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Jan 22, 2007 01:57 PM

Looking for Local Food fares of Indy and Chicago

I am a Philly guy, my family and I have a Super Bowl Party every year. During which we have local foods of the participating teams. Such as Some of previous years, New England Clam Chowder, Philly Cheesesteaks etc.

We would like to hear from Indianapolis residents and Chicago Residents, As far as I can see we are looking at Deep Dish Pizza and probably Chili but haven't really found anything for Indy yet.

All help would be appreciated.

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  1. I've been thinking about this myself. Breaded tenderloin sandwiches? Fried catfish? Popcorn?

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    1. re: myplateoryours

      Oh I'd go for tenderloins, they are not definitively Indy but I can't think of anything that is but they are certainly a Mid-West thing.

    2. For Chicago

      Chicken Vesuvio
      Italian Beef Sandwiches
      Deep Dish Pizza
      Chicago Hotdogs

      Indiana, thats a hard one, Corn chips? lol

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      1. re: jillhil1

        Chicago - Eli's cheesecake for dessert! Basically a graham cracker crust cheesecake with a thick, dense cheesecake and fruit toppings. Bratwurst cooked in beer also. You need celery salt and buns with poppyseeds on them (Rosen's locally) and your hotdogs should be from Vienna. Call Garrett's popcorn and find out how they make the wonderful caramel popcorn they sell throughout the city (and post the recipe). Italian water ices would also be a good dessert suggestion.

      2. Definitely go with the breaded pork tenderloins for Indianapolis. That is the signature sandwich of almost all the sports bars there. If you need help, here it is...

        My Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Recipe Tutorial

        Here is another tutorial

        Instead of making large sandwiches I have been toying with the idea of making miniature pork tenderloin sandwiches by cross cutting the tenderloin in about 1/4" slices, pounding them flat to no more than 3" in diameter then breading and frying them and serving with those small heat and serve dinner rolls. That way you can have a variety of foods appetizer style. One regular pork tenderloin sandwich would fill you up.

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        1. re: Davydd

          Here is my follow up. Check the photo and check my web page on how they were made.

        2. For Chicago, DEFINITELY the pizza!

          The most popular places here in Chicago for deep-dish pizza - both the double-crust "stuffed" pizza and the thicker-single-crust "pan" pizza - sell them via the Internet, shipping them partially baked and frozen, packed in dry ice.

          Giordano's (stuffed pizza):

          Lou Malnati's (pan pizza):

          Gino's East (pan pizza):

          Edwardo's (stuffed pizza):

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