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Oooohhh.. Indigestion!

By Rachelle Bowden in Food on Jun 28, 2004 11:39AM

Lou Malnatis

Saturday was a beautiful day and Chicagoist had a few friends in from out of town so we all headed down to Grant Park for Taste of Chicago, which claims to be the world's largest food and free music festival. Wow, what a bunch of gluttons we were!!! Tickets were $7 for 11 tickets and the three of us each bought $21 worth of tickets. .. what's that? 99 tickets? At each of the festival's 70 restaurant booths there were several food items to choose from that ranged in price from 2 - 9 tickets. Pooling our tickets together and sharing everything we bought we were able to consume all of the following:

Hotdog, Photo by Tien Mao» Breaded steak sandwich from Ricobene's
» Coconut shrimp from Chicago Joe's
» Chili from Chicago Joe's
» Cheeseburger from Billy Goat Tavern
» BBQ ribs from Robinson's #1 Ribs
» Cheesecake from Eli's Cheesecake
Italian Beef, Photo by Tien Mao» Hotdog from Gold Coast Dogs
» Italian beef from Buona Beef
» Cinnamon roll from Ann Sather
» Pizza from Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
» Turtle soup from Stanley's Kitchen & Tap
» Caramel apple sundae from Gertie's Ice Cream
Key Lime Pie» Key lime pie from JR Dessert Bakery
» Fried dough from Volare
» Plantain chips with garlic sauce from Sabor Latino
» Gatorade
» 2 Bud Lights

Midway through this feeding frenzy we had to stop and take a rest in the grassy 2004_06_fountain.jpgshade near Buckingham Fountain. Our favorite foods of the day were the coconut shrimp, the hotdog, the italian beef and the plantains. The turtle soup and the breaded steak were our least favorites. They were both a bit on the bland side. Chicagoist has tentative plans to go back to the festival this week with coworkers, but we're thinking one time is probably enough to tide us over.. at least until next year!