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Four Chicago foods you must check out in 2021.
Warning: Please start reading this blog on an empty stomach.
By the time you’re done reading, you’ll have already ordered one or more delights from our selection of Chicago’s juiciest cuisines.
And that’s best done on an empty stomach, isn’t it?
Chicago’s deep dish pizza from Malnati’s
There’s the pizzas you can get in NYC, which likes to think of itself as a pizza powerhouse.
And then there’s Chicago’s pizza..
Out here we’re firmly against fat-shaming pizzas. Thus, we deplore uber-thin crusts. We spurn any talk of going easy on the toppings.
A Chicago pizza takes pride in maintaining delicious depth, with oodles of goodies stuffed into it.
Your knife will actually sink into the pizza when you carve it up. Which is why we call it Chicago’s deep dish pizza.
I recommend Malnati’s on S State Street as the best place to grab your pizza from!
Pro tip: Order a side of salad along with your pizza; they go very well together.!
Chocolate cake shake from Portillo’s
OK; this is a controversial choice.
Ask most people about Portillo’s, and they’ll swear...
Swear by their hot dogs, that is.
And, yes, their hot dogs are great.
Their ‘cake shakes’ are EVEN BETTER!
If you’ve never heard of a ‘cake shake’ before, here’s the deal…
They slice up a cake (what cake depends on your order) into chunks, and blend the chunks into a smoothie.
That’s before they add ice cream.
Yep, that is one dish of gooey goodness you’ll want to experience all by itself! I recommend their Canal and Taylor location!
Here’s Gabriel Iglesias raving about the chocolate cheese cake...
Pro tip: If you absolutely want to beef up your order from just chocolate cake shake, go for one of their ‘charbroiled’ burgers.
Chicago dogs from Devil Dawgs
Many call them ‘Chicago-style hot dogs’.
But the real name for them is, of course, Chicago dogs. They’re a class apart.
Deliciously chewy dog sausage, garnished perfectly with pickles, mustard, and vegetable slices, within two fluffy and fresh buns.
I prefer their S. State Street location.
Pro tip: Order a side of chilli cheese fries with your Chicago dogs.
And if you must dip your dogs in sauce (and no, no NSFW pun intended), ask for their house sauce.
Flaming saganaki from Greek Islands
OK, ‘saganakis’ are a Greek/Mediterranean cuisine.
HOWEVER, the ‘flaming saganaki’ is a Chicago innovation on the traditional Greek fare. It involves a traditional saganaki being ‘flambéed’ (French for ‘flamed’) at your table, accompanied by a shout of ‘opa’.
You might be thinking that’s a lot of talk for a cheese appetizer, but trust me…
Once you’ve sunk your teeth into one of their fresh and creamy saganakis, you’ll be Instagramming about it within moments!
I like the ones they make over at Greek Islands (on S. Halstead Street).
Pro tip: Calamari mains complement it wonderfully.
Some other Chicago foods you should also check out
OK, so those were my top 4 fav foods that I think must be on your to-have list for 2021.
Here are a few more you can check out, once you’ve done those four (think of these as our ‘honorable mentions’)
Jambalaya from Buddy Guy’s Legends.
Lollipop (chicken) wings from the Great Sea Restaurant.
Beef sandwich (with peppers and fries) from Luke’s.
I hope you enjoy taste-testing Chicago’s foods and creating your own list of the best foods Chicago has to offer!
Tell me which ones you like best...tweet your list, with the hashtags #Foods #Chicago #FIAB.
What sets Chicago foods apart
Just like escape rooms, Chicago foods offer a multi-sensory experience.
Just like escape rooms, Chicago foods offer up a multi-sensory experience.
From the delightful aroma wafting through the air to the unique textures you feel as you handle them, to the tastes that flood your mouth - our foods are really a feast for the senses!
It’s what sets our cuisine apart.
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