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World Series Showdown: Who Has Better Food, Chicago or Cleveland?

Features & Advice Gabe Zaldivar October 25, 2016

World Series Showdown: Who Has Better Food, Chicago or Cleveland?

PHOTO: Hot Doug’s make a triumphant return to Wrigley Field in 2016. (Photo courtesy Instagram/michaelrschmidt)

The Chicago Cubs meet the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. However, we all know there has been another battle brewing for decades between these two fine cities.

We are here to settle once and for all which city has the better food. So, as the boys handle their business on the diamond, the rest of us can handle a real culinary kerfuffle on the figurative dinner table that is the Internet.

Of course, we understand how things like this will only cause controversy and hard feelings. So we say grab a Polish dog or slice of deep-dish and argue both city’s merits on our social media channels.

Most Iconic Foods:

Chicago – Deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dog and Italian beef sandwiches.

Cleveland – Polish Boy, Pierogi and corned-beef sandwich.

Game 1: Chicago

While we love the mouth-watering notion of a succulent Polish Boy, this round goes to Chicago, which is replete with deep-dish locations – an iconic dish that epitomizes the city.

Best Fine Dining:

Chicago: Alinea

Cleveland: L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar

Game 2: Chicago

Despite L’Albatros’ wonderfully eclectic menu, this one is no contest. Alinea is consistently regarded as one of the more innovative restaurants in the country. Just recently, TripAdvisor found it to be the best in the nation and top 10 in the world.


Wrigley Field vs. Progressive Field Food: thankfully put out a couple lists of notable eats you can devour at both Wrigley Field and Progressive Field. Here are some notable entries.

Wrigley Field – Hot Doug’s previously obsolete hot dogs appear for 2016 in the bleachers; Girodano’s deep and thin-crust selections are available in section 306; and garlic parmesan fries.

Progressive Field – Melt’s gooey grilled cheese sandwiches; Barrio’s tantalizing tacos; The Corner Bar’s generous selection of beer on tap; and Sweet Moses Ice Cream that will have you saying, well, “Sweet Moses, that was good.”

Game 3: Chicago

For anyone who has ever eaten at Hot Doug’s the fact that you can still get this delicious dish at the stadium made Chicago a must-visit location this summer.  

Top Five via TripAdvisor:

Chicago – Alinea; Avec; Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf; Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Smoque BBQ

ClevelandSlyman’s Deli; L’Albatros Brasserie + Bar; Momocho; Lola Bistro & Wine Bar; Blue Point Grille

Game 4: Chicago

Cleveland comes in strong with what is widely regarded as some of the best corned beef in the country and a restaurant by famed chef Michael Symon.

Like a lineup of sticks against an exhausted Clayton Kershaw, Chicago is just too much with the likes of Alinea and Avec leading off a top five that is as delicious as it is eclectic.

READ MORE: 7 Things To Do in Chicago While Waiting for a World Series Game to Start

Chicago sweeps Cleveland when it comes to food, but the series is far closer than that record would make it seem. Cleveland is a wonderful food city with fare that ranges from amazing Mexican to Polish cuisine that will make your mouth water.

Chicago just had a little extra in every category to get over, but, thankfully, we all win when considering a town’s best food options. Here are just a few more to consider before we head out.

Extra Innings:


Seti’s Polish Boys:

The Greenhouse Tavern:

Sokolowski’s University Inn:



Kuma’s Corner: