Lollapalooza takes festival-goers on a culinary tour of Chicago

Sidney Laput

On Sunday, Lollapalooza festival-goers line up at the food station with plenty of local Chicago dishes. More than 40 Chicago restaurants were featured at the festival, including The Billy Goat Tavern, Cheesie’s Pub & Grub and many more.

Even though Taste of Chicago – Chicago’s iconic food festival showcasing some of the best food from across the city – has already taken place this summer, that doesn’t mean Lollapalooza couldn’t do its part in promoting some of the Windy City culinary institutions. .

From Oak Park, Chicago, The Original Rainbow Cone sliced ​​festival-goers the iconic multicolored ice cream cone, a tower of orange sorbet, pistachio, palmer house, strawberry and chocolate ice cream that tipped and melted in the midday sun.

Lincoln Square’s Budlong Hot Chicken served Nashville-style hot fried chicken that stained wrappers and fingers red. Tacotlan, a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood, gave people a taste of the growing birria craze, serving meaty, crackling tacos alongside small cups of broth consommé for dipping.

More than 40 Chicago restaurants — including those listed above, including older eateries like The Billy Goat Tavern — took festival-goers around town on a half-mile drive to Grant Park, the center of Lollapalooza. The official food vendor avenue, called “Eat Local Chow Town”, was crowded for most of the festival.

Samantha Barrios and Danielle Marie Pizarro, two employees who worked at the Billy Goat Tavern booth on Sunday, described foot traffic at the booth during the festival.

“Thursday and Friday weren’t really crowded, but yesterday (Saturday) was really crowded,” Pizarro said. “There was a wall full of customers and we were running out of burgers. There was a line for we to bring our burgers to our customers – it was crazy.

The Billy Goat Tavern, which started in Chicago in 1934, is known citywide and even nationally for its “cheezeborgers,” immortalized in an iconic Chicago Saturday Night Live skit. The tavern is also known for its connection to the supposed “curse of the goat,” which is said to have crippled the Chicago Cubs baseball team until their 2016 World Series victory. large black dishes, which were present at the tavern’s Lollapalooza stand. Wrapped in parchment paper and lined, the burgers go well with a coke – not pepsi – as said by the famous Saturday Night Live sketch.

Although the price of food is expensive, Gillian Dein and Jamie Moyer of Detroit said the prices were somewhat predictable. As they talked, the two ate baja tacos and cheese fries from Fatso’s Last Stand in the Ukrainian village at a picnic table.

“I think the prices are expensive, but those are concert prices,” Dein said. Moyer added that the food was definitely “a little cheaper than the last festival I went to.”

“I hit it hard,” Dein said when asked how the tacos tasted, adding that Lollapalooza’s variety of food options was vast..

“There are a lot of pizzas, but overall the variety is pretty good,” Dein said. One of the available options at Eat Local Chow Town was Chicago classic Lou Malnati.

Billy Goat employee Pizarro said one of the best things about working for the place was “working with different kinds of people, and then you get to meet other kinds of (restaurants) as well and try their food. and their trade.

Pizarro counted Chinese restaurant Wow Bao as one of his favorites, saying, “Wow Bao is so good. I tried them, and their dumpling they are delicious.

“Now I know where to go if I want Asian food,” she added.

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