By Rya Backer
In addition to being a hub of all things music since Friday, Lollapalooza has established itself as a culinary bastion – hosting such Chicago institutions as Lou Malnatti’s Deep Dish pizza, Kuma’s Corner burgers, and Grahamwich – a Northside restaurant operated by Lollapalooza’s culinary director (yes, they’re that serious about concertgoers literally leaving Chicago with a good taste in their mouths) Graham Elliott.
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Portland-by-way-of-Alaska psych rockers, Portugal. The Man were tasked with the burden of being our taste testers of all the festival had to offer in the strip of food vendors known as Chow Town. Drummer Jason Sechrist was excited to finally try a Kuma’s burger – each named after a famous metal band (he got the Neurosis); keyboardist Ryan Neighbors grabbed a Scotch Egg from The Gage and Henri; lead singer John Gourley sampled lobster corndogs and truffled popcorn from Grahamwich, and each of the four got watermelon and jalapeno popsicles from the Chicago Local stand.
The quartet picked up the goods – occasionally being stopped by an incredibly enthusiastic fan – and parked at a nearby picnic table to feast. They agreed that the biggest hits: the burger, the popcorn, and the Scotch Egg. The lobster corndog – despite how dazzling it might’ve sounded – was a near miss only because it wasn’t deep fried enough.
“Lollapalooza has an incredible menu to chow down on,” exclaimed Sechrist. “That’s the best festival snacks I think I’ve ever had.” His burger was so good in fact, that he was tempted to sample even more Neurosis – this time though, it would be the music by the actual band.
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