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Taste of Chicago Pop-Up Restaurants

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the 15 restaurants that will participate as Pop-Up restaurants at Taste of Chicago.

The new, one day Pop-Up program was designed to provide restaurants with an opportunity to participate in the festival, without the cost and time commitment of staffing a booth for five days. All five days of Taste will feature a new set of restaurants in the Pop-Ups location, on the east side of Columbus, just south of Jackson.

DCASE teamed up with Check, Please! and its Creator and Executive Producer, David Manilow, to seek out neighborhood gems and curate the new area. Check, Please! is seen locally on WTTW, Channel 11.

"Check, Please! is proud to have curated the Pop-Up program," said Manilow. "In this new era of Taste of Chicago, the Pop-Ups will be a fantastic attraction, and a great way for attendees to get to know some restaurants that haven't participated before."

Interesting menu items available to Taste attendees at Pop-Ups include Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich at the Austrian Bakery; Vegetarian Crab Sliders at Karyn's On Green; Mussaman Beef with Rice (Thai) from Arun's; Beet & Endive Salad, Roasted Almonds, Raspberry Vinaigrette at the Inspiration Kitchen and Daeji Kalbi (Korean Pork BBQ) from Jin Ju.

Pop-Up restaurants will change each day and all menu items may be purchased with the same food and beverage tickets as all other booths. Ticket booths throughout the event sell strips of 12 tickets for $8. Beginning July 5 through July 10, strips of tickets may be purchased at participating Dominick's for only $7, limit of four.

 

Wednesday, July 11

Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont

Two Chicken with Mole Empanadas, two Veggie Empanadas, two Chorizo with Frijoles Empanadas

Taste of: One Empanada; Tater Tots

The Beat Kitchen not only has a vast beer list and American cuisinemenu, but it is also a hotspot for underground comedy and up-and-coming local bands. Schedules of upcoming bands can be located on Beat Kitchen's webste.

 

Jin Ju
5203 N. Clark

Bulgogi, Daeji Kalbi, Chap Chae

Taste of: Bulgogi; Chap Chae

Jin Ju is a contemporary Korean restaurant located in the Anersonville neighborhood of Chicago and has been openedsince 2001.

 

Marie's Pizza
4127-4129 W. Lawrence

Ravioli Sampler, Italian Beef Sandwich, Mini Antipasto Salad

Taste of: Ravioli Sampler; Mini Italian Beef Sandwich

Marie's Pizza & Liquors was established in 1940 and has remained family owned and operated. Marie's has live music Thursday through Saturday with no cover charge.

 

Thursday, July 12

Inspiration Kitchen
4715 N. Sheridan

Beet and Endive Salad with Almonds and Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette; Caramelized Citrus Onion Flatbread Topped with Crumbled Goat Cheese; Black Bean Burger, Wheat Bun, Mixed Greens, Sliced Tomato and Mayo

Taste of: Black Bean Burger Slider, Parker House Roll, Sliced Tomato and Mayo; Slow Braised Beef; Fried Plantains, Chile Chutney

Inspiration Kitchens serves contemporary American cuisine prepared and served by students and graduates of the restaurant's food and service training program.

 

Riva
700 E. Grand (Navy Pier)

Lump Crab Cake w/ Radish Slaw, Grilled Shrimp Skewer w/ Piquillo Vinaigrette, Seafood Gumbo

Taste of: Seafood Gumbo; Grilled Shrimp Skewer w/ Piquillo Vinaigrette

Riva is Chicago's only seafood restaurant on the waterfront. Menu items include seafood, prime steaks and an extensive wine selection.

 

Tre Kronor
3258 W. Foster

Arctic Shrimp Stuffed Skagen Baked Potato, Swedish Meatballs, Swedish Pancake with Lingon Berries & Whipped Cream

Taste of: Swedish Meatballs; Rice Pudding

Tre Kronor has been serving Swedish cuisine since 1992. The recipes are inspired by past generations and on travels abroad.

 

Friday, July 13

Café Trinidad
557 E. 75th

Boneless Chicken Roti, Jerk Salmon Roti, Bake and Cod

Taste of: Roti; Palori

Cafe Trinidad is the first restaurant in Chicago that specializes in food from Trinidad and Robago. Trinidadian food is food is unique in that it contains influences from several different countries, and therefore can't just be categorized as "Caribbean" or "Jamaican" cuisine.

 

Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant
2516-18 W. 63rd

Panades, Jerk Chicken w/ Rice & Beans, Plantain & Salad, Jerk Wings w/ Rice & Beans, Ripe Plantain & Salad

Taste of: Panades; Fried Ripe Plantain

Garifuna Flava, on Chicago's southwest side, is named after the Garifuna (pronounced ga-RI-foo-nah) people of Central America. Garifuna Flava brings you the unique blend in Caribbean, Latin & indigenous Garifuna cuisine.

 

LM Restaurant
4539 N. Lincoln

Watermelon Gazpacho, Braised Pork Slider w/ Pickled Vegetables, Chicken Sausage

Taste of: Watermelom Gazpacho; Braised Pork Slider

LM is a French gastro bistro that is owned and operated by husband and wife Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser, named after the couple's children, Luc and Mary.

 

Saturday, July 14

 

Austrian Bakery
2523 N. Clark

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich, Altwiener Applestrudel, Triple Chocolate Cake

Taste of: Altwiener Applestrudel; Schnitzel Sandwich

Since opening the Austrian Bakery in 2004, Austrian Master Baker Michael Mikusch has continued to perfect his craft and share his love of authentic Austrian breads, pastries and cakes with the Chicago community.

 

Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant
2516-18 W. 63rd

Panades, Jerk Chicken w/ Rice & Beans, Plantain & Salad, Jerk Wings w/ Rice & Beans, Ripe Plantain & Salad

Taste of: Panades; Fried Ripe Plantain

Garifuna Flava, on Chicago's southwest side, is named after the Garifuna (pronounced ga-RI-foo-nah) people of Central America. Garifuna Flava brings you the unique blend in Caribbean, Latin & indigenous Garifuna cuisine.

 

The Nile Restaurant
1611 E. 55th

Chicken Shish Taouk Sandwich; Kifta Kabob Sandwich; Falafel Sandwich

Taste of: Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Stuffed Grape Leaves

The Nile Restaurant is an authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. The Restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has a delivery service.

 

Sunday, July 15

Caffe Gelato
2034 W. Division

2 Scoops of Gelato (Bacio, Stracciatella); 2 Scoops of Gelato (Bacio, Guava); 2 Scoops of Gelato (Stracciatella, Limone)

Taste of: 1 Scoop Gelato (Guava); 1 Scoop of Gelato (Limone)

Caffe Gelato is always made fresh daily and in order to keep their gelato authentic and unique, they import all of their spices, chocolates, and nuts directly from Italy.

 

Karyn's On Green
130 S. Green

Vegetarian Chicken Leg w/ Cornbread Stuffing & Collard Greens, Vegetarian BBQ Seitan Slider w/ Fries, Chopped Vegetable Salad w/ Herb Vinaigrette Dressing

Taste of: Fried Vegetable Basket w/ Chipotle Sauce; Vegetarian BBQ Seitan Slider

Karyn's on Green serves vegan food in the midst of Chicago's traditional Greektown neighborhood. The menu is an earth-friendly vegan approach to contemporary dining. The menu features classic American dishes reinterpreted with innovative presentations but without the meat, fish, chicken, or dairy.

 

Chicago Raw

131 N. Clinton St.

Lasagna, Ravoli, Lemon Square

Taste of: Mini Muffin; Mini Lemon Square

Chicago Raw is located in the Chicago French Market section of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in West Loop, this raw food vendor makes everything on-site.

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