Allston Eating: Boston Calling reveals its full food and drink lineup for Spring 2017



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First came the bands. Then came the comedians. Now comes the food and drink.

The Boston Calling Spring 2017 lineup keeps getting better and better, and as the three-day music and arts festival sits about a month away (May 26 to 28 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston), we now have an idea of what we’ll all be eating and drinking as we watch Tool, Chance The Rapper, The xx, Run The Jewels, Solange and about 40 other bands and artists up across multiple stages.

And since this edition of Boston Calling has doubled in size from its previous life at City Hall Plaza, its food and drink options have expanded as well. Stewart Billodeaux, director of concessions for event producer Crash Line Productions, tells Boston Magazine: “Prior to this, we were somewhat restricted by the physical real estate… We’re basically doubling the size of the festival. Not only can we have twice as many vendors, but we can do a whole, wide array of offerings, from vegetarian, to barbecue, to oysters on the half shell. It really just enhances the experiences from top to bottom, because now everyone is going to find something they like to eat.”

There will be 11 new vendors on site at Boston Calling, including Cambridge barbecue joint The Smoke Shop, Asian street food truck Moyzilla, beloved taco and burrito joint El Pelon Taqueria, vegan dessert spot FoMu, and the lobster-roll-and-oyster-slinging Shuck Food Truck.

Returning to the fest are favorites like Tasty Burger, Zinneken’s Waffles, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and its vegan partner Whole Heart Provisions (pictured up top; photo by Zac Wolf).

Of course, you’ll need some tasty adult beverages to wash all that down. Festival sponsors Miller Lite, Samuel Adams, and Dark Horse Wine will keep things flowing, and a Mikkeller Craft Beer Garden will serve as a refuge from the fest craziness and serve up its Boston Calling beer, the BC Dream Hoppy Pilsner.

There’s really a lot going on here, so scan through the full list below. An asterisk (*) denotes that participant is new for 2017. Tickets to Boston Calling range from $99 to $999; get a full rundown of ticket prices and availability here.

Boston Calling Spring 2017 Food Menu

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General Admission

Arancini Bros.

– Classic Ragu: Saffron Risotto with tomato meat sauce, peas and mozzarella
– Bianco Verde: Basil pesto with mozzarella
– Buffalo Ball: Roasted chicken with gorgonzola cheese
– Bucatini Fritti: Italian style mac and cheese
– Pizza Ball: Margherita tomato, basil, mozzarella
– Our Famous Nutella: Hazelnut chocolate and cinnamon sugar
– Granito Pops: Lemon, pistachio, and watermelon

*Big Mozz

– Mozzarella Sticks

Bon Me

– Signature Vietnamese Sandwiches and Soba Noodle Salads with choice of filling: Spiced Rubbed Chicken, Chinese BBQ Pork, Roasted Soy and Paprika Tofu

CopperDome Crust

– Artisan Wood Fired Pizza with a variety of toppings

*El Pelon Taqueria

– Steak or chicken tacos with rice and black beans
– Steak or chicken bowl with a flour tortilla, salsa, Mexican rice and black beans
– Chips, salsa, and guacamole

Firefly’s BBQ

– St. Louis Ribs
– Pulled Pork Sandwich
– Pulled Chicken Sandwich
– BBQ Bowl with pulled pork or pulled chicken, mac and cheese, beans and coleslaw
– Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
– Pulled Pork Mac and Coleslaw
– Crazy Roo Wings
– Big Side of Mac
– BBQ Beans
– Coleslaw
– Cornbread
– Potato salad

*Flatbread Pizza

– Pizza by the slice


– Ice Cream Scoops
– Ice Cream Sandwiches
– Baked Goodies

*Joe’s American Bar & Grill

– Joe’s Original New England Clam Chowder
– Classic Chili


– Katsu and panko crusted pork tenderloin with cabbage, aioli and optional jasmine rice
– Rice and cabbage salad with soy ginger dip
– Hand folded pork and red cabbage dumpling


– Rice burgers, rice bowls, and salad bowls with the choice of filling:
– Spicy Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken
– Bulgogi Shaved Steak
– Spicy Sweet and Sour Vegetarian Chicken
– Shiitake Mushroom

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

– Hot Honey Bacon
– Green Muenster
– Classic Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato
– Grillos Pickles
– Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

– Steak Sandwich
– Salad with Steak Sandwich
– Salad with Lobster or Lobster Roll
– Vegetable Wrap

*Sate’ Grill

– Brown Rice with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
– Rice Noodles with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
– Mixed greens and Veggies with choice of Chicken, Tofu, or Beef
– Crispy Rolls
– Gyoza Dumplings

*Shuck Food Truck

– Oysters on the Half Shell
– Lobster Roll, Cape Cod cold
– Lobster Roll Slider

*Stone and Skillet

– English Muffin Cheese Pizza
– English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza
– English Muffin Hawaiian Pizza

The Sausage Guy

– Sweet, Hot and Bourbon Sausages
– Sausage Guy Brats
– All Beef Hot Dogs
– Steak Tips

*The Smoke Shop

– Queso Mac and Cheese
– Chopped Brisket Sandwich
– Pulled Pork Sandwich
– Smoked Chicken Sandwich
– Tacos (3 per order): with salsa verde & cabbage slaw; choice of chopped brisket, pulled pork or smoked chicken
– BBQ Bomb: waffle filled cone filled with queso mac and cheese, BBQ beans, coleslaw and choice of pork, brisket, or chicken, and topped with jalapenos
– Pit Crew: 2 meats, 2 sides
– Pit Boss: all 3 meats, all 3 sides
– Sides: BBQ beans, coleslaw, corn bread with honey-sea salt butter
– Butter Cake

Tasty Burger

– Hamburger
– Cheeseburger
– Bacon Cheeseburger
– Veggie Burger
– Veggie Burger with Cheese
– Tots
– Chips

Whole Heart Provisions

– Veggie bowls with a choice of a base of greens or grains in the following styles:
– Tazon Style Bowl: Pineapple, Corn Salsa, Korean Black Beans, Smashed Cucumber and Tomato, Red Cabbage Slaw and Lime Vinaigrette with Corn Nuts
– Miso Style Bowl: Roasted Broccoli, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Smashed Cucumber, Pickled Carrots, Red Cabbage Slaw with Orange Miso Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds
– Viet Style Bowl: Roasted Broccoli, Smashed Cucumber, Tomato, Pickled Carrots, Savory Green Beans Spicy Peanut Sauce and Peanut Crumble
– Sides: Seared Avocados, Food Should Taste Good Chips

Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles

– Sugar Belgian Waffle
– Toppings: Nutella, Banana, Maple Syrup, Cookie Butter Spread, Caramel

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