The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago is history winding down on Sunday, July 10 with an estimated 1.4 million people attending--on par with the numbers for 2015 and higher than the 1.1 million attendees for 2014.
Chicago delivered beautiful weather for the fest that featured more than 200 menu items from 67 food restaurants and food trucks at Grant Park.
So what were we eating?
There was also a run on tamales. Dia De Los Tamales claims that “The amount of tamales they sold measured up to 2x the height of the Eiffel Tower.”
Their numbers: Cuban Pork Tamales, 8,000 tamales; Farmer's Fridge Chili Lime Watermelon slices, 16,000 and 8,000 portions of Avocado Toast.
BJ's Market & Bakery sold 28,000 servings of their tangy Mustard-Fried Catfish.
Turkey legs that were sorely missed at the 2014 Taste returned in 2015 and were big again in 2016 with Miller's Pub counting 30,000 Roasted Turkey Legs going to Tasters.
Always a crowd favorite, O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar reported 26,208 ears of Corn on the Cob sold.
Of course all the usual Chicago suspects turned in big numbers with Gold Coast Dogs cooking up 18,400 Chicago Style Hot Dogs along with 19,000 servings of fries; Frannie's Café turning out 10,500 Italian Beef Sandwiches and Connie's Pizza selling 14,600 Cheese & Sausage Pizza Slices.
A Taste vendor since the beginning, Eli's Cheesecake is a must have for many. This year that number turned out to be 20,412 slices.
The food trucks brought in more traffic with Da Lobsta Truck selling 5,500 portions of their Lobster Mac & Cheese and Jack's Fork in the Road Truck serving 2000 of their Chicken Biscuits w/gravy.
Taste-goers prefer pork 2 to 1 over chicken--at least when it comes to their sliders. Porkchop reported that they sold over 10,000 Pulled Pork Sliders and only 5,000+ chicken sliders.
Another big number came in for Pot Stickers with Star of Siam selling 60,000 pieces along with, would you believe, 5,000 lbs of Pad Thai Noodles.
Tuscany's Toasted Ravioli was another big hit with Taste-goers consuming 10,000 ravioli.
Churro Factory sold 17,500 churros and 10,000 funnel cakes. Paletas (Watermelon, Mango, Lemon-Lime, Strawberry) were big sellers for La Mexicana with 80,000 sold.
The Fudge Pot managed 900 lbs of fudge along with 1000 lbs. of Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
How sweet is was.
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