Special Sub-Topic: Taste of Chicago
|Which of the following toppings would NOT be found on a classic Chicago hot dog?|
Ketchup. It's not uncommon to find signs forbidding the use of ketchup in the hot dog stands that dot every neighborhood! A traditional Chicago "dog with the works" is topped by mustard, onion, relish, tomato, sport peppers, pickle and a dash of celery salt.
|The original deep-dish pizza was created at what Chicago restaurant in 1943?|
Pizzeria Uno. Chicago deep-dish pizza is always made with fresh ingredients, lots of cheese and topped with a coarse tomato sauce. It was invented at Pizzeria Uno's - still operating in its original location. Pizzeria Due's was opened nearby to accommodate the crowds that overflow to this day.
|Chicagoans love sloppy sandwiches. What best describes an "Italian Beef"?|
Thin-sliced roast beef, dipped in gravy. Chicago natives frequently debate who serves the best Italian beef. It's a hearty sandwich of thin-sliced roast beef, dipped in an au jus gravy and served on a thick roll. Traditional toppings include hot peppers gardiniera and/or sauteed "sweet" green peppers.
|What sliced lamb sandwich - Chicago style - is topped with tzatziki sauce?|
Gyros. A Chicago gyros is made of sliced lamb, served in a pita, and often topped with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki (yogurt) sauce. It was introduced to Chicago in 1968 and has been a favorite ever since.
|What tavern is famous for both its "cheezborgers" and for its curse on the Chicago Cubs?|
The Billy Goat Tavern. Since 1934, The Billy Goat Tavern has been serving up "Cheezborgers." The menu was satirized on the popular television show, "Saturday Night Live." When the tavern's owner was prevented from bringing a billy goat into Wrigley Field during game four of the World Series in 1945, the Cubs subsequently lost and the legend of the billy goat curse was born.
|The world's largest food festival is held yearly in Chicago, coinciding with what holiday?|
July 4th. Millions of hungry folks descend upon Grant Park during a ten day period surrounding July 4th. Food vendors serve up samplings of everything from Chicago favorites such as pizza and hot dogs to a dizzying array of ethnic treats which represent Chicago's diverse immigrant population.
|Chicken Vesuvio is found on most Italian restaurant's menus and the recipe is said to have been a Chicago creation. What best describes this dish?|
Chicken served with potato wedges sauteed in garlic, oregano and olive oil. This delicious dish features "Vesuvio" potatoes, dripping in olive oil and garlic. It's thought to have originated at the Vesuvio Restaurant, a popular Chicago eatery in the 1930's.
|What famous road is home to Chicago's famous polish sausage?|
Maxwell Street. The Chicago Maxwell Street Polish is an all-beef Polish sausage, grilled and then topped with mustard and grilled onions. It originated in 1939 at a Maxwell Street hot dog stand and is now a mainstay of Chicago food favorites.
|When a Chicagoan wants to purchase a carbonated beverage, what term do they use to describe it?|
Pop. Chicagoans ask their grocers what supermarket aisle has the "Pop." The term is used to describe all carbonated beverages. If you ask for "soda" in a restaurant, you'll be served a fountain creation with ice cream.
|What fast-food giant has their corporate headquarters in a Chicago suburb?|
McDonald's. Oakbrook, Illinois is home to McDonald's corporate headquarters. Founder Ray Kroc opened his first franchise in 1955 in another Chicago suburb, Des Plaines.
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