Our Favorite Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
(Juice bars found below)
—————-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.
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 on Saturday
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.”
2548 W. Devon, 773-338-8160
South Indian vegetarian. Dosais, curries, the whole 9 yards.
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.”
-Other Restaurants with Vegetarian Options
2311 W. North Ave., 773-384-9546
Green Meanie, West African Ground Nut Stew, Asian Sesame Noodles, Collard Greens, veggie chili.
2537 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-489-9554
Gourmet cafe with many vegetarian specials and mainstays– soup salad, pasta
1921 Central, Evanston 847.491.0391
A burger and malt place with unusual, often Mexican inspired, veggie specials.
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.
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.
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) 922-0077
Health 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.
Far East Kitchen
6966 N Glenwood Ave, 773-465-2200
Close to White Moon. Carry out only.
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.
4032 W. Peterson Ave, 773-539-2277
Old school Cantonese favorites. Great veggie egg 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
1371 W. Chicago, 312-988-0986
Classic Thai food, now with brown rice.
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.
6322 N. Broadway 773-274-0784
Same dishes as the Ethiopian 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2906 W. Armitage Ave., 773-360-8689
Indian classics and some dishes we’ve never seen anywhere else
5316 N. Clark St 773.506.9990
Upscale, small plate Italian. Many appetizers feature green veggies, roots, and beans.
Dave’s Italian Kitchen
815 Noyes, Evanston 847-864-6000
Minestrone, Spinach, Broccoli, Salad
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.
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.
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.
—————————–Latin American Food——————————-
3715 N. Southport, 872-802-4835 * 2850 N. Clark, 773-755-5411 * 2045 North, 773-276-8344
1659 W. Division, 773-227-3064 * 175 N. Franklin, 312-877-5522
Top notch empanadas
Ay Ay Picante
4569 N Elston 773-427-4239
Peruvian favorites: salad, yucca, vegetables
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
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.
Most Middle Eastern restaurants, because of hummus, baba ganouj and falafel, are vegetarian friendly.
1746 W. Addison
Turkish cuisine. Favorites include: piyaz, ezme, hummus, and green 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).
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.
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.
2459 W. Armitage Ave., 773-697-9229
Best red pepper hummus in the known universe.
1146 W. Pratt 773-856-3486
Best 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
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