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Lightning in a Bottle Festival: What to Eat There, Guide

Posted: 07/09/2013 12:11 pm

Lightning in a Bottle -- July 11-15 (Thurs-Mon)

Lightning in a Bottle, SoCal's greenest music festival is quickly approaching and we over at whatsGOOD are stoked for a weekend of live performances, interactive art, and yoga. The five-day long event is enough to challenge the limits of even the most seasoned festival-goers, and between rocking out, camping, and partying, we know a solid hangover breakfast or late-night taco binge is key to rallying for another day.


We took on the challenge of figuring out your food, so all you have to focus on is getting your groove on. We scoured our database of 417,000 restaurants and filtered through 31,000,000 dishes to round up the best grub in the area worth checking out.


Late Night:

Alberto's Mexican Food on Moreno Road

What's Good: This eco-friendly fest proudly serves solely vegetarian fare, but if you've just gotta sink your teeth into something that used to "moo," check out the Carne Asada Fries or the Surf and Turf Burrito at Alberto's Mexican Food. It's open 24-hours, so you won't miss a minute of your favorite performer while satisfying your late-night munchies.


Hangover Cure:

The Hungry Bull on Murrieta Hotsprings Road

What's Good: This joint opens at 7am and serves breakfast all day, so whenever you awaken from your alcohol-induced slumber, they'll be there to nourish you. Grab one of the best Breakfast Burritos around from the drive-thru, or if you've snoozed well past your craving for breakfast, the Pastrami Burger and Zucchini Sticks are two popular picks.

Breakfast Burrito
Pastrami Burger
Zuchinni Sticks

Fuel Up:

The Broken Yolk on Ynez Road on Ynez Road

What's Good: If you just can't sleep in a tent and happen to be up before 8am, The Broken Yolk offers early bird specials Monday through Friday. Bonus points for gluten-free pancakes! If you're feeling ambitious, take the Broken Yolk Iron Man (or woman) Challenge--a dozen-egg omelet smothered in chili and cheese, with fries and biscuits on the side. We dare you...just don't put yourself out of commission for the day--there's music to be heard! One of Lightning in a Bottle's yoga sessions is sure to help you burn off all those extra calories.

Gluten-Free Pancakes
Broken Yolk Iron Man Challenge

Fast and Cheap:

Mr. You Express Chinese Food on Rancho California Road

What's Good: Ah, nothing goes together quite like camping and...Chinese food? Ok, so it's not a traditional combo, but we can get on board, especially with a two-item combo for $5.99. We'd pick the Spicy Orange Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork, paired with Mr. You's legendary fried rice. For you herbivores, there's always Szechuan broccoli or tofu. Bon Apetit, or however you say it in Chinese.

Spicy Orange Chicken
Sweet and Sour Pork
Fried Rice
Szechuan Broccoli

Wine and Dine:

Doffo Winery on Summitville Street

What's Good: Formerly held in Orange County, the festival has been relocated this year to Temecula. Lake Skinner is surrounded by TONS of wineries, so if you want to make the most of your visit to the Napa of southern California, stop by Doffo Winery for a tasting. Just $10 gets you a taste of six Doffo Wines (their Sauvignon Blanc is wonderful), or you can take a tour of the vineyards to see where the magic happens.

Wine Tasting:

Sauvignon Blanc

On the way from L.A.:

King Kabob on Casino Drive

What's Good: You're in the home stretch of your drive, and all of a sudden -- you're ravenous. Enter King Kabob -- Cherry Rice and a Lamb Kabob will provide you with the sustenance you need to finish your journey! Don't forget Homemade Baklava with Ice Cream for dessert...you're almost there!

Cherry Rice
Lamb Kabob
Baklava with Ice Cream

On the way home to L.A.:

Benny's Place on Madison Ave

What's Good: It's been a long weekend -- you came, you rallied, you...survived on camp food for four days. Reward yourself with a stellar sub from Benny's Place. Hit the road with the "best sub in town," be it the Benny's Special (think spicy Italian) or a Philly Cheesesteak. Your tummy will thank you.

Benny's Special
Philly Cheesesteak.

On the way from San Diego:

All of the Above Bakery on Jefferson Avenue

What's Good: If the sheer excitement and anticipation of the musical magical weekend that lies ahead isn't enough to wake you up, swing by All of the Above Bakery for some liquid adrenaline. While you're there, you'll probably be tempted by a vast selection of oatmeal cookies (oh so many cookies), vanilla cupcakes, or perhaps on the more savory side, a pair of chicken salad popovers. All bakery items are gluten-free, but you'd never know it.

Oatmeal Cookies
Vanilla Cupcakes
Chicken Salad Popover

On the way home to San Diego:

Campini's Deli Italiano on Old Town Front Street

What's Good: The philosophy behind the sub is simple: eat half now, half later -- unless you just can't control yourself, which might be the case with Campini's Special Sandwich. Once you get a taste of capocollo, proscuitto, and genoa salami on an Italian roll, you might forget you're in America (just remember to drive on the right side of the road). The cucumber salad is not to be missed. Duke it out with your L.A. friends about who got the better lunch on the way out. With four beers on draft at Campini's, you might come out on top.

Campini's Special Sandwich
Cucumber Salad

Cheat Sheet

Late Night: Alberto's Mexican Food
Carne Asada Fries
Surf and Turf Burrito

Hangover Cure -- The Hungry Bull
Breakfast Burrito
Pastrami Burger
Zucchini Sticks

Fuel Up -- The Broken Yolk
Gluten-Free Pancakes
Broken Yolk Iron Man (or woman) Challenge

Fast and Cheap -- Mr. You's Chinese Food Express
Spicy Orange Chicken
Sweet and Sour Pork
Fried Rice
Szechuan Broccoli

Wine and Dine -- Doffo Wines
Sauvignon Blanc

On the way from L.A. -- King Kabob
Cherry Rice
Lamb Kabob
Homemade Baklava with Ice Cream

On the way home to L.A. -- Benny's Place
Benny's Special
Philly Cheesesteak

On the way from San Diego -- All of the Above Bakery
Oatmeal Cookies
Vanilla Cupcakes
Chicken Salad Popover

On the way home to L.A. -- Campini's Deli Italiano
Cucumber Salad
Campini's Special Sandwich

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