As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago boasts a wide array of ethnic neighborhoods that feature food from all over the world. The Windy City puts its own stamp on these global favorites, and is also known for some tasty specialties of its own. Although it has many fine restaurants with world-renowned chefs, this city has a reputation as a casual culinary destination. It’s more “comfort food” than “haute cuisine”. Here are ten things to eat when in Chicago.
1. Deep-Dish Pizza
New York may be known for its ultra-thin pizza crusts, but Chicago is the undisputed home of the deep dish pie. Baked in special pans that are at least 1.5 inches deep, these baby’s hold lots of fixings and a ton of cheese. To prevent burning, often the cheese is an under-layer rather than a topping. If you are visiting downtown Chicago, you’ll want to sample some of the city’s best deep dish pizzas at restaurants like Giordano’s or Gino’s East, two legendary pizza makers that locals love.