Our Favorite Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
(Juice bars found below)
Our Favorite Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
These places offer more plant proteins, veggies, and complex carbs.
—————-Vegan Only —————-
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago 773.7774.0276
Buddhist Korean—veggie pancakes with hot sauce.
1644 W. North Ave., 773-661-1418
Mostly vegetable juice and other healthful beverages. A few salads and raw snacks.
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.
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.
2508 W. Devon, Chicago, 773-274-5800
South Indian Favorites, with buffet and organic salad bar on Saturday
Blind Faith Restaurant
525 Dempster St., Evanston 847.328.6875
Vegetarian mainstay featuring American, Mexican, and Asian cuisine.
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.
1035 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights 847.640.9554
International Vegetarian Cuisine with an Extensive Menu.
Alice & Friends
5812 N. Broadway, Chicago 773.275.8797
Asian themed vegetarian with brown rice. Go for the mostly veggie dishes; avoid the seitan and tofu.
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.”
2543 W. Devon Ave., Chicago 773.338.2152
Vegetarian South Indian Cuisine—yellow lentils, chick peas, spinach. High Quality.
2629 W Devon Ave, Chicago 773-262-5280 Friendly South Indian with a difficult to decipher menu. Ask for our “menu key.”
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.
Flat Top Grill
Too many locations to mention
Make your own stir-fry. Choose brown rice; peanuts and sesame seeds for protein over tofu.
7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago 773-465-8005 and 773-465-6400
Sandwiches, soup, fresh veggie juice, and lil’ market.
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.
2537 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-489-9554
Gourmet cafe with many vegetarian specials and mainstays– soup salad, pasta
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
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.
5020 Sheridan Rd., 773-728-5576
Mostly breakfast-type foods, but made with organic eggs and dairy—black beans and salads.
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.
1245 Chicago Ave. 847-475-2400
Small plates and wood fired pizza. Great salads, veggies, and bean dishes. Menu changes seasonally.
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.
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.
231 S. Clark, Bank of America Building
This unassuming eatery offers soups, salads and lots of fresh veggies
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
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
230 S Wabash Ave,Chicago(312) 922-0077Health food store, with juice bar and café offering vegetarian and vegan options. Located in the loop.
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
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.
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.
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.
5951 North Broadway, 773.561.5111
Opart Thai House
4658 N. Western, 773-989-8517
Classic Thai food, now with brown rice.
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.
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.
503 Main St. Evanston, 847-332-2302
Pan Asian, but mostly Thai. Excellent veggie maki, brown & purple rice.
3332 N. Clark, 773.404.2000
This charmingly authentic restaurant offers a Thai buffet on Saturday and Sunday. They have brown rice and organic vegetables when available. Have food allergies? Bring in a list and Sammy, the chef and owner, can take care of you.
4022 N. Western, 773-539-6150
1016 Church St. Evanston, 847.866.8012
Great cabbage salad, mixed vegetable, veggie soup, and chive dumplings
6322 N. Broadway 773-274-0784
Same dishes as the other places, but the greens and kik alitcha are particularly good.
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. Good shiro.
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.
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.
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.
212 S. Halsted, Chicago 312-655-0000
Greek with romantic atmosphere—fireplace or atrium dining room.
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.
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.
1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 773.252.1558
Regional Greek that makes the most of locally sourced and organic ingredients—hummus, greens, and lentils.
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.
2439 W. Devon 773-338-1627 and 411 N. Clark 773-529-1705
Spinach with chickpeas are a standout. The bread isn’t great.
414 N. Orleans, Chicago 312-527-3999
High Quality Indian lunch buffet just west of the loop.
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.
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. Hit Arya Bhavan for the Sat-Sun. Indian buffet instead.
5316 N. Clark St 773.506.9990
Upscale, small plate Italian. Many appetizers feature green veggies, roots, and beans.
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.
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.
Johnny Brown Bag
5406 N Clark 773-270-2522
Mostly a to-go place, but they have a great red sauce. The rapini with white beans is excellent, beet salad also good.
721 W. Grand 312-243-1740
Old school Italian—veggie pastas. Broccoli salad and escarole soup are great.
516 N Clark 312-644-7700, 4999 Old Orchard Ctr. Skokie, 847-933-0955
Italian chain with veggie sides and salads.
1401 N. Wells, 312-787-6604
Jalapeno Gnocci, spicy broccolini, garlic spinach, veggie of the day.
464 N Halsted 312-421-0077
Romantic atmosphere and great patio. Chick pea fritters, and pastas. A bit pricey.
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.
1154 W. Taylor St., 312-243-2357
Small and romantic. Spinach, broccoli, mixed veggie sides, and broccoli salad are excellent
1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-332-2330
Neighborhood Italian. Favorites include, broccolini, grilled asparagus, salads, and minestrone soup
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
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.
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
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
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
3101 N. Clyborn and 2540 W. Armitage 773-227-CUBA
Veggie friendly Cuban—avocado salad, beans, veggies, and plantains.
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.
1545 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, 847-251-5400
Great black bean, and tortilla soups. Also Mexican salad, sopes, and enchilada
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, potatoes in cheese sauce. Great green hot sauce.
Most Middle Eastern restaurants, because of hummus, baba ganouj and falafel, are vegetarian friendly.
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.
1746 W. Addison
Turkish cuisine. Favorites include: piyaz, ezme, hummus, and green beans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4639 N. Kedzie 773-279-8900
Lebanese Cuisine/ Middle Eastern Classics—hummus, falafel, salads
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
Turkish Cuisine and Bakery
2546 W. Peterson Ave, 773-878-8930
Falafel and hummus, white bean salad, walnut and kidney bean salad, red pepper spread, grilled veggies over hummus.
737 N LaSalle Chicago 312-573-1510
Huge place. Excellent salads and grilled veggies
Twisted Tapas 1146 W. Pratt 773-856-3486Best in town. Try the jalapeno gnocchi.
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
1571 N. Sheffield Ave., 312-266-7335
940 Church, Evanston, 847-869-7335
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 773-728-0598
1644 W. North Ave, 773- 661-1418
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
542 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-784-8796
7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005
2004 W. Armitage, 773-770-3865
1219 W. 18th, 312-307-7305
519 N. Clark, 312-284-1377
Life Spring Health Foods and Juice Bar
3178 N Clark, (773) 327-1023
6034 N Broadway, 773-465-6400
1550 N Kingsbury, 312-587-0648