100 foods to eat before you die ... and where to find them in Chicago: Abalone to Biscuits and Gravy

100 foods to eat before you die ... and where to find them in Chicago: Abalone to Biscuits and Gravy

Once upon a time, somebody created "The Food List Challenge," a selection of 100 foods and drinks that the author believed everyone should try before they die.

I looked through the list recently and discovered there were many I had not tried – and some that I didn't even know where I could try them at. So, I decided to find out:

1. Abalone: I didn't even know what these were. Turns out they are sea snails. You can find abalone at Silver Seafood, 4829 North Broadway Ave. It is very expensive, so I hope they are worth it.

2. Absinthe: The famous drink that was showcased in "Moulin Rouge." It was banned for a long time in the United States, but became effectively legal in 2007 as long as it doesn't have too much of a supposedly hallucinogenic element, nor can it be called absinthe. I don't get it either. In any case, if you're looking for absinthe, according to multiple websites you can find it at The Violet Hour, 1520 North Damen Ave.

3. Alligator: No, don't go to the zoo. Head to Westmont instead. Specifically, Oak Brook Mall, where you can get crispy fried alligator at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 921 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont.

4. Baba Ghanoush: An eggplant dish popular in the western part of the Middle East, it's served at a number of Chicago restaurants. The Reader has some places listed where you can find it.

5. Bagel and Lox: I'm going to recommend The Bagel, 3107 North Broadway St., because I pass it almost every day.

6. Baklava: A Mediterranean treat that is fairly easy to find. Huffington Post in November listed what it thought were the best places to get baklava in Chicago.

7. Barbecue Ribs: Do I really need to tell you where to find barbecue ribs? I'll let Yelp do it instead.

8. Bellini: A famous Italian cocktail that's fairly easy to find. When I typed in Best Bellini Cocktail in Chicago in my Google search bar, though, Scoozi!, 410 W Huron St., popped up. I'd try there first.

9. Bird's Nest Soup: A Chinese delicacy that actually is made out of a bird's nest. Again, Silver Seafood, 4829 North Broadway Ave., was mentioned as a good place to get this. Who am I to argue with the Internet?

10. Biscuits and Gravy: Really. This made the list? Oh, well. This time we're going to let the chicagoist lead the way with its suggestions.

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• Joe Grace is a writer and longtime journalist who lives in Chicago. Write to him at joewriter81@gmail.com. He has tried baklava and barbecue ribs. He's not sure how he has never tried biscuits and gravy. If you haven't yet, please like Going for Gusto on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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