Why did I spend so much time checking out the food vendors at Lollapalooza, instead of, you know, checking out one of the hundred or so bands? This Chicago festival actually pulls in a collection of interesting local food options.
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No matter if you're more excited to see Mumford & Sons or a reunited Nine Inch Nails, this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park also continues the fine tradition of bringing food vendors worth your attention. Here are the ten places I'm most looking forward to trying.
When I started poking around in Chicago, I found a surprising array of corn dogs, from Texas hot links in Anson Mills polenta batter to foie gras corn dogs to a pair of dogs topped with chili and cheese.
What is it about breakfast sausage and eggs in the morning? Sure, there is something simple and satisfying about the combination, but we're guessing it goes deeper. Perhaps it's that, besides maybe a hot dog, breakfast sausage is the first sausage most of us eat as children.
In Chicago, cheese fries are more than a dish you consume after a night out. Whether this is related to Chicago's hot dog stand culture or that chefs here like to elevate simple dishes, I don't know. But I do know that you can find a very wide range of cheese fries here.
What we love about the best cheap eats in Lincoln Park is that there is an appealing mix of old school joints and new concepts hungry to win over the crowds.
I went to Lollapalooza to eat. Sure, I caught a few sets along the way, but a decent number of the food options at the massive Chicago festival are distinguished by the simple fact that they are surprisingly, consistently good. Here are some of my favorites.
Hand cut fries are combined with frisée and braised pork cheek, tossed in a dijon mustard vinaigrette, and topped with a poached egg.
You don't walk into Franks 'n' Dawgs expecting a traditional Chicago-style hot dog. It's not that kind of place. Instead, the sausages are often house made, sometimes with unusual ingredients, and are topped with all manner of toppings, relishes, and condiments. The result is a menu of crazy ideas, some more successful than others, but all of them ambitious.
At the beginning of the year, I (and other SE contributors) vowed to eat more Korean food. Since then, I've noticed that more non-Korean restaurants are integrating kimchi into their menus. I've highlighted a handful of conventional and non-traditional kimchi-based dishes.
The Alternatives to Hot Doug's: Where to Eat in Avondale When Everyone's Favorite Hot Dog Stand Is Closed
No matter how careful you are, you'll eventually make the trek out to Hot Doug's to find the doors locked. Happens to the best of us. Luckily, there are a number of amazing restaurant options around the area, including a number of different cuisines. Just don't try to get a hot dog.
We haven't met many people who don't love a great french fry, and here in Chicago, there are a ton of places to choose from. We scoured the city to compile this list of 10 favorite fry sources. They range from sweet potato fries to foie gras fries to the more classic, skin-on ones.