back to top
Food

19 Food Truths Only Chicagoans Will Understand

If only the tamale guy could be your boyfriend.

Posted on

1. You know that hot dogs come on a poppy-seed bun with a pickle spear, sport peppers, onions, and relish.

NO KETCHUP.
portilloshotdogs / Via instagram.com

NO KETCHUP.

2. This is not a pizza. This is a cardboard slice with cheese.

dubstar_aka_john / instagram.com

THIS is a fucking PIZZA.

llltrapp / instagram.com

3. Of course, the only other acceptable way to eat pizza is in puff form.

You're welcome, world.
misterhee123 / Via instagram.com

You're welcome, world.

4. You don't get to have incredible food like this...

... without some kindhearted verbal abuse from this lady.

Survive long enough to eat and you can join the true Wiener's Circle.
____marie_ / Via instagram.com

Survive long enough to eat and you can join the true Wiener's Circle.

5. You're not a true Chicagoan if you haven't choked back a shot of this.

Malört exists solely to help us weed out the weak.
bryanthisway / Via instagram.com

Malört exists solely to help us weed out the weak.

6. When bar kitchens close, the tamale guy is your one true savior.

His little red cooler is full of miracles...and tamales.
_crashley / Via instagram.com

His little red cooler is full of miracles...and tamales.

7. This is, and always will be the "Chicago Mix."

We love you, Garrett, but CHANGE IT BACK.
twoblondesandaburrito / Via instagram.com

We love you, Garrett, but CHANGE IT BACK.

8. "Italian Beef" isn't some weird euphemism for a hot guy from Rome.

And it's wayyyy more delicious.
alsbeef / Via instagram.com

And it's wayyyy more delicious.

9. Bread is soooooo overrated. Fried plantain is the way to go!

The jibarito was supposedly invented right here in Chicago!
kristinamg23 / Via instagram.com

The jibarito was supposedly invented right here in Chicago!

10. You put your gym shoes on to run and get a Jim Shoe.

And then you can't imagine ever running again because you're STUFFED.
cadillac_frank / Via instagram.com

And then you can't imagine ever running again because you're STUFFED.

11. You only like your cheese flaming hot...literally.

Because The Parthenon is the true home of the flaming saginaki!
encourageink / Via instagram.com

Because The Parthenon is the true home of the flaming saginaki!

12. And the most amazing food is only as far as Devon Avenue.

You don't have to get on a plane to find tasty food like at Hema's Kitchen.
adimenayang / Via instagram.com

You don't have to get on a plane to find tasty food like at Hema's Kitchen.

13. Goose Island is so much more than a resting place for birds.

Birds of a feather drink together.
gooseisland / Via instagram.com

Birds of a feather drink together.

14. Cake is fine on a plate, but it BELONGS in a shake!

Bless Portillo's for officiating this holy marriage.
bobothebarber / Via instagram.com

Bless Portillo's for officiating this holy marriage.

15. The only explosion you'll get from a Chicken Vesuvio is one of flavor.

And maybe drool from staring at this picture.
rosebudrestaurants / Via instagram.com

And maybe drool from staring at this picture.

16. Half the fun of eating at Ed Debevic's is trading insults with the sassy AF servers.

Eat and get out.
eatateds / Via instagram.com

Eat and get out.

17. "Pilsen" is basically a synonym for "BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER."

You don't have to cross any borders to get to 18th Street!
polo_mendoza / Via instagram.com

You don't have to cross any borders to get to 18th Street!

18. Polish food is everywhere, but nothing is as cheap or as amazing as Podhalanka.

Serving you pierogis with a side of Polish grandma vibes.
hollywang / Via instagram.com

Serving you pierogis with a side of Polish grandma vibes.

19. And finally, you know that no matter where you are, Chicago will always serve you the best food in the Midwest.

Windy City for life.
chicagofoodauthority / Via instagram.com

Windy City for life.

Top trending videos

Watch more BuzzFeed Video Caret right

Top trending videos

Watch more BuzzFeed Video Caret right
The best things at three price points