Vegetarian Eating Out and Restaurants

Updated on July 06, 2010
S.R. asks from Chicago, IL
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I recently decided to try to become Vegetarian and hopefully Vegan eventually. I was wondering if anyone can suggest some good restaurants with yummy vegetarian options on the menu, as I doing this to also maintain a healthy weight I would prefer to stay away from cheese on everything!

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions I am now very excited at the many options of yummy places to try out!

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S.P.

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Victory's Banner on Roscoe, in Roscoe Village! Always gets written up in "Best Of" lists in Chicago.

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Green Zebra. Amazing food, and not 'meat-substitute-everything'. Gourmet vegetarian.

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The Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston is fabulous. Many places now have vegetarian options as well- go onto Metromix.com and do a search- I'm sure you'll find lots of places!

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I second the Victory's Banner recommendation - great vegetarian breakfasts and lunches. A Guatemalan restaurant, El Tenajon, is also on Roscoe and has some excellent vegetarian selections - they do also offer meat, poultry and fish. The Wishbone on Lincoln and School has good veggie options.

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Victory's Banner on Roscoe, in Roscoe Village! Always gets written up in "Best Of" lists in Chicago.

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R.S.

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Hi Sal,

I'm a longtime vegan. I don't know where in Chicagoland you live, but I recommend the following vegetarian restaurants:

Chicago Diner (Halsted & Roscoe)
Arya Bhavan, Mysore Woodlands, Udupi Palace (vegetarian Indian restaurants on Devon near Rockwell)
Karyn's Cooked (700 block of N. Wells)
Soul Vegetarian (South Side -- I've had food from there but never been)
Blind Faith (Evanston)

Flat Top Grill (in Evanston and in Lakeview) is very veg. friendly, as is Lulu's in Evanston

This is a good database of vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants:
http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/illinois/chicago/

For more tips and recipes, message me individually.

Best,
R.

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I am on the NW side, Bucktown/Logan Square. These are all neighborhood style cafes and Revolution Brewery is a bigger microbrew bar&grill.
www.handlebarchicago.com
If your with others non-vegs but want good options check out their menus:
revbrew.com
www.lulacafe.com
www.emptybottle.com/bite.htm

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T.K.

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I don't have any specific restaurants to add to the excellent recommendations already made but I will remind you that you can always specialize your order. I've been vegetarian for over ten years and have never had a problem finding something to eat - even at a steakhouse. You can generally get grilled veggies and a salad at restaurants and you can always order "no meat" at fast food type places. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want!

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I have been a vegetarian for 16 years and eat pretty much everywhere. My favorites are Thai, Indian and Mexican - lots of legume and soy based dishes with these cuisines. As far as chain restaurants go, Noodles & Company and Qdoba are great. Please read as much as you can on being a healthy vegetarian - you're on the right track with staying away from too much cheese, but make sure you're getting good healthy proteins.

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