One of the great things about spending your vacation in Chicago is the food. Chicago is a food lover’s dream come true. It seems like a person could spend a lifetime, eating out every night of the week, and still not exhaust all of their dining options.
Since there are so many food choices in the city, there is no reason for person to eat at the same places they dine at while they are at home. They need to make the decision to try something new. These are the kinds of things, the things that are different from regular life, which make vacations to cities like Chicago so memorable.
The thing that is so great about Chicago is that there is something for everybody. A person never knows when they are going to come around a corner and find themselves staring at a little greasy spoon restaurant that has been a family business for years. Right across the street from the little restaurant with the chipped floor and wobbly tables, there could be a restaurant that require black tie attire and will only seat people who have made a reservation. In addition to different types of restaurants, Chicago also has every ethnicity of food a person can think of.
There are two types of food that everyone has to try when they visit Chicago. The first is the hot dogs. The second is the pizza.
Chicago hot dogs are the perfect lunch when someone is walking from one tourist attraction to the next. The hot dog is huge and served on a poppy seed bun. Although you can create additional toppings and ask for some not to be added, the authentic Chicago hot dog is supposed to be topped with mustard, relish, onions, sliced tomato, and a strip of dill pickle. For some reason the hot dog always seems to taste best when it is wrapped in a piece of aluminum foil.
Chicago pizza is like no other pizza in the world. It is the gold standard of the pizzas. Some people feel that New York’s pizza is just as good, and even argue that it is better, but nobody’s mind jumps straight to pizza when someone mentions New York City like it does when someone talks about Chicago. The deep dish pizza which is piled high with toppings has been around since the tail end of the Second World War. This was about as far from the traditional Italian pizza as a person could get and still be called pizza. Italian pizzas have a thin crust as well as vegetables that are carefully sliced so they are wafer thin. The Chicago pizza is a hearty pizza, each bite requiring a great deal of chewing. The Chicago pizza defiantly has a blue collar look which is appropriate when you consider the fact that the entire city has a strong work ethic as well as blue collar ties.
While the true Chicago pizza is a deep dish, Chicago’s pizzerias have made concessions to their patron’s individual tastes and preferences. It is no possible to order a Chicago pizza that is a stuffed crust, a pan pizza, or with a thin crust.