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C2 Eats, Too: A C2E2 Food Guide

By Marielle Shaw in Food on Apr 23, 2015 7:00PM

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We’re counting down the days until C2E2 and getting more and more excited. We’ve got bags packed (bottled water is a must), passes equipped and tickets acquired for extracurriculars. Friday marks the beginning of the madness and we’re not the only ones already preparing. Several area restaurants are joining the nerdy fray to offer specialty items for the weekend and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to catch ‘em all.

If you’re travelling past (or better yet, staying at) the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, check out the M/X and POI bars, which are offering a multitude of superhero themed concoctions like the Villain, which features peach schnapps, a bit of Jack Daniels, sour mix and pineapple juice. They’re also offering similarly themed food, like the Colossal, which warms our cheese loving hearts. It features earthy brie, velvety gouda, peppered bacon and caramelized onions on white bread with a tomato basil sauce.

One of our favorite breweries, Revolution, is bringing back Galaxy Hero, a custom IPA with a “raygun blast of hops” created for C2E2. They will pair it with a very unique burger, aptly named the Galaxy Burger, which features pork marinated in Tang, powdered bacon shallot rings and a “Black Hole Bun” colored black with squid ink and topped with sesame seeds.

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Over at the Hard Rock Hotel, those dining at Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen can grab a pint of Galaxy Hero and pair it with the Iron Chef Burger, which is made with a very sharp cheddar and a red onion jam. As a lunch special the dynamic duo goes for $14, but for dinner they’ll double the patty and it’ll run you $26. Hard Rock will keep Galaxy Hero on tap until the end of the month, in case you find yourself wanting it when the con fun is over.

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If you’re more in the mood for pizza pies, Dimo’s has cooked up a “Too Many Cooks” pizza which will be offered both in Wrigleyville and Wicker Park. This '80s throwback was inspired by the Adult Swim show’s ‘cheesy TV parodies’ according to Chef Steve Hofstad. The pie itself will be a wicked combination of Doritos, Combos and chicken nuggets tossed in Ecto-Cooler sauce with spicy Pop Rocks. It’s a curious combination we’re not sure we’re ready for, but something we might be tempted to experience nonetheless.

Cons can be exhausting, whether you’re walking the floors in costume or out. There’s always a big crowd, it’s hot and you’re on your feet most of the day. This makes lunch or dinner outside of the confines of the South Building a great way to recharge, and these offerings will make you feel like you’re not missing out on any nerdy fun.