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Taste Of Chicago Announces Vendors

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 15, 2014 1:45PM

Taste of Chicago announced its 2014 vendor list Thursday morning. Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel has the scoop: 66 vendors are participating; 22 are first timers and one popular restaurant is bringing back an iconic staple of Tastes past.

Manny's Coffee Shop is returning after a two-year absence and they're bringing their wildly popular barbecue turkey legs along. Say what you want about Taste of Chicago (and many of you will) but the festival isn't the same without those behemoth drumsticks.

Here is the full list of vendors for the festival. (New participants are in bold.)

Abbey Pub & Restaurant, 3420 W. Grace St.
Bacino's of Lincoln Park, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Big Cheese Poutinerie, 3401 N. Clark
Billy Goat Inn, 1535 W. Madison St.
BJ's Market & Bakery, 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
Bobak Sausage Co., 5275 S. Archer Ave.
Caffe Gelato, 2034 W. Division St.
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, 300 W. 26th St.
Chicago's Dog House, 816 W. Fullerton
Churro Factory, 3755 W. Armitage St.
Connie's Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave.
Eli's Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Franco's Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.
Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells
Gold Coast Dogs, 225 S. Canal St.
Iyanze, 4623 N. Broadway St.
Kasia's Deli, 2101 W. Chicago Ave.
Lawrence's Fisheries, 2120 S. Canal St.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 805 S. State St.
M Burger, 100 W. Randolph
Manny's Coffee Shop (back after two-year hiatus), 1141 S. Jefferson St.
Mariano's Fresh Market replaces Dominick's
Noodle Vietnamese, 2336 S. Wentworth Ave.
Oak Street Beach Café, 5700 S. Cicero Ave.
O'Briens Restaurant, 1528 N. Wells St.
Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.
Pazzo's Cucina, 101 N. Wacker Drive
Ricobene's on 26th St., 252 W. 26th St.
Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, 225 S. Canal St.
Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St.
SpritzBurger, 3819 N. Broadway
Star of Siam, 11 E. Illinois St.
Tuscany, 1014 W. Taylor St.
Vee-Vee's African Restaurant, 6232 N. Broadway St.

The list of pop-up restaurants also features some new faces.

Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan Ave.
Brazilian Bowl Grill, 3204 N. Broadway
Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize, 2518 W. 63rd St.
Jin Ju, 5203 N. Clark St.
Kamehachi, 1531 N. Wells St.
Mama Mia, 3131 N. Central Ave.
Mayan Sol Latin Grill, 3830 W. Lawrence Ave.
Punky's Pizza & Pasta, 2600 S. Wallace St.
Restaurant Veneno de Nayarit, 1024 N. Ashland Ave.
Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
Sol de Mexico, 3018 N. Cicero
Stan's Donuts & Coffee, 1560 N. Damen Ave.
Taco Joint, 158 W. Ontario

Food trucks are becoming a more prominent presence this year, as well.

Beavers Coffee & Donuts
Bombay Wraps
Bridgeport Pasty
The Cheesies Truck
Chicago Cupcake
Chicago Lunchbox
Gino's Steak
Harold's Chicken
Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes
Pork Chop
Starfruit Café
Taquero Fusion
The Fat Shallot
Salsa Truck
Windy City Patty Wagon

As for the musical acts, Lucinda Williams has been added as the headliner July 12 on a double bill with Jeff Tweedy. Seating for tickets to Taste of Chicago's concerts go on sale 10 a.m. May 22. Tickets will start at $18 and there's a limit of 10 tickets per purchase.