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15 Unique Foods From Illinois You Need To Try Once
Chicago Popcorn
This treat combines cheddar and caramel popcorn for a mix of sweet, salty goodness, as well as some clashing textures of soft and crunchy.
Plus, the longer the two flavors hang together in a tin or bucket, the more cheddar rubs off onto the caramel pieces to create an amalgamation of the two.
Deep Dish Pizza
Chicago's famed deep dish pizza straddles the line between pie and pizza. With its layered ingredients and depth, this pizza has some genuine girth.
Formed in deep dish pans, the dough goes in first, followed by layers of cheese, meat, and other toppings. A deep slathering of red sauce tops it all off.
Chicago Hot Dog
This iconic Illinois food is loaded with ingredients, starting with a Vienna Beef hot dog that's steamed to get warm that goes atop a poppy seed bun.
The Chicago-style toppings include yellow mustard, chopped onions, bright green relish, tomato wedges, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a generous dusting of celery salt.
Horseshoe Sandwich
This iconic and crave-worthy meal is an open-faced sandwich featuring a huge number of ingredients piled high for an all-in-one, perfect bite.
The original recipe included ham, potato wedges, and cheese. It has evolved to include ingredients like hashbrowns and eggs.
Italian Beef Sandwich
This sandwich includes an Italian roll topped with thinly sliced Italian beef piled high (and giardiniera if you want). The magic begins once it's assembled.
You can get au jus poured over the top of the sandwich or on the side for dipping. Dip the whole sandwich into the au jus just before serving.