• A big beet from @linnylulu

The act of photographing food in public has been frowned upon roughly since the blog Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food became a thing.

But because our 2013 Food Issue is dedicated to seeking out the places Chicagoans eat—people from cab drivers to comedians to, well, you—we asked readers to brave the risk of public ridicule to show us via Instagram what they were eating and where they were eating it. The result: some pretty sexy amateur food porn. (You guys are like the culinary Pam and Tommy Lee.)

Check out an entire gallery of reader pics on our Tumblr page. We can’t promise it won’t arouse your appetite.