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Taste of Chicago Lineup Mixes New Offerings in With Leftovers

By Ted Cox | May 31, 2013 10:46am
 Tony Hu's Lao Ma La Chinese will be one of the new restaurants at Taste of Chicago.
Tony Hu's Lao Ma La Chinese will be one of the new restaurants at Taste of Chicago.
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CHICAGO — Taste of Chicago is mixing in some new dishes with the traditional offerings at this year's festival.

The 35 restaurants selected by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Restaurant Association to take part in the five-day food festival in July include new ethnic offerings in the form of healthy Indian food, crepes from the French Market and one from chef Tony Hu's stable of Chinese restaurants, as well as the West Loop southern staple Wishbone.

They'll join durable Chicago favorites such as Bacino's, Connie's and Lou Malnati's pizza, the Billy Goat, Bobak Sausage, Gold Coast Dogs, Ricobene's and Robinson's No. 1 Ribs.

The new restaurants joining the Taste are Bombay Spice Grill & Wine, the French Market favorite Flip Crepes, Hu's Lao Ma La Chinese and Wishbone Restaurant.

"Taste of Chicago is a great long-standing tradition of summer in the city," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "As our culinary reputation has grown on the national stage, this event continues to reflect the vibrant and diverse restaurant community of Chicago with old favorites and new, exciting worldwide cuisines.

"Taste-goers are guaranteed an endless variety of dining options to suit every palate, and I am excited to announce the offerings for this summer."

The full lineup:

Abbey Pub & Restaurant, 3420 W. Grace St.

Bacino’s of Lincoln Park, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave.

Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.

Billy Goat Inn, 1535 W. Madison St.

BJ’s Market & Bakery, 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.

Bobak Sausage Co., 5725 S. Archer Ave.

Bombay Spice Grill & Wine, 450 N. Clark St.

Caffe Gelato, 2034 W. Division St.

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

Churro Factory, 3755 W. Armitage St.

Connie’s Pizza, 2371 S. Archer Ave.

Cubby Bear Lounge, 1059 W. Addison St.


Eli’s Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive

Flip Crepes, 131 N. Clinton. St., Suite 12

Franco’s Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.

The Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells St.

Gold Coast Dogs, 225 S. Canal St.

Iyanze, 4623 N. Broadway St.

Kasia’s Deli, 2101 W. Chicago Ave.

Lao Ma La Chinese Restaurant, 2017 S. Wells St.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 805 S. State St.

The Noodle Vietnamese, 2336 S. Wentworth Ave.

Oak Street Beach Café, 5700 S. Cicero Ave.

O’Briens Restaurant, 1528 N. Wells St.

Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.

Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana, 23 E. Jackson St.

Ricobene’s on 26th St., 252 W. 26th St.

Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, 201 N. Clark St.

The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St.

Star of Siam, 11 E. Illinois St.

Tuscany, 1014 W. Taylor St.

Tutto Italiano, 501 S. Wells St.

Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant, 6232 N. Broadway St.

Wishbone Restaurant, 1001 W. Washington Blvd.

The 33rd annual Taste of Chicago is July 10-14 in Grant Park. For more information on the festival, call 312-744-3316 or visit tasteofchicago.us.