Taste of Chicago 2012: Finalizes Restaurant Line-up for 32nd Annual Taste.

Taste of Chicago 2012: Finalizes Restaurant Line-up for 32nd Annual Taste.
The Original Rainbow Cone, a Chicago favorite for generations returns to the 2012 Taste of Chicago.

Chicago, Thursday, May 31, 2012. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced the lineup of five-day restaurants that will be at the 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago this July 11 through July 15.

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 in Grant Park.

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

Menu Favorites.
Highlights of the Taste Menu include:  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.

Drum Roll, Please!  Here is the  list of the 2012 Taste of Chicago Five-Day Restaurants.

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.

Manny’s Coffee Shop.
1141 S. Jefferson.

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 Taste of Chicago.

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