Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tastes at the Taste of Chicago

I enjoyed dinner at the Taste of Chicago last night. It was a beautiful summer evening and surprisingly not as crowded as I expected. The Taste is a 10 day food festival on the City's lakefront complete with over 60 restaurants serving their specialties, musical entertainment and family activities. Admission is free and food is purchased with coupons, $8 will get you 12 coupons and portions range from 4 to 10 tickets each. The Taste is famous for the diversity of restaurants as well as the favorites such as Eli's Cheesecake.
Some restaurants definitely offer better options for your money that others. For example, you can get a large slice of chocolate chip cheesecake with a scoop of ice cream for 7 tickets at Eli's while at Billy Goat Tavern, 8 tickets will only get you an overcooked bland burger (according to my kid). My favorite at all the places we sampled was the french fries with curry sauce and vinegar from O'Brien's Pub, absolutely finger licking good.

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