Lollapalooza 2015 invades Chicago beginning tomorrow and some of the weekend's performers are sounding off on their favorite local restaurants, must eat dishes, the folks that they know in the restaurant world and where they're hoping to eat while in town.
The artists participating are MUTEMATH's Darren King, In the Whale's Eric Riley, Light.Em.Up, NGHTMRE, Albert Hammond Jr., Atarah Valentine, The Chainsmokers, Grandpa Vs. Prowler's Danny Masterson, The Pop Ups' Jacob Stein, DJ Carnage, Black Pistol Fire's Eric Owen and Kevin McKeown, and COIN's Ryan Winnen.
What are your favorite restaurants in Chicago?
MUTEMATH's Darren King (Thurs. July 30 at 10:00 p.m. — Lollapalooza after show at Double Door — SOLD OUT): The only Chicago non-pizza related establishment that I remember by name is a place called Yolk. If I could only eat breakfast for the rest of my life I would have no problem (just eating there).
In the Whale's Eric Riley (Sun. Aug. 2 at Noon — Pepsi): We had a chance to eat at Hot Doug's before they closed. The wait in line was absolutely worth it. My Pie is the only Chicago-style deep dish we've had, so don't judge us if there's a better one, but damn is it incredible. Kuma's Corner...how can you go wrong with a heavy metal themed restaurant!?
Black Pistol Fire's Eric Owen and Kevin McKeown (Fri. July 31 at 2:10 p.m. — BMI): Chicago Cut and there is a great taco place in Wicker Park, but I can't remember the name!
Light.Em.Up (Sat. Aug. 1 at 8:00 p.m. — Palladia): PHNM: Sunda for sushi. Make sure you ask for the PHNM roll. It's off the menu, filled with so much lobster and gold flake on top! Zebo: I really enjoy Glenn's Diner on Montrose Avenue for their "all you can eat" king crab special on Tuesday nights. If you want to indulge, that is definite the spot to hit.
Tyler Marenyi aka NGHTMRE (Sun. Aug. 2 at 7:45 p.m. —Palladia): Buffalo Joe's (in Evanston), Pequod's Pizza, Kuma's Corner and Sunda.
Albert Hammond Jr. (Sun. Aug. 2 at 6:30 — Pepsi): Piece, Nuevo Leon, Pho 88, Momotaro, Katsu, Benny's Chop House.
COIN's Ryan Winnen (Sat. Aug. 1 at 2:10 — BMI): Wow, that's tough. DMK Burger Bar in Lincoln Park has some of the best burgers I've had anywhere. Good food, great service and vibe. Can't go wrong. If I wanted to go a little less greasy, I go to Pick Me Up Café in Wrigleyville. Great coffee!
Atarah Valentine (Sun. Aug. 1 at Noon — BMI): My favorite restaurants when I'm in the Chicago area are Girl and the Goat and Cafe Spiaggia. For me, environment is just as important as the quality of the food. Girl and the Goat has got the ambiance down for sure and an interesting menu. I'm always up for Italian, and Cafe Spiaggia checks off all of the boxes.
The Chainsmokers (Sun. Aug. 2 at 5:45 p.m. — Perry's): Hmm...that's a tough one! We haven't really ate at too many places but we love Lou Malnati's pizza!
DJ Carnage (Sat. Aug. 1 at 7:00 p.m. — Perry's): Giordano's Pizza - Deep dish pizza, mandatory. Barn & Company - Amazing BBQ, I highly recommend the wings. Doughnut Vault - Doughnuts, enough said.
What are your favorite dishes you've had while in Chicago and where were they from?
In the Whale's Eric Riley: I have a sweet tooth, so the rainbow cone at The Original Rainbow Cone is definitely a favorite of mine.
Black Pistol Fire's Eric Owen and Kevin McKeown: Have to love Chicago pizza. Had a great meal at Lou Malnati's.
Tyler Marenyi aka NGHTMRE: Buffalo wings and cheddar chips from Buffalo Joe's.
Albert Hammond Jr.: I've only had the red pizza at Piece, but it's delicious. Nuevo Leon's nachos and chicken fajitas. Pho 88: Nothing like pho on tour, especially in the winter. Momotaro and Katsu: Sashimi omakase always with a bowl of rice. Benny's Chop House: Porterhouse if I'm hungry or ribeye...the most flavor...mmm...
COIN's Ryan Winnen: Also a tough one! The carnitas tacos at Antique Taco in Wicker Park come to mind instantly. SO GOOD! The chicken fettuccini from Topo Gigio is one of the best Italian dishes I've ever had.
Grandpa Vs. Prowler's Danny Masterson: Rpm Steak: Coal roasted king crab and the dry aged New York strip cooked rare make me wanna kill myself. RPM Italian: the king crab spaghetti (maybe I like crab or have crabs) and the mama Depandi bucatini is simple and amazing. Spacca for pizza obviously. Pretty damn close to what I ate in Naples, Italy at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
Atarah Valentine: My guitarist Jaime is a vegan, so we try to be fair when picking restaurants. The radical reuben at The Chicago Diner is amazing. Hands down, one of the best cheap vegetarian sandwiches I've ever had.
The Chainsmokers: Well deep dish obviously! But the steak houses you guys have out there are always SO GOOD! We went to a Bear games once and all the food at the stadium and we had while tailgating was next level!
DJ Carnage: Unfortunately, I haven't really had enough time in Chicago to properly experience its food. Most times, I've had to resort to delivery, room service or late night spots, which surely aren't the best of what Chicago has offer.
The Pop Ups' Jacob Stein: Bulgogi at Mana Food Bar, pea pistachio tortelloni at Owen and Engine, salt roasted beets at The Purple Pig, avena shake (and everything else on the menu) at Irazu, spring risotto at Ruxbin, silk snapper at Mott St, shishito peppers at Girl & the Goat.
Do you know any Chicago (or Chicago area chefs)? If so, who?
Light.Em.Up: Zebo: Maggie Musto at Au Cheval has been a longtime friend and I'm extremely proud of where she has come as a chef. Beyond her natural talent she has the ability to think outside of the box.
Albert Hammond Jr.: I do not, but by all means introduce me.
Grandpa Vs. Prowler's Danny Masterson: I do not, but if any wanna meet me I'll be drinking tequila at George's Lounge on Wabash late at night.
Chainsmokers: Hahaha. Nope. Can't say we do! We need to step our game up!
DJ Carnage: Can't say that I do, but I would love to meet some. I've heard good things about Stephanie Izard's Girl & The Goat and Little Goat. By all means, tell Chicago chefs to get at me @djcarnage on Twitter.
Do you plan on visiting any Chicago restaurants while you're in town? If so, which ones are you hoping to get to?
MUTEMATH's Darren King: No plans as of yet, but someday I want to come back for Taste of Chicago. My friend used to go and always came back heavier and happier.
In the Whale's Eric Riley: Honestly, we'll probably be running around trying to promote and get people out to our shows so I doubt we'll have time for anything special. I think we're gonna try to hit up My Pie at least once.
Black Pistol Fire's Eric Owen and Kevin McKeown: Absolutely! Want to get back to Chicago Cut and (we've) heard great things about Avec. Would love to make it there.
Light.Em.Up: PHNM: My parents are coming in from Alabama and Florida and we're doing a huge family dinner at Siena Tavern. Grabbing their pepperoni pizza and chopped salad. Both delicious. Zebo: I am thinking Dusek's, as it is only a couple of blocks from me and is definitely what you would call quality.
Albert Hammond Jr.: I don't know if I'll have time this go around, but maybe I can get something to go for the plane ride home.
COIN's Ryan Winnen: I've heard Au Cheval in the West Loop is phenomenal. Would also like to stop in Chinatown for some good, authentic Chinese food if we have time!
Grandpa Vs. Prowler's Danny Masterson: I think I'm ready for Alinea. I think. Not positive but possibly ready.
Atarah Valentine: I really want to check out Moto and I am still waiting on a great pizza recommendation. I have never had deep dish pizza and that seems wrong.
The Chainsmokers: Yes, we are going to go to Chicago Cut!
DJ Carnage: I've never had Harold's Chicken Shack!