By Nikki

You gotta pay for entertainment at the Taste this year!  Yup…if you want to see Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan or Death Cab For Cutie it will cost you $25.  Or…you could just stand next to the outdoor venue and listen for free.  Taste of Chicago 2012 dates: July 11 – 15, 2012 in Grant Park.

Check out the list of restaurants participating this year:

Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St.
Roasted Corn on the Cob; Fish and Chips; Irish Egg Rolls
TP: Fries with Irish Curry; Irish Egg Roll

Abundance Bakery
105 E. 47th St.
Caramel Cupcake; Blueberry Muffin; Caramel Pecan Cupcake; Brownie
TP:Butter Cookies; Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Adobo Grill
1601 N. Wells
Guacamole and Chips; Pork Tacos; Chicken Tamale; Churros
TP: Cheese Empanada; Churro

Alhambra Palace
1240 W. Randolph St.
Falafel Sandwich with Jerusalem Salad; Chicken Kabob Basket; Beef Shwarma Sandwich; Hummus
TP: Falafel with Hummus; Baklava

Arya Bhavan
2508 W. Devon
Samosa; Chana Masala; Geera (Cumin) Rice; Bhel
TP: Samosa; Bhel

Bacino’s Pizza of Lincoln Park
2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Stuffed Spinach Pizza; Stuffed Sausage Pizza; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza
TP: Stuffed Spinach Pizza; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza

Banana Leaf Restaurant
1948 E. 79th St.
Four Jerk Wings with Rice; Blackened Tilapia with Rice; Jerk Lamp Chop with Rice; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry
TP: Two Jerk Wings; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry

Beggars Pizza
310 S. Clinton
Thin Crust Cheese Pizza; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza; Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza
TP: Thin Crust Sausage or Pepperoni Pizza; Mostaciolli with Marinara Sauce

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill
1535 W. Madison Ave.
Rib Eye Steak Sandwich; Double Cheeseburger; Single Cheeseburger
TP: 1/2 Cheeseburger; Baked Potato Chips

BJ’s Market and Bakery
8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
Mustard-Fried Catfish; BBQ Turkey Tips; Fish Taco; Sweet Potato Chips
TP: Mustard-Fried Catfish; Peach Cobbler

Bobak Sausage Company
5275 S. Archer Ave.
Maxwell Polish Sausage; Beer Bratwurst Sausage; All Natural Chipotle Chicken Sausage; Ultimate Sausage Sampler Platter
TP: Mini Maxwell Street Polish Sausage; Mini Chipotle Chicken Sausage

300 W. 26th St.
Fire-Grilled Steak Taco; Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia Taco; Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Taco; Sampler Platter (all four tacos)
TP: Fire Grilled Steak Taco; Fire Roasted Veggie Taco

C’est Si Bon!
643 E. 47th St.
Sweet Potato Cheesecake; Collard Green Egg Roll; Cajun Meatballs; Spicy Chicken Wingettes & Sweet Potato Biscuit
TP: Cajun Meatballs; Fresh Fruit Cup

Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery
5569 N. Northwest Hwy.
Atomic Cake; Eclairs; Sweets on a Stick; Parfait Cup, Oreo
TP: Parfait Cup, Oreo; Eclairs

Chicago Joe’s
2256 W. Irving Park Rd.
Popcorn Shrimp with Fries; Calamari with Fries; Jumbo Fried Shrimp with Fries; Cheesy Seasoned Fries
TP: Cheesey Seasoned Fries; Firehouse Chili

Churro Factory
2214 S. Wolcott Ave.
Churros; Funnel Cake; Ice Cream; Frozen Bananas
TP: Mini Churros; Buñuelo Chips

Connie’s Pizza
2373 S. Archer Ave.
Deep Dish Cheese Pizza; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza; Gluten Free Pizza; Frozen Banana
TP: Mini Meatball Sandwich; Slice of Gluten Free Pizza

Cubby Bear
1059 W. Addison St.
Garlic Fries; BBQ Beef Sandwich; Mac and Cheese Bites; Maine Lobster Roll
TP: Mac and Cheese Bites; White Chicken Chili

Dominick’s (Chicagoland Locations)
Red/Green Seedless Grapes; Cherries; Watermelon Slice; Roasted Ultra Sweet Corn on the Cob
TP: 1/2 Watermelon Slice; Pineapple Bites

Eli’s Cheesecake
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Frozen Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper; Cookie Crazy Oreo Smoosh with Vanilla Ice Cream; Turtle Cheesecake; Plain Cheesecake (with or without strawberries)
TP: Plain Cheesecake; No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Cheesecake

Franco’s Ristorante
300 W. 31st St.
Italian Ice Combo; Italian Lemon or Watermelon Ice; Homemade Strawberry Gelato; Homemade Staciatella Gelato
TP: Lemon Italian Ice; Watermelon Italian Ice

The Fudge Pot
1532 N. Wells
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry; Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana; Combination: Strawberry, Fudge, Banana
TP: Baby Chocolate Frozen Banana; Chocolate Fudge

Garrett Popcorn Shops (Chicagoland and O’Hare Locations)
Popcornsicle; Caramel and Cheese Popcorn Mix; 1/2 lb. Mixed Nuts; Ice Cream
TP: Popcorn Ball; Mixed Nuts Sampler

Guey Lon
3968 N. Elston Ave.
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura; Orange Chicken with Fried Rice; Egg Roll; Crab Rangoon
TP: Pot Stickers; Vegetable Tempura

Harold’s Chicken #71

2109 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicken Wings; Chicken Nuggets; Fried Okra; Fries
TP: Fried String Beans; 1 Wing and Fried Okra

Harry Caray’s
33 W. Kinzie St.
Homemade Potato Chips; Fried Dough; Toasted Cheese Ravioli
TP: Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

731 W. Maxwell St.
Sweet Potato Fries; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns; Maxwell Street Burger; BBQ Meatballs
TP: Sweet Potato Fries; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

Home Run Inn Pizza
4254 W. 31st St.
Cheese Pizza; Sausage Pizza; Chicken Wings; Cookie with Ice Cream
TP: Two Wings; Harvest Salad

4623 N. Broadway St.
Rice and Beans with Jerk and Plantain; Jollof and Oxtail; Coconut Rice with Sauteed Beef; Bissap Sorbet
TP: Jerk Chicken; Bissap Sorbet

JR Dessert Bakery
2841 W. Howard St.
Plain Cheesecake (with Fresh Strawberry or Caramel Pecan Sauce); Frozen Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bar; Key Lime Pie; Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (with or without Ice Cream)
TP: Plain Cheesecake; Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Kasia’s Deli
2101 W. Chicago Ave.
Pierogi (Potato, Sauerkraut, Beef, Potato Cheddar Jalapeno); Grilled Polish Sausage Sandwich with Sauteed Onions or Sauerkraut; Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce or Sour Cream; Chicken/Sausage Kabob with Vegetable Rice
TP: Cheese or Strawberry Blintz with Chocolate Topping; Potato Pierogi

La Justicia
3901 W. 26th St.
Enchiladas; Steak Taco with Pico de Gallo; Nachos (Steak or Chicken)
TP: Enchilada; Chicken Taco

Lagniappe-Creole Cajun Joynt
1525 W. 79th St.
Catfish Po’Boy; Crawfish Boil; Chicken & Waffles; Beignets
TP: Beignets; Pralines and Cream

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S. Archer Ave.
Dry Chili Chicken; Salt & Pepper Pork Rib; Crispy Shrimp in Lemon Sauce; Vegetable Fried Rice
TP: Dry Chili Chicken; Vegetarian Spring Roll

Lou Malnati’s Pizza
805 S. State St.
Sausage Pizza; Cheese Pizza; Chopped Salad; Bruschetta
TP:Chopped Salad; Bruschetta

Loving Hut
5812 N. Broadway
Home Run Ball (Fried Vegetable Textured Protein with Sweet/Spicy Sauce); Drumsticks; Kung Pao with Rice
TP: Drumsticks; Tiramisu

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
1141 S. Jefferson St.
Barbequed Turkey Leg; Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich; Potato Pancakes; Apple Pie Square
TP: Apple Pie Square; Macaroni and Cheese

The Noodle Vietnamese Cuisine
2336 S. Wentworth Ave.
Bahn Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) with Beef or Chicken; Breaded Chicken with Butter Rice; Crab Rangoon; Red Bean, Boba Shaved Ice with Milk and Jelly
TP: Crab Rangoon; Sesame Beef on a stick

Oak Street Beach Café
5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Grilled Lobster Tail with Potato; Grilled Shrimp on a Skewer with Potato; Grilled Bourbon Chicken Wrap with Potato; Nachos with Cheese and Jalapenos
TP: Bourbon Chicken; Garlic Potatoes

1528 N. Wells St.
Celtic Corn on the Cob; Gourmet Beef Hot Dog (Chicago Style); Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp; French Fries
TP: Cherry Dumpling; French Fries

Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave.
Original Rainbow Cone (Cake or Waffle); Cookie Dough or Cookies and Cream Cone; Waffle Cone Sundae (Vanilla Yogurt with Blueberries and Strawberries)
TP: Taster Cup of Rainbow; Dream Cup (Vanilla Yogurt with Orange Sherbet)

Parrot Cage Restaurant
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Turkey Meatloaf “Cupcakes”; Seafood Gumbo; Seafood Salad; Red Velvet Cupcake
TP: Red Velvet Cupcake; Seafood Gumbo

Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna
130 S. Halsted St.
Gyros; Greek Chicken on Pita; Loukaneko; Soutzoukia
TP: Loukaneko; Baklava

Polka Sausage and Deli
8753 Commercial Ave.
Polish Sausage Sandwich with Kraut; Bratwurst Sandwich with Kraut; Grilled Chicken Breast with Onions; Pierogi with Sour Cream
TP: Pierogi; Bratwurst Sandwich

Polo Café & Catering
3322 S. Morgan St.
BBQ Grilled Boneless Pork Chop Slider with Grilled Onions; Baked Salmon Mini Burger; Crab Cake Nuggets; Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Bread
TP: Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Bread; Cheesy Homemade Cajun Chips

Reggio’s Pizza
1339 S. Halsted St.
Turkey Sausage Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust; Sausage Pizza; Cheese Pizza; Red, White and Blue Italian Ice
TP: Cherry Italian Ice; Cheese Pizza

252 W. 26th St.
Italian Breaded Steak Sandwich; Beef & Sausage Combo; Fresh Cut Fries with Cheese; Boneless Buffalo Wings
TP: Italian Breaded Steak Sandwich; Breaded Eggplant Sandwich

Robinson’s No.1 Ribs
225 S. Canal St.
BBQ Ribs; Rib Tip Combo; Boneless Rib Sandwich; Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries
TP: Chicken Tenders; Sweet Potato Fries

Sabor Latino
3808 W. North Ave.
Steak & Onions with Rice and Pigeon Peas; Puerto Rican Steak Sandwich; Steak Jaibarito Sandwich; Pork Filled Banana Dumpling
TP: Jibarito; Coconut Ice

The Smoke Daddy
1804 W. Division
Pulled Pork; Pulled Chicken; BBQ Chips
TP: Pulled Pork; Pulled Chicken

Star of Siam
11 E. Illinois St.
Pot Stickers; Pad Thai Noodles; Grilled Chicken Satay; Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
TP: Pot Stickers; Pad Thai Noodles

Starfruit Cafe
2142 N. Halsted
Original Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Pomegranate Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Birthday Cake Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Strawberry Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings
TP: Pomegranate Frozen Kefir; Original Flavor Frozen Kefir

Texas de Brazil
51 E. Ohio
Signature Garlic-Marinated Picanha; Brazilian Sausage; Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon; Combo Platter
TP: Quinoa Salad; Brazilian Sausage; Chicken Wrapped in Bacon

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N Fairbanks Ct.
Buffalo Wings with Ranch; Chicken Fingers and Tots; Footlong Corn Dog; Cheesy Tater Tots
TP: Buffalo Wings; Fresh Carrots, Celery and Ranch

1014 W. Taylor St.
Italian Beef Sandwich; Italian Sausage Sandwich; Italian Turkey Meatballs; Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
TP: Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Italian Sausage Sandwich

Tutto Italiano
501 S. Wells St.
Fried Ravioli with Marinara; Steak Burger with Blue Cheese; Grilled Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich; Lemon-Lime Ice
TP: Italian Fries; Seasoned Fries

Vee Vee’s African Cuisine
6232 N. Broadway St.
Fried Plantain with Sauteed Goat Meat; Red Beans and Rice with Grilled Jerk Chicken; Jollof Rice with Sauteed Goat Meat; Red Beans & Rice with Fried Plantain
TP: Red Beans and Rice with Jerk Chicken; Jollof Rice with Sauteed Goat Meat

10 W. Hubbard St.
Chimichurri Popcorn Shrimp; Grilled Chicken Kabab with Tomatillo Potatoes and Charred Onions; Pulled Beef, Crisped Onion, Mint Mayo Sandwich; Ginger Dusted Crisp Apple Fritter with Mango Cardamom Sauce
TP: Mango Dusted Fries with Tamarind Chutney; Grilled Chicken Kabab with Tomatillo Potatoes and Charred Onions

Vienna Beef/Gold Coast Dog (Chicagoland Locations)
Hot Dog (Chicago Style or Plain); Fire Dog; Polish Sausage with Grilled Onions and Mustard; French Fries
TP: Mini Corn Dogs; Pickle on a Stick


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