Check out these Navy Pier Restaurants and iconic Chicago foods when you visit:
America’s Dog & Burger – Chicago Style Hot Dog
We like to grab hot dogs from America’s Dog and Burger, which is a Chicago area hot dog spot that now has four locations around the city. The story behind America’s Dog and Burger is very cool, and really is a dream come true. In 1993, a pair of brothers, Manolis and George Alpogianis, did what everybody longs to do (but few actually get around to doing), right after college and culinary school, they took a cross-country road trip. They packed their Jeep and hit the road.
On this road trip the brothers discovered, at their many stops to grab a bite, that everywhere in America had a slightly different way of making their hot dogs. This is where an idea started to form. They wanted to showcase the great american road trip, by featuring these unique hot dog recipes in one location. Their dream of bringing the unique city styles to the finger tips of Chicagoans came to fruition here at this Restaurant at Navy Pier.
While you might be tempted to try one of the other city dogs, like the one from New York or Cincinnati, if you’re visiting Chicago you have to try our hot dog. We are local food experts after all, so let’s give you a quick lesson on the Chicago dog.
- *Yellow Mustard
- *Green Relish
- *Chopped Onions
- *Tomato Wedges
- *Kosher-Style Pickle Spear
- *Sport Peppers
- *Celery Salt
Giordano’s – Chicago Style Deep Dish
Giordano’s is the only famous Chicago Pizza place you can go to eat at Navy Pier. The Deep Dish Pizza is one of Chicago’s most famous dishes and if you’re a cheese love, you will be in good company in the Midwest and once you taste it, you will immediately understand why it’s popular. With Deep Dish pizza they’re stretching the dough into a pan that has a vertical height of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches and creating a “shelf” for all our our toppings (specifically cheese) to sit in. And at Giordano’s, they’re famous for cheese pulls – where the server pulls the first slice as far as it can stretch without breaking off – they’ve gotten pulls up to 4 feet long. Insert the oo’s and ah’s here. If that’s not enough to convince you of their expertise, Giordano’s is also the official pizza of the World Series winning Chicago Cubs. Yes, we’ve finally won the big title, so we must boast it wherever possible. Sorry, not sorry.
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Garrett Popcorn Shops
The Garrett Mix aka Chicago Style Popcorn (Caramel + Cheddar)
Alright, kids, circle ’round for story time. The Garrett family was a competitive bunch, and they used to have family contests to see who could make the best batch of caramel corn. Through the experimentation of a family rivalry they figured out how to make darn good popcorn. Family members took turns stirring the kettle, mixing the ingredients, and of course taste-testing the results. They opened their first location at 10 West Madison Street, near the bustling State Street corridor, back in 1949.
Why do Chicago visitors love Garrett’s? Well, they use high quality ingredients from local sources. They hot air pop their kernels, instead of using oil, and then they mix them into their secret family recipe of flavors. Every batch of Garrett popcorn is handmade throughout the day. They use over 1 million pounds of cheese per year, and over 20,000 bags of brown sugar. Also, at Garrett their very secretive about their recipes, but we can say that there are a total of seven ingredients in their caramel crisp popcorn, and one of those is water. Unfortunately, we have to leave you detectives to figure out the rest. (Unlike, the Chicago style hot dog, we don’t know the answer to this one!)
Other Restaurants to Visit at Navy Pier:
Brown Sugar Bakery
Billy Goat Tavern
DMK Burger Bar
Riva Crab House at Navy Pier
The pride and joy of the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant Group is the beautiful Riva Crab House on Navy Pier. The large open space, broad windows of the two story space are designed to create a beautiful open setting for your dining experience.
If we missed your favorite Navy Pier Restaurant, let us know in the comments!