Taste of Chicago

The family was in Chicago last weekend and, among other things, we visited the Taste of Chicago. This was my second visit and, having gone on a Monday this time, it was much tamer on this visit. But it was also smaller – I don’t think all the booths were set up yet.

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Entrance to the Taste is “free”. By “free”, they mean that you can walk around without paying. If you want to eat, then you buy 12 tickets, worth .50 per ticket, for $8. So you buy $6 worth of food for $8. For those of you whose math skills aren’t great, that is not a good deal. Just be aware that eating is not cheap. On the plus side, we did get to hear  polka music for no additional charge.

I paid my $2.50 for a bottle of Mt. Dew in order to survive – caffeine is one of the requirements for life – and dove into the fray. We had some mac & cheese from Manny’s, a dish that my daughter usually likes, but not this time.  I couldn’t blame her – it wasn’t that great. The potato pierogies from Kasia’s were very good, better with a dab of sour cream.  And the chorizo sausage and empanada were excellent, though the yuca fries were not.

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago food stand

And I was disappointed that we missed the mashed potato cupcakes. Had I see them, I definitely would have tried one. Maybe next time. It’s like a deep fried Twinkie – you just have to try one once.


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