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Tastes of Chicago summer

Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Sample culinary offerings from Chicago’s various neighborhoods this summer as 59 restaurants participating in Taste of Chicago 2011 serve a diverse menu in Grant Park June 24-July 3. Many new items are being offered this year from both new and returning restaurants, providing Taste attendees with an endless array of options in one location. Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival. This year, each vendor will serve six items, two of which are special “Taste Of” portions priced at $2 or less. The “Taste Of” portion gives attendees the opportunity to sample a wide variety of items. Patrons should keep their eyes peeled for the Humana Healthier Choices green apple icon that designates healthy options on the menu boards. There’s also the opportunity to run those calories away at the Humana Race to Taste, Sunday, June 26. Visit www.chicagoracetotaste.us for more info.

New to the Taste this year are:

•Alhambra Palace (1240 W. Randolph St.) – Falafel Sandwich with Jerusalem Salad; Chicken Kabob Basket; Beef Shwarma Sandwich; Hummus; “Taste Of:” Falafel with Hummus; Baklava

•Banana Leaf Restaurant (1948 E. 79th St.) – Four Jerk Wings with Rice; Blackened Tilapia with Rice; Jerk Lamb Chop with Rice; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry; “Taste Of:” Two Jerk Wings; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry

•Beggars Pizza (310 S. Clinton St.) – Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza Slice; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza Slice; “Taste Of:” Thin Crust Sausage or Pepperoni Pizza; Mostaciolli with Marinara Sauce

•Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery (5569 N. Northwest Hwy.) – Atomic Cake; Eclairs; Sweets on a Stick; Parfait cup, Oreo; “Taste Of:” Parfait cup, Oreo; Eclairs

•The Fudge Pot (1532 N. Wells) – Chocolate Dipped Strawberry; Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana; Combination: Strawberry, Fudge, Banana; “Taste Of:” Baby Chocolate Frozen Banana; Chocolate Fudge

•Lao Sze Chuan (2172 S. Archer Ave.) – Dry Chili Chicken; Salt & Pepper Pork Rib; Crispy Shrimp in Lemon Sauce; Vegetable Fried Rice; “Taste Of:” Dry Chili Chicken; Spring Roll (vegetarian)

•Loving Hut (5812 N. Broadway) – Home Run Ball (Fried Vegetable Textured Protein with Sweet/Spicy Sauce); Drumsticks; Kung Pao with Rice; “Taste Of:” Drumsticks; Tiramisu

•Parrot Cage Restaurant (7059 S. South Shore Dr. ) – Turkey Meatloaf “Cupcakes;” Seafood Gumbo; Seafood Salad; Red Velvet Cupcake; “Taste Of:” Red Velvet Cupcake; Seafood Gumbo

•Starfruit Café (2142 N. Halsted ) – Original Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Pomengranate Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Birthday Cake Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Strawberry Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; “Taste Of:” Pomengranate Frozen Kefir; Original Flavor Frozen Kefir

Returning favorites include:

•Bacino’s Pizza of Lincoln Park (2204 N. Lincoln Ave.) – Stuffed Spinach Pizza Slice; Stuffed Sausage Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza Slice; “Taste Of:” Stuffed Spinach Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice

•Eli’s Cheesecake Company (6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive ) – Eli’s Frozen Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper; Eli’s Cookie Crazy Oreo Smoosh with Vanilla Ice Cream; Eli’s Turtle Cheesecake; Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake; Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake w/ Strawberries; “Taste Of:” Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake; Eli’s “Skinny Chocolate” Cheesecake

•Garrett Popcorn Shops (Chicagoland Locations) – Popcornsicle; The Chicago Mix; ½ lb. Mixed Nuts; Ice Cream; “Taste Of:” Popcorn Ball; Mixed Nuts Sampler

•Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen (1141 S. Jefferson St.) – Barbequed Turkey Leg; Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich; Potato Pancakes; Apple Pie Square; “Taste Of:” Apple Pie Square; Macaroni and Cheese

•Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs (225 S. Canal) – BBQ Ribs; Rib Tip; Boneless Rib Sandwich; Chicken Tenders w/ Sweet Potato Fries; “Taste Of:” Chicken Tenders; Sweet Potato Fries

•Vienna Beef/Gold Coast Dogs (Chicagoland Locations ) – Hot Dog (Chicago Style or Plain); Maxwell Street Polish Sausage or Plain; Fire Dogs (Mustard or Plain); French Fries; “Taste Of:” Pickle on a Stick; Mini corn dogs

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