Staying healthy is one of the nation’s most important priorities. Finding restaurants that cater to vegetarian or vegan diets is not as difficult as you may think. While Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, the city has some vegetarian gems that will excite you.
Mana Food Bar
1742 West Division Street
Mana Food Bar brings you global vegetarian fare through various appetizers, main dishes, and juices. Enjoy a variety of multi-culture cold and hot vegetarian friendly dishes in a sleek and modern restaurant that is just as sophisticated as the food.
Dive into the seaweed and cucumber dish that comes with five spice tofu and tangerine chili dressing with radish sprouts. The cauliflower and green tomato curry comes with black lentils with a mint flavor.
A mouth watering taste can be found in the mana slider which is a brown rice and mushroom burger with spicy mayo. Don’t forget to add a side dish of black beans, creamy polenta, or green cabbage slaw.
Native Foods Café
Loop, Wicker Park, Hyde Park, Lakeview
Providing you with made from scratch vegan cuisine, Native Foods Café brings you meals that will convert even the heartiest meat eater. The entire menu at Native Foods Café is 100% plant based and the food is made fresh daily. Everything is made in house including the sauces, dressings, and desserts.
Build your own vegan burger right off the menu with a Portobello mushroom or a white bean, lentil, and brown rice patty. The earth bowls provide you with a variety of cultural experiences including the Moroccan, with organic tofu and Moroccan spices, enhancing Native Foods Café as a vegan’s paradise.
The Chicago Diner
When a restaurant says it has been “meat free since ’83,” you know you have found a vegetarian’s nirvana. The Chicago Diner has been serving vegetarian meals for decades and is proud to have paved the way for other vegetarian restaurants to start up. A gluten free menu clearly shows The Chicago Diner has thought of everything.
The Chicago Diner’s award winning vegan milkshakes will have you hooked in no time. The flagship Radical Reuben sandwich is actually known worldwide and is topped with corn beef seitan, onions, peppers, sauerkraut, vegan or dairy cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye bread.
Soul Vegetarian East
205 E 75th St
Soul Vegetarian East is truly living up to what the name itself says, soul food for vegetarians. If you haven't tried this spot already then you need to order the Buffalo tofu wings or the BBQ protein tidbits both equally good.
There have been reports of variations of service level but if you can pass that, the food is outstanding. If you're not sure what you're having look for the dinner specials.
Note: It could be difficult to find parking close by.
2311 W North Ave
Handlebar is truly a great bustling brunch spot in Chicago offering a great vibe, nice backdoor space and enough space to park your bike. First time here? Try the the fried avocado tacos as they are just delicious. That also goes for the Saitan sandwich as well as the gauda mac & cheese.
This is a place that people come back to, to little surprise. Check out their drinks as well!
Victory’s Banner Restaurant
2100 West Roscoe Street
One of the best brunch spots you will find in Chicago is Victory’s Banner Restaurant. Providing you with a top notch vegan breakfast and lunch menu, making Victory’s Banner Restaurant your number one place to go to during the day.
Try the vegan eggless wonder for breakfast which has marinated tofu with broccoli, onion, tomato, mushroom, zucchini, potato and brown rice, and is served with hearth bread. Vegan salads, burgers, and wraps adorn the lunch menu. For a peaceful and sincere dining experience, visit Victory’s Banner Restaurant.
110 West Illinois Street
For a creative Asian fusion experience, stop by Sunda, where you can enjoy vegan Asian cuisine in a chic, modern space. A brunch, lunch, and dinner vegan menu is available for you to choose a variety of your favorite Asian cuisine to enjoy with your family and friends.
Signature sushi such as the veggie q, garden, and sweet potato caterpillar are on hand for you try. Classic rolls such as avocado and cucumber can be shared. The crispy Brussels sprout salad has Brussels sprouts, carrots, red cabbage, chilies, fried shallots, and mae ploy. Try the tofu snap peas or the tofu pad tai for a unique and tasty experience.
For an exciting vegan Asian fusion experience, Sunda is the place for you to be. Be daring and enjoy something new.
In a city that is well known for meat eaters, Chicago has a variety of vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants that will cater to your health needs. Explore the streets of Chicago and don’t be afraid to voice your vegetarian needs at various restaurants that support you whole heartedly.