Chinatown Street Food
In anticipation of checking out the Chinese New Year's parade in Chinatown on Sunday:
Can folks offer recommendations of the best places to grab a bite to eat and go, rather than sit in a restaurant?
What can I expect to find in the way of edibles on the street? (I'm thinking carts and trucks, not used gum.)
Also: Is there a best place to view the parade?
No carts or trucks in Chicago's Chinatown. The parade will be down Wentworth Ave, any place down the street will be fine to watch the parade.
For grab-and-go, try going into any of the bakeries on Wentworth like Chiu Quon. Grab a few buns like Ham & Egg, BBQ Pork, Curry Beef, an egg tart for dessert and a cup of coffee to warm up with. A coffee comes standard with cream & sugar at the perfect amount, and there's something secret in the Chinese Bakery coffee that puts it on par with Starbucks.
If you want something heartier, go into any of the BBQ shops with pigs, ducks and chickens hanging in the window and grab a pound of Crispy Roast Pork, BBQ Pork, or even a whole duck. Some places will make a rice box out of it for you. Eat away as you enjoy the parade.
Restaurants will be pretty busy. If you get their early enough, Triple Crown probably has the best seat in the house. On the second floor on Wentworth, the large windows look right down onto the parade. Okay dim sum.
The only "street food" I've observed in Chinatown, where I've lived, is during the summer when fresh produce is sold from the back of a pick-up truck parked along the street someplace and during the Summer festival (when much of the food isn't Chinese, but, rather, standard carnival-like food stalls selling Pizza, hot dogs, etc.). The City of Chicago hasn't encouraged (or been very supportive of) food carts, in any part of the city. I, too, will be interested to read what others write about this - and if someone knows of special permission for food carts during the New Year festivities.