Around 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, eating a meal of local Canadian shrimp with shrimp head butter and sprinkling matcha green tea over warm sushi rice, I momentarily forgot where I was. I forgot I was at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival, sweat drenched me in my seat, arms wrapped around my arms, and the budding sunburn kissed my shoulder.
The faint outbursts of the Bishop Briggs set brought me back to reality. I’m halfway through this year’s flagship offering at the festival: 17-course omakase sushi inside an air-conditioned tent complete with pairing sake.
Festival organizers commissioned Scratch’s Sushi restaurants in Encino and Montecito to create a pop-up version of the restaurants. Reservations and tickets are required, and $375 per person. They’ll get the sushi band back together over the weekend, if you’re looking for a seat.
I ate well over the weekend one of the festivals, and not just at the sushi bar. Several restaurants from Los Angeles have set up shop on the Empire Polo Club, in both the admissions and VIP areas. If you’re heading out for the second weekend, here are some favorites:
The longest-toed chicken stall during the weekend. Avoid it. Instead, head to the Indio Central Market tent and order your filling of Korean BBQ fries from Kogi ($18). French fries laced with beer, seasoned with chili salt, plump with grated cheese, short ribs, kimchi, salsa and sesame seeds. Or head to Trills Burgers, a pop-up store run by Houston rapper Bun B and Andy Nguyen, founder and co-owner of numerous California dessert shops including Afters Ice Cream and Dough & Arrow. The OG Burger with Onions ($15) is paired with two premium patties (not the battered burgers that still plague Los Angeles) with delicious American cheese and grilled onions, daydreaming on a Martin potato roll. If you want to save a little cash, bring your own water bottle and refill it at one of the filtered water stations. You can also visit Lay’s Fries (it’s air-conditioned!) for free three flavors of Lay’s: dill, baked potato, and truffle. Yes, we said free.
VIP Rose Garden
Love Hour is making your dream chicken nuggets, coated in a delicious, safe orange-colored Buffalo seasoning ($9 for 10 pieces). It also serves burgers ($15 for a double or $11 for a single) with its signature seasoning station so you can top up the diced onions, pickles, and special sauces ( think Thousand Island but smooth). Xiao Chi Jie, a restaurant in Bellevue, Wash., in several stalls, is serving xiao long bao. Nearby, Bar Flores from Echo Park has a pop-up bar with great margaritas, gin and tonics, lavender spritz, carrot juice cocktails and mezcal and micheladas.
It’s hard to miss the trompo at Tacos 1986. It’s set at the entrance to the main VIP area, and both the smell and sight of the slow, dripping meat are intoxicating. The pop-up taco empire is offering tacos, quesadillas, mullet, and vampires ($6.50 to $8). Just across the aisle, you’ll find leopard-spotted pies from the Ronan pizzeria on Melrose Avenue ($18 to $21). The white lightning, smeared with ricotta and painted with peppers and basil, is very popular. Ask for a side of ranch, honey or chili oil for dipping the pie crust. A few steps to the right and you can order Spicy P ($20) from Ggiata, the sandwich shop on Melrose Avenue. It’s a chicken burger big enough for two, with chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese on a fried and breaded cutlet. And for cocktails, Best Friend, Roy Choi’s Las Vegas restaurant, has a bar with Salty Dogs (Absolut grapefruit vodka, juice and pink pepper), watermelon tequila and Peach Tea (whiskey, peach). puree, iced tea and sweet and sour) (all $17).
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