March 2011



Chicago Gal Eats: Vegan Adventures

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So I figured since I like to eat, and I like to talk about what I eat, a compilation of my favorite eats might be in order.  I suppose this might be the start of a continuing series on my fav Chicago restaurants.  Since I’m on the vegan kick as of late, I figured I’d start with those.  I haven’t been to all of them, but if I haven’t been myself I’ve heard great things and plan to try them very soon!

Dragon Lady Lounge

Somewhat of a weird lounge, but awesome vegan Korean food so who cares!

Mana Food Bar

Soon to try, but I’ve heard very good things

Drew’s Eatery

Craving a chili cheese dog?  Or sloppy joe?  Or milkshake?  Drew’s has all of these-and they’re vegan-anddd they’re delicious!


Never been, heard great things, on my list.

Dharma Garden Thai

Thai with the option to vegan-ize anything on the menu, I ordered from grubhub and everything I got was great!

Rockin’ Taco

They have Al Pastor Tofu…enough said!!

The Chicago Diner

I have a few non-vegan, non-vegetarian friends that have told me that they loved this place and would definitely come back for more.  I have yet to try it (gasp!) but I will remedy that very soon!

Ian’s Pizza

Last but certainly not least, Ian’s has my favorite pizza EVER and now they have vegan options for this fabulous pizza!  They offer vegan pizzas daily but on Thursday nights they offer it by the slice.  They have awesome combos like lasagna pizza, taco pizza, portabella/red pepper/spinach, or just plain old pepperoni, sausage, or cheese.

Have you tried any of these places???  What did you think??

  • Awesome list! If I ever find myself in Chicago, I’ll know where to go!

    • Kristi

      I would add: Karyn’s Cooked; Green Zebra (not all vegan, but close), and Revolution Brewery, which is owned by the same guy as Handlebar and has Italian Seitan Sausage pizza and lots of other veg-friendly options.

      • Lauren

        Thanks Kristi!!!

  • GenevieveK

    I love Dharma Garden because it’s totally a comfort food, mom & pop, old school Thai place, which usually means MEAT in EVERYTHING, but NOT HERE! :o) And like you said Lauren, everything is good!

    ALSO – I went to the Chicago Diner years ago and was not that impressed. BUT I had an entire group of vegan friends in town so at their request we went there in December 2010 and it was GREAT!! The Mexican themed dishes were particularly good. I stand corrected – that place can hang!

  • I have wanted to try Mana for so long. I live in the neighborhood and have heard great things – especially about the “sliders.”

    Handlebar is amazing. They have REALLY GOOD fries, mac and cheese, and a sandwich called the Green Meanie – Or something like that!!


  • ugh i LOVED chi-town when i visited! i seriously can’t waaait to go back! i wanted to get to the chicago diner so bad but it wasn’t really near where we were buttt i did love hub51!

    • Hub51 is awesome….that’s why staying in shape in Chicago is so hard, too much good food!!

  • Love the list! I have only been to chicago diner, and I loved it! Want to try these other places too!!!!!!

    I hope you have a great Saturday! xoxo <3

    Oh yes circle center is a cool mall!

  • I’ve lived here for a few yrs and I always heard good things about Ian’s pizza,I keep meaning to try it.

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