Restaurants and Juice Bars

Our Favorite Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
(Juice bars found below)

—————-Vegan Only —————-
Amitabul
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago 773.7774.0276
Buddhist Korean—veggie pancakes with hot sauce.

Infiniteus

1644 W. North Ave., 773-661-1418
Mostly vegetable juice and other healthful beverages. A few salads and raw snacks.

Kitchen 17
613 W Briar, 773-661-1757
Vegan café. Excellent chana masala

Native Foods Café
1484 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-8480; 1023 W. Belmont, 773-549-4904; 218 S. Clark 312-332-6332
14 S. Clinton 312-382-8600; 1518 E. Harper Ct, 773-241-7800
Vegan Fast Food—everything here is homemade, and even the seitan is good. Great soups, salads, steamed kale, tempeh, Soul Bowl, and Macro Bowl

Soul Vegetarian East Restaurant
205 E. 75th St., Chicago 773.224.0104
Vegan Soul Food.
Try the soups, lunch and dinner specials. They have great greens and veggie plates, plus a deli with a selection of raw entrees and salads and funky juice bar next door.  Try the 3rd eye juice.

Urban Vegan
1605 W. Montrose, 773-404-1109  /  1550 W Fullerton Ave 773-472-8208
Vegan Thai food. The veggie lentil loaf is good, but steer clear of the fake meats.  Go for the veggies, brown rice and salads.

————————–Vegetarian Only————————

Arya Bhavan
2508 W. Devon, Chicago, 773-274-5800
South Indian Favorites, with buffet on Saturday

The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted 773.935.6696  and 2333 N. Milwaukee 773-252-3211
A wide variety of vegan entrees including sandwiches, macrobiotic plate and decent soups. All desserts are vegan.  Sadly, many things are microwaved here so ask.

Chowpatti
1035 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights 847.640.9554International Vegetarian Cuisine with an Extensive Menu.

Mana Food Bar
1742 W. Division 773-342-1742 manafoodbar.com
This small wine bar serves up excellent veggie only fare.  Best described as a veggie “Tapas.”

Mysore Woodlands
2548 W. Devon, 773-338-8160
South Indian vegetarian. Dosais, curries, the whole 9 yards.

Udupi Palace
2543 W. Devon Ave., Chicago 773.338.2152
Vegetarian South Indian Cuisine—yellow lentils, chick peas, spinach. High Quality.

Uru-Swati
2629 W Devon Ave, Chicago 773-262-5280 Friendly South Indian with a difficult to decipher menu.  Ask for our “menu key.”

Vegetarian Express
3109 N. Halsted, 773-880-9155 Vegetarian and vegan food with a juice bar

-Other Restaurants with Vegetarian Options

Cookies and Carnitas
5757 N Broadway 773-769-2900
Cash only, counter service. Simple menu. Tacos, beans, greens, and salads.

Heartland
7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago 773-465-8005 and 773-465-6400
Sandwiches, soup, fresh veggie juice, and lil’ market.

Handlebar
2311 W. North Ave., 773-384-9546
Green Meanie, West African Ground Nut Stew, Asian Sesame Noodles, Collard Greens, veggie chili.

Lady Gregory’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
5260 N. Clark, 773-271-5050
White bean and kale soup, warm beets, minted peas, roasted Brussels sprouts

The Lucky Platter
514 Main St., Evanston 847.869.4064
Pizza, salads, portabella sandwich, and vegetarian friendly sides: broccoli, beets, greens, black bean soup.

Lula
2537 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-489-9554
Gourmet cafe with many vegetarian specials and mainstays– soup salad, pasta

Nookies
1746 N. Wells (312-337-2454), 2114 N. Halsted (773-327-1400),3334 N. Halsted (773-248-9888), 1100 W. Bryn Mawr (773-516-4188)
Organic eggs, spinach  & garlic, mixed veggies, Mexican beans, salads, and sandwiches

Prairie Joes
1921 Central, Evanston 847.491.0391
A burger and malt place with unusual, often Mexican inspired, veggie specials.

Slice of Life
4120 W. Dempster, Skokie 847.674.2021
A variety of great soup, veggie burger, hummus, pasta, Middle Eastern platter, and a variety of mock meat dishes (taco salad and nachos), a selection of salads.

Ten Mile House
1700 Central St, Evanston, (847) 905-0669
A wood fired oven is a highlight of this place. Roasted beets, cauliflower with pistachios, roasted vegetable cobbler, broccolini with roasted garlic.

Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark St., 773-929-3800
1401 W Devon Av, 773-465-9801
A sleek and cozy bar/grill with a few tasty veggie options.

Union
1245 Chicago Ave. 847-475-2400
Small plates and wood fired pizza. Great salads, veggies, and bean dishes. Menu changes seasonally.

Wishbone
3300 N. Lincoln, Chicago 773.549.2663 or 1001 W. Washington, Chicago 312.850.2663
Vegetable platter, beans & rice, coleslaw, sweet potato, beet salad, different veggie specials and carrot &beet juice.

———————-Downtown Chicago———————

If you’ve ever been in the loop looking for a healthy, and inexpensive, lunch you know what a challenge this can be.  Luckily, some of our loop-based clients shared these secret spots with us.  Any we’ve missed?  Let us know.
Cafe 231
231 S. Clark, Bank of America Building
This unassuming eatery offers soups, salads and lots of fresh veggies


Cellars
141 W. Jackson Blvd. 312-427-3444
Across the street from the above. An excellent salad bar with several hot and cold options.

Food Life at Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan 312-335-3663
Asian food with lots of veggies and brown rice, Mexican with black beans, salad bar, and juice bar

Freshii
111 W. Jackson, 161 N. Clark, 200 W. Randolph, 200 W. Monroe, 17 E. Monroe (Palmer House), 311 S. Wacker, 854 W. Armitage, 50 E. Washington, Presidential Towers, 350 N. Lasalle, Water Tower Place, 1596 Sherman in Evanston, 847-448-4300
Salads, Wraps, Burritos, and Smoothies

Kramers
230 S Wabash Ave,Chicago(312) 922-0077
Health food store, with juice bar and café offering vegetarian and vegan options.  Located in the loop.

Protein Bar
235 S Franklin, 312-346-7300
10 W. Lake 312-629-3609
352 N Clark 312-527-0450
Healthy options for breakfast lunch and dinner

Raw
Located at the French Market: 131 N. Clinton St. Suite 7, 312-831-2729
All vegan, and as the name suggests, all raw.

Roti Mediterranean Grill
33 N Dearborn, 312-263-9000
10 S Riverside Plaza, 312-775-7000
200 W Randolph St, 312, 332-6013
Hummus, salads, falafel, baba ganoush

Russian Tea Time
77 E. Adams, Chicago 312.360.0000
Favorites: Uzbek chick pea spread, beet caviar, Kighiz (similar to tabouleh). Tashkent carrot salad, a wide selection of green and herbal tea.

—————————–East Asian Food—————————–

Most East Asian places have vegetarian options. Because of various problems with soy, we always ask for cashews, almonds, and peanuts for protein, and extra veggies. We prefer Thai and Vietnamese over Chinese.

A Bite of Szechuan
5657 N. Lincoln, 773-878-8577
Better than average Chinese

Jin Thai
5458 N Broadway 773. 681.0555
The same team behind Evanston’s old Noodle Garden present this much better than average Thai spot—brown rice, fresh vegetables, chive dumplings, taro roll.

Kin Sushi &Thai
1132 N Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-2722
Thai favorites with brown rice, cashews, and lots of veggies.

Mee Mah
4032 W. Peterson Ave, 773-539-2277
Old school Cantonese favorites. Great veggie egg roll

Mon Lung
1009 N Ashland  773-227-8824
Best Chinese food we’ve found in the city. Szechuan green beans, Chinese broccoli, and mixed veggies. Vegetables are fresh, brown rice available.

Indie Cafe
5951 North Broadway, 773.561.5111
Pan Asian.

Opart Thai House
4658 N. Western, 773-989-8517
Classic Thai food, now with brown rice.

Peppercorns Kitchen
620 Davis St., Evanston, 847-563-5461
A good place for vegetables

PF Changs China Bistro
530 N. Wabash Ave 312-828-9977
Lettuce Entertain You does Chinese food.  Vegetables and brown rice.

Pho 777
1063 W. Argyle, 773-561-9909
One of the better Argyle noodle shops. They are very accommodating to vegetarian requests. Great Chinese broccoli, chive and bean sprouts, and mixed vegetable. Ask for a side of fresh basil.

Siam Paragon
503 Main St. Evanston, 847-332-2302
Pan Asian, but mostly Thai. Excellent veggie maki, brown & purple rice.

——————African Food—————–

Awash Ethiopian
6322 N. Broadway 773-274-0784
Same dishes as the Ethiopian other places, but the greens and kik alitcha are particularly good.

Badou
2055 Howard St. 773-293-6913
Senegalese food doesn’t typically include vegetarian fare, but this place does.

DenDen
6635 N. Clark, 773-973-4752
This Eritrean restaurant serves dishes close in character to Ethiopian fare, but with a unique twist—okra, red lentils, salad, and greens.

Demera
4801 N. Broadway 773.384.8787
Extending the “little Ethiopia” corridor of Broadway all the way down to Uptown, this space offers well made Ethiopian classics at reasonable prices.  Ask for the veggie lunch special.

Ethiopian Diamond
6120 N. Broadway, Chicago 773.338.6100 & 7537 N. Clark St., 773-764-2200
Very veggie friendly.  Their Shimbra Assa (chickpea patties in spicy sauce) is crave-able.

Ras Dashen
5846 N. Broadway, Chicago 773.506.9601
Certainly the best out of all the Ethiopian offerings found on Broadway. High Quality. Go for the veggie sampler—greens, beets, green & red cabbage, red & yellow lentils, and chick pea and lentil salads.

Red Sea
2043 W. Howard, 815-860-0001
Eritrean restaurant with a great veggie sampler

——————Greek—————

Athena
212 S. Halsted, Chicago 312-655-0000
Greek with romantic atmosphere—fireplace or atrium dining room.

Greek Islands
200 S. Halsted, Chicago 312.782.9855 also Lombard 630.932.4545
Favorites:  hot lima beans (they’re huge!) Beets (comes with a garlicky potato spread), spinach & rice, sweet peppers, cabbage salad, green beans, okra, and village salad.

Psistaria
4711 W. Touhy Ave. Lincolnwood   847-676-9400
Psistaria has been on Touhy for years, but a former owner and chef at Greek Islands recently purchased the space. The Greek Islands’ influence is strong. Great veggies salads and bean dishes.

Taxim
1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 773.252.1558
Regional Greek that makes the most of locally sourced and organic ingredients—hummus, greens, and lentils.

———————–Indian Food———————–

Note that the all-vegetarian Indian selections are found in the “Vegetarian” section above.

Gaylord of India
100 E. Walton St., Chicago 312.664.1700
Buffet every day from 11:30 to 2:30
Outstanding daily lunch buffet. Utter lack of parking.

Mt. Everest Restaurant
630 Church, Evanston 847-491-1069
Solid Indian buffet, 7 days a week.

Hema’s Kitchen
2439 W. Devon 773-338-1627 and 411 N. Clark 773-529-1705
Spinach with chickpeas are a standout.

Klay Oven
414 N. Orleans, Chicago 312-527-3999
Indian lunch buffet just west of the loop.

The Little India
1109 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7012
They call it “Indian fusion,” but it seems like they just have the traditional standards. Try the weekend buffet.

Luzzat Restaurant
1505 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-764-1065
Located near the Jarvis “L” stop—made-to-order spinach, yellow lentils, and chick peas. Very liberal with the spice here. Medium is very hot.

Rajun Cajun
1459 E. 53rd. St., Chicago, 773-955-1145
Indian and American Soul Food
It’s cafeteria style, but the unusual combo of Indian and Southern food is a real treat.

Tiffin Indian Kitchen
2536 W. Devon, Chicago 773-338-2143
Indian buffet for Mon. thru Fri. lunch.

—————–Italian Food—————–

Anteprima
5316 N. Clark St  773.506.9990
Upscale, small plate Italian. Many appetizers feature green veggies, roots, and beans.

Club Lucky
1824 W. Wabansia, Chicago 773.227.2300
Veggie antipasto (beet salad, olives, marinated mushrooms, green beans, carrots, and roasted peppers), green bean salad, roasted garlic, sautéed spinach, pasta with red sauce and broccoli.  Careful, the bread is addictive.

Dave’s Italian Kitchen
815 Noyes, Evanston 847-864-6000
Minestrone, Spinach, Broccoli, Salad

Francesca’s Restaurants
1039 W. Bryn Mawr 773-506-9261
1400 W. Taylor 312-829-2828
An outstanding local chain of veggie friendly Italian restaurants with an ever changing menu.  Great salads, veggies, spinach, pastas and pizzas. Avoid brunch, the veggie options are few. SECRET: it’s usually not on the menu but their lentil, spinach, and feta appetizer is excellent.

La Scarola
721 W. Grand 312-243-1740
Old school Italian—veggie pastas. Broccoli salad and escarole soup are great.

Maggiano’s
516 N Clark 312-644-7700, 4999 Old Orchard Ctr. Skokie, 847-933-0955
Italian chain with veggie sides and salads.

Orso’s
1401 N. Wells, 312-787-6604
Jalapeno Gnocci, spicy broccolini, garlic spinach, veggie of the day.

Piccolo Sogno
464 N Halsted 312-421-0077
Romantic atmosphere and great patio. Chick pea fritters, and pastas. A bit pricey.

 

Quartinos
626 N. State, Chicago 312-698-5000
Small plates, like an Italian tapas.  Features escarole with cannellini beans, roasted peppers, rapini, beet salad, 3 pea salad.

RoSal’s
1154 W. Taylor St., 312-243-2357
Small and romantic. Spinach, broccoli, mixed veggie sides, and broccoli salad are excellent

Trattoria Demi
1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-332-2330
Neighborhood Italian. Favorites include, broccolini, grilled asparagus, salads, and minestrone soup

 

Vapiano
2577 N. Clark, 773-904-7984
Unusual concept where you order your food from various stations. Great salads. Average pizza.

 

—————————–Latin American Food——————————-

Ay Ay Picante
4569 N Elston 773-427-4239
Peruvian favorites: salad, yucca, vegetables

 

Bry Anna’s
5695 N. Lincoln, 872-208-5599
Mexican, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran cuisine

Chipolte
www.chipotle.com Too many locations to list
Very basic, but better quality than your average chain. They are known for their burritos, but we recommend their bowl and salad with brown rice and black beans. Great guacamole.

Cesar’s
3166 N Clark 773-248-2835
Vegetarian enchiladas and tacos.

 

El Nuevo Mexicana
2914 N Clark, 773-528-2131
Vegan and veggie friendly Mexican. Spanish quinoa

 

Flaco’s Tacos
1116 W. Granville, 56 E. Chicago Ave., 725 S. Dearborn
Vegan tacos and tamales. Lots o’ beans.

Mas Alla Del Sol
5848 N. Broadway 773-654-1900
Calabacitas (stuffed zucchini), Verdolagas (purslane) salad, and grilled asparagus

Moe’s Southwestern Grill
1953 N. Clybourn, 773-770-3435/ 3620 W. Touhy in Skokie, 224-548-7575
Kinda like Chipolte

Mixteco Grill
1601 W. Montrose, Chicago  773-868-1601
Great upscale Mexican. Just a few veggie choices, but they’re worth coming back for. Best tamales anywhere

Que Rico
2814 Southport Ave., Chicago 773.975.7436
Favorites: Vegetarian enchiladas (crepes filled with steamed spinach and topped with red sauce), enchiladas poblano and the veggie fajitas.

Taco Lago
1545 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, 847-251-5400
Great black bean, and tortilla soups. Also Mexican salad, sopes, and enchilada

Taco Diablo
1026 Davis in Evanston, 847-868-8229
Veggie tacos, black beans, guacamole, grilled jalapenos.

 

Taste of Peru
6545 N. Clark, 773-381-4540
Although they specialize in seafood, this place has some wonderful veggie options.  Pinto beans, avocado salad. Great green hot sauce.

———————Middle Eastern————-——-

Most Middle Eastern restaurants, because of hummus, baba ganouj and falafel, are vegetarian friendly.

Al-Khayameih
4748 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-523-0999 or773-583-0888
Like the above, they do a superior job on the Middle Eastern Classics.  Great salads and the Lebanese Foul (fava beans) are not to be missed!  Sub-par veggie entree, stick with the appetizers.

Café Orchid
1746 W. Addison
Turkish cuisine. Favorites include: piyaz, ezme, hummus, and green beans.

Falafill
3202 N. Broadway, 773-525-0052
This “fast-food” Middle Eastern restaurant does the basics really well.  They also feature a toppings and salad bar with many tasty and unusual delights. Try their monthly falafel specials made from different types of beans.

 

IDOF (I Dream of Falafel)
6558 N. Sheridan, 851 W. Belmont, 19 N. Wells, 60 E. Jackson
All the Middle Eastern hits (hummus, falafel, etc).

Libanais
330 W. Devon, Lincolnwood, 224-470-1515
Middle East favorites, great soups, organic eggs

 

Middle East Bakery & Café
1512 W. Foster Ave, 773-561-2224
Falafel, hummus, lentil soup

 

Naf Naf Grill
1629 Orrington, Evanston,  847-866-8470
309 W.Washington St, Chicago, 312-251-9000
Simple, but satisfying menu. It’s like a Middle Eastern Chipolte.

Noon O Kabab
4651 N. Kedzie, 773-279-8899
Features several Middle Eastern favorites (hummus, dolma, etc.), salads, and vegetable entrees with rice.

Old Jerusalem
1411 N Wells,Chicago,IL60610(312) 944-0459Hummus and falafel, fresh carrot juice, lentil soup, and salads.

The Olive Mountain Restaurant
610 Davis St., Evanston 847.475.0380
Great hummus, falafel, lentil soup, green beans, and okra. Make sure to ask for whole wheat pita. The rice is not vegetarian.

Pita Inn
4710 Dempster St., Skokie 847.677.0211or 122 S. Elmhurst, Wheeling 847.808.7733
Favorites:  Hummus, baba gannouj, lentil soup, tabouleh, falafel salad.  Onions, pickled turnips and whole wheat bread available on request.

Pita One
1926 Central St. Evanston   847-475-5280
Usual favorites plus grilled veggies and lentil soup.

 

Semiramis
4639 N. Kedzie 773-279-8900
Lebanese Cuisine/ Middle Eastern Classics—hummus, falafel, salads

Shokran
4027 W. Irving Park, 773-427-9130
Authentic Moroccan Cuisine—hummus, and carrot appetizer are great.

Tel Aviv Kosher Pizza
6349 N. California, Chicago 773-764-3776
Favorites:  Fantastic Falafel and Hummus, they also offer great soups and a veggie chili, Chinese Stir Fry, spaghetti and a Veggie Burger

 

Zatar MedGrill
2459 W. Armitage Ave., 773-697-9229
Best red pepper hummus in the known universe.

 

——————————–Spanish Tapas———————————-

Café Iberico
737 N LaSalle Chicago   312-573-1510
Huge place. Excellent salads and grilled veggies

Twisted Tapas
1146 W. Pratt 773-856-3486
Best in town. Try the jalapeno gnocchi.

Tapas Barcelona
1615 Chicago Ave. Evanston, 847-866-9900
Similar to the above—gazpacho, asparagus salad, and portabella & spinach pizza.

 

Chicago Juice Bars

Order a shot or double shot of wheat grass, and/or a green juice with kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, or whatever greens are available. Use beet and carrot to sweeten—no fruit.

Add superfoods like turmeric, maca, or green foods such as spirulina, chlorophyll, etc.

Owen and Alchemy
2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3444

Peeled
1571 N. Sheffield Ave., 312-266-7335
940 Church, Evanston, 847-869-7335

Devon Market
1440 W. Devon Ave., 773-338-2572

Jamba Juice wheat grass only
630 Davis, Evanston 847-425-1740
920 W. Belmont 773-935-2879
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza 312-321-0470

Earth Healing Café
1942 W. Montrose 773728-0598

 Infiniteus
1644 W. North Ave, 773- 661-1418

 Harvest Juicery
1012 W. Lake St., 312-265-0182

 Eternity Juice Bar/Soul Vegetarian
203 E. 75th 773-224-0104

Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur
2235 N Western, 773-235-8807
418 W. Howard, 773-381-8011

True Juice
542 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-784-8796

True Nature/Heartland
7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005

24 Karrots
2004 W. Armitage, 773-770-3865

Belli’s
1219 W. 18th, 312-307-7305

Beatrix
519 N. Clark, 312-284-1377

Life Spring Health Foods and Juice Bar
3178 N Clark, (773) 327-1023

Whole Foods
6034 N Broadway, 773-465-6400
1550 N Kingsbury, 312-587-0648