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avoiding hydrogenated oil. specifically french fries, fried chicken and tacos

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stuart Apr 17, 2013 02:52 PM

On my last trip to Chicago, I enjoyed a decent hot dog at Superdawg, but really loved the fries. Later I went to Uncle John's and enjoyed my meal, but especially the french fries. I don't know whether they actually use partially hydrogenated frankenoil, but it's so common that I usually just assume every place is using it unless they're specifically advertising that they don't

I'm actually not particularly interested in french fries, however. I would just like to be able to have some ribs or a nice hot dog while not worrying about the fries they came with.

I just read a mouthwatering round-up of fried chicken in the Chicago area. Certainly, some of those places must eschew HO, right?

I prefer corn tortillas, which usually don't have HO to begin with as many of the flour tortillas do. But I worry about the fat taquerias use to cook the meat. Lard is frequently hydrogenated.

I can't be the only person who is happy to eat moderate amounts of natural, fried foods, but would prefer to completely avoid partially hydrogenated foods. Chicago has so much depth, especially in these areas, that there must be restaurants which don't use HO but are still as delicious as any other.

Please point me to them. Thank you.

It's not much, but I can start. I can't remember where I read it, but I believe that Harold's doesn't use HO.

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