where: SoLa, South First
Bonus: They deliver.
What: Tom Kha Gai with brown rice
Why: Asian herbs and spices are incredibly restorative. Titaya’s serves up the best tom kha in town (they have great Tom Yum and Beef Noodle Soup as well) and the soup will revive you and get you through the post-festival blues.
Bonus: You never have to get out of your pajamas, because soup is an ideal Favor order.
What: Downward Dog
Why: After the carb fest of necessary to sustain you through three days of festivaling – food doesn’t sit all that well. This smoothie has protein and tastes amazing.
Where: Multiple locations
Bonus: The name makes you feel zen-ish – or that you stretched some of the festival out.
Pho Van/Ramen Tatsu-ya
What: Your fave pho/Tonkotsu Sho-Yu
Why: Pho can heal almost anything. So can ramen.
Where: Resaerch BLVD/North Austin
Bonus: When you eat Pho, angels sing.
What: Duck Wonton Soup and some Chinese Greens
Why: Because it’s seriously, amazingly, linge-changingly delicious soup and I love to eat things that quack.
Where: North Austin.
Bonus: Huge portions = many meals.