Taste Of Chicago Announces Five-Day Restaurants

The 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago has many new features this year, but festival attendees who enjoy longtime vendors will be pleased at the lineup of five-day restaurants announced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Eli’s Cheesecake, a Taste vendor since the first event on July 4, 1980, will join other longtime Taste restaurants, including Bacino’s Pizza, Billy Goat Inn, Harold’s Chicken, Lou Malnati’s Pizzaria and Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs at the free summer festival, July 11-15 in Grant Park.

Pazzo’s, which will be serving a Chicken Vesuvio Sandwich, Chopped Salad and Tiramisu, is the only restaurant making its debut as a five day restaurant this year, in addition to the previously announced 15 Pop-Ups restaurants that are new to Taste; three will be on site each day.

“While we love bringing in many new things to Taste of Chicago, we know it’s a great tradition of summer, as families return to enjoy their favorite foods,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone.  “There are enough menu items to offer something delicious for everyone.”

Four of this year’s returning restaurants joined the festival last year and six joined the lineup in 2010.

Menu items will include such varieties as Tortilla Encrusted Tiliapia Taco from Carbon; Jolloff Rice with Sauteed Goat from Vee-Vee’s African Cuisine; Deep Fried Chinese Bread from Lao Sze Chuan; Pork-filled Banana Dumpling from Sabor Latino and Mustard Fried Catfish from B.J.’s Market & Bakery.

The 2012 Taste of Chicago Five-Day Restaurants are:

Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace

2204 N. Lincoln Avenue

Billy Goat Inn
1535 W. Madison

BJ’s Market & Bakery
8734 S. Stony Island

5275 S. Archer Ave.

Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
300 W. 26th St.

Churro Factory
2214 S. Wolcott Ave.

2372 S. Archer

Cubby Bear
1059 W. Addison


6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive

Franco’s Ristorante
300 W. 31st St.

Gold Coast Dogs
225 S. Canal

Harold’s Chicken
2109 S. Wabash

4623 N. Broadway

2101 W. Chicago

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S. Archer

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
805 S. State Street

Oak Street Beach Café
5700 S. Cicero

O’Brien’s Restaurant
1528 N. Wells

Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western

311 S. Wacker

Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A.
3322 S. Morgan

Reggio’s Pizza Express III
1339 S. Halsted

252 W. 26th Street

Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs
225 S. Canal St

Sabor Latino
3810 W. North Ave.

Star of Siam
11 E. Illinois

Texas de Brazil
51 E. Ohio

The Fudge Pot
1532 N. Wells

The Noodle Vietnamese Restaurant
2336 S. Wentworth

The Smoke Daddy
1804 W. Division

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks

1014 W. Taylor St.

Tutto Italiano
501 S. Wells Street

Vee Vees
6232 N. Broadway

The 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day.  For more information on the free admission festival, call 312.744.3316; TTY: 312.744.2964 or visit www.tasteofchicago.us.  Join the Taste conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on twitter, @TasteofChi2012.

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