The Taste of Chicago 2010 is celebrating three decades with a bang. This year’s festivities will once again be on Columbus Drive between Monroe and Balboa. More than fifty Chicago area eateries will be setting up in Grant Park and there are almost a dozen new additions to this year’s festivities. Visitors to the festival buy sheets of tickets which are available in sheets of 12 tickets for $8. Each of the restaurant booths offers two smaller portions from their menus for no more than four tickets each. The festival will run from 11AM to 9PM everyday from June 25-July 4th save on the 3rd and 4th when the festival closes slightly earlier. That’s why folks are encouraged to come out early and often to get the true flavor of the city of Chicago. Here are five places you don’t want to miss at the Taste of Chicago 2010.
Abbey Pub (#11): Irish Egg Rolls: One of the participants in Taste of Chicago 2010 is the Abbey Pub. They are scheduled to have a few tastes this year but one you should definitely check out is their Irish Egg Roll. When my wife and I were in Chicago last year we stopped into the Abbey Pub and their Irish Egg Roll was one of the more interesting flavors I’ve ever encountered. An Irish Egg Roll? Use your imagination: corned beef, cabbage, cheese, mustard inside a fried shell.
Polo Café & Catering (#33): Grilled BBQ Pork Loin on a stick: Dave Samber is about as Chicago as you can get, so it’s no surprise that his home base; the Polo Café & Catering will be making an appearance at the Taste of Chicago 2010. Stay at his Bridgeport Bed & Breakfast if you’re visiting Chicago from out of town but head over to his booth at the Taste of Chicago 2010 and try his grilled BBQ port loin on a stick! It’s delicious!
Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen (#49): Potato Pancakes: You can’t go to Chicago and not get Manny’s Cafeteria’s Potato Pancakes. If you’re back through the area and you want seconds, resist and try Manny’s Macaroni and Cheese! Yummy!
Oak Street Beach Café (#31):Grilled Lobster Tail with Potato: While one may not associate Chicago with a great lobster menu, the Oak Street Beach café has some of the best lobster in the city. At the Taste of Chicago 2010 they will be offering their grilled lobster tail with potato; it’s like a full meal at a Taste of Chicago 2010 booth!
Original Rainbow Cone (#38): Cookie Dough Cone: End your trip to the Taste of Chicago with a trip to the Original Rainbow Cone booth. They have many fine flavors but for my tickets I’d give their cookie dough cone a shot.
While I’m not going to the Taste of Chicago 2010, I’ve been in the past and I will be back again. Try these five restaurants if you’re in Chicago and comment here to let me know about any other restaurants which didn’t make my list.