The enormous three-day festival took over Chicago's Grant Park. Along with more bands than any one person could see, it also featured some fantastic local food vendors.
Smothered Waffle Fries at HummingBird Kitchen
The smothered waffle fries from this Evanston food truck hit that sweet spot between the absurd fried food you want at a festival, while allowing you not to feel like hell afterwards. But seriously, the waffle fries were covered crunchy Neuskes bacon, gooey cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. Instead of greasy and soft, each latticed chip was crisp and sturdy. And thanks to all those holes, the toppings got wedged in.
Vanilla Bean Glazed Doughnut at Glazed & Infused
I'm all in on this trend of eating doughnuts at Lollapalooza. While Do-Rite Donuts took care of my fried dough and sugar needs last year, Glazed & Infused was a totally worthy trade. The vanilla bean glazed doughnut was light and airy.
Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese Dog at Franks 'n' Dawgs
Once again, I was attracted to this offering by the name. Mac and cheese, bacon, and a sausage? Fortunately, Franks 'n' Dawgs knows how to make these heavy elements work together. In particular, the sprinkling of fresh thyme helps lighten things up.
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Savory Puff at Puffs of Doom
Not all Puffs of Doom need to be sweet. That's the lesson I learned with this jalapeño popper with chicken—a slightly spicy take on chicken salad. The soft puff sort of reminded me of a croissant, which explains why it went so well with the filling.
Classic Cheeseburger at Edzo's
Last year I went with Edzo's bacon and cheddar burger, so this time I decided to keep it simple with the classic cheeseburger. While the burgers aren't quite up to the ridiculously high standards you'd expect from the two permanent locations, they are still way better than any other festival burger I've tried.
No fresh vegetables (the crowds couldn't have cooked them anyway), but you could find some fresh bread and cheese in the Farmers Market.
This local cheesemaker knew how to attract the crowds. Oh, and by the way, the crowds were really into jean shirts and body glitter this year. Has this been going on for a while?
Is it just me, or is he not pleased?