Taste of Chicago 2008

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Updated: June 05, 2005

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Citysearch's Top 5 Favorite Booths

For the quintessential Taste experience, don't miss our editors' top five picks.

The Original Rainbow Cone

9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

Layers of orange sherbet and four different ice creams stacked atop a cone make this South-Side spot a Taste sensation.

Home Run Inn

4254 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623

South Side favorite delivers hand-tossed sausage pizza and refreshing frozen grapes.

J R Dessert Bakery

2841 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60645

Sorry, Eli. JR outdoes you in the cheesecake department. (Yes, we said it.) Try a downsized taste of the plain version if you're counting calories or go full out with a frozen chocolate-dipped cheesecake bar.

Ethnic Side Trips

Vee-Vee's African Restaurant

6232 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

Don't knock it 'till you've tried it: Goat paired with fried plaintains is the main attraction at this super friendly booth.

Kasia's Deli

2101 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The lucky Chicagoans reared in a Polish household grew up on pierogis. The rest of us look forward to the plump pockets of perfection at Taste. Here, versions come in potato, sauerkraut and beef.

Star of Siam

11 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

If the thought of giant turkey legs and deep-fried dough makes you cringe, head over to this booth for a mini carton of Pad Thai. For an extra kick of spice, hit it with a squirt of sweet chili sauce.


614 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The Taiwan "shining" noodles are simply fried with carrot slivers, most closely resembling Filipino pancit. The strands could use a little more seasoning but make for a good palette cleanser in between trips to other booths.