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Where to eat in Chicago: A guide for visiting Bruins fans

Posted by Rachel Raczka  June 21, 2013 01:33 PM

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By Michell Eloy, Chicago Tribune
Originally published: 06/13/2013

The National Hockey League Stanley Cup Finals kicked off last night in Chicago, pitting the Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven battle on the ice. And this series looks to be a nail-biter, given the three-overtime opening game Wednesday night. Naturally, Bruins and Blackhawk fans alike will need to stay nourished as the series moves forward, so for visiting Bostonians, we in Chicago have compiled a list of places to eat while visiting our fair city:

CT--doughnut-vault.jpgPequod's -- Most first-time visitors (or second-time, or third-time) to Chicago have one thing on their culinary to-do lists upon arriving -- deep dish pizza. While places like Uno's and Giordano's have popularized the pies outside of Chicago, Pequod’s in Lincoln Park, with its "caramelized crust" and charred-cheese pies, is a more local option that captures the quintessential Chicago deep dish pizza. (2207 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-327-1512)

Frontera Grill -- James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Bayless' casual Mexican restaurant hasn't lost any of its popularity in its more than 25 years of existence. As one of the restaurants that helped make Chicago a culinary destination, Frontera Grill should be a must on any visitor's list of places to eat. But if you're pressed for time and can't do the hour-plus wait, some of the local taquerias, like Arturos (2001 N. Western Ave.) in Bucktown and El Taco Veloz (1745 W. Chicago Ave.) in Ukranian Village, will satisfy any taco cravings. (445 N. Clark St., 312-661-1434)

Goose Island Brewpub -- Chicago has become a destination for craft beer lovers. And as the local brewery that arguably started it all, Goose Island Brewpub in Lincoln Park is an ideal spot to sample local drafts while taking in the game or calming those overtime nerves. (1800 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-915-0071)

Superdawg Drive-in -- What list of Chicago places would be complete without suggestions for where to get a Chicago-style hotdog? Superdawg's pure beef dog is served on a traditional poppy seed bun with all the typical fixings: yellow mustard, relish, onions, a dill pickle and a hot pepper. A word to the wise: Don’t ask for ketchup. Especially if you're wearing a Bruins jersey. (6363 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-763-0660)

Davanti Enoteca -- The small-plate trend has exploded in Chicago over the last few years. For those looking to sample some of the area's best offerings, Davanti Enoteca, run by Chicago restaurateur and chef Scott Harris, has an excellent wine selection and an array of inventive Italian plates -- think pastas, cheeses, oven pizzas and cured meats -- that have elevated it among other restaurants in the same vein. (1359 W. Taylor St., 312-226-5550)

Doughnut Vault -- No longer the dining choice of police departments, doughnuts are making a bid to take over cupcakes as the trendy "gourmet" food item in Chicago. Doughnut Vault (pictured) serves some unique spins on the fried confectionary, like pistachio and strawberry shortcake, along with the more traditional cake and vanilla doughnuts. We recommend getting there early, as the shop closes as soon as the doughnuts sell out. And they sell out quick. (400 N. Franklin St.)

Text and photo courtesy of our friends at the Chicago Tribune. Doughnut Vault photo by José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune.

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