Hungry? Feast Your Eyes on These 2018 Taste of Chicago Menu Items

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Taste of Chicago returned this year with local cuisine spanning many different styles and cultures. From festival first-timers to old favorites, check out some of the most popular bites this year.
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Beat Kitchen has something for everyone, with foods ranging from bacon mac n' cheese to empanadas to vegan burgers. It's regularly found in the city at 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
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Buona says its Italian beef sandwich is as photogenic as it is tasty, so it's holding a festival contest: Post a picture of your Buona sandwich to social media with #Buona in the caption for the chance to win free beef for a year. The restaurant has 23 Chicago-area locations.
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What's a taste of Chicago without a Chicago-style hot dog? Gold Coast Hot Dogs does its dog the classic way: mild yellow mustard, chopped onion, two tomato wedges, two sport peppers, kosher dill pickle spears, Chicago-Style relish, and a dash of celery salt. Gold Coast Hot Dogs have a handful of locations to visit in the area.
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Chicago's famous deep dish also makes for a true taste of the city, made fresh at the festival by Lou Malnati's Pizza. Lou Malnati's locations in Chicago include two spots on State Street: 1120 N.State St. and 805 S. State St.
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Día de los Tamales is a festival newcomer and regularly makes Latin-American foods like arepas, which you can top with cheese, avocado and spicy mango sauce. Try more at one of two locations: 939 W. 18th St. or 108 N. State St.
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Star of Siam is a festival regular with Thai food like spicy Pad Thai Noodles with chili sauce, egg, and onions, plus yummy pot-stickers. Star of Siam is open every day at 5655, #1, 11 E. Illinois St.
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A Chicago favorite, the double cheeseburger from Billy Goat Tavern and Grill, does not disappoint. You can choose to hold the large, crispy pickles or not! Billy Goat Tavern has several locations throughout the city, including hot spots like Navy Pier.
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Ever had homemade potato chips? Try some from BJ's Market & Bakery during Taste of Chicago and add ketchup, hot sauce or honey mustard to the mix. The Market has three locations in Chicago, at 8734 S. Stony Island Ave., 1156 W. 79th St. and at O'Hare International Airport.
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Garifuna Flava adds a Caribbean touch with their dishes, like the combination of spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken, plantain fried rice and beans. Garifuna Flava is located at 2518 W. 63rd St. and they deliver/cater.
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Iyanzé also brings Caribbean favorites to the table with their take on Jerk Chicken, a choice of coconut rice or red rice, sauteed goat, plantains, and Puff-Puff Nigerian donuts for dessert. Iyanzé is located at 4623 N. Broadway.
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Plenty of grills were fired up to add to the Taste of Chicago.
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For the pros at Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, the Taste is tradition. Their hot links, rib tips, BBQ ribs and boneless rib sandwich have been part of the food festival since 1984. Robinson's No. 1 Ribs is located at 848 Madison in Oak Park.
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Grill City also joined in on the grilling with their pork and chicken barbecue options. They are regularly located at 5033 N. Elston Ave.
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Still hungry after dinner? There's plenty of desserts to choose from at Taste of Chicago.
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The Original Rainbow Cone returned to the food fest after a three-year hiatus. The recipe of orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House (New York Vanilla with cherries and walnuts), strawberry, and chocolate ice cream is stacked up as per usual! You can catch the summer favorite at 9233 S. Western Ave.
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Xurro is well-known for its freshly made churros and this summer concoction, a double scoop falafel sundae. They can be found at one of three locations in Chicago, including at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.
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Tourist Mael Morice said he stopped at Taste of Chicago on a trip from Cincinnati. He enjoys a taste of Eli's Cheesecake here. The Eli's Cheesecake cake shop and cafe is located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago.
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