As with any metropolis, many Chicagoans come from somewhere else. The diversity is what makes our food scene one of the best in the world. But it's not just the international fare being served in Polish restaurants and Pakistani restaurants that delivers the variety of flavor. Chicago has its own hyperlocal specialties, like a hot dog dragged through a garden, the Mother-in-law tamale sandwich, and the mixture of caramel and cheese popcorn. Likewise, there are many weird, wonderful and somewhat pornographic-sounding foods from our Midwestern neighbors, like the Juicy Lucy and Hot Brown. Here's where to find obscure American food locally.
Where to eat regional American dishes in Chicago
Dishes like burgoo, loco moco and scrapple may sound alien to Chicagoans, but you can find regional American foods like these if you know where to look