Exclusive Vegetarian Restaurants

  • Alice and Friends Veg Café
  • Amitabul
  • Annapurna
  • Arya Bhavan
  • Blind Faith Café
  • Chicago Diner
  • Chowpatti
  • Jal Hind

Widely considered to have the best fake meat in town. The Japanese Don Ka Su and Almond Un-Chicken are highly recommended. There is a wide variety of appetizers and vegan desserts and entrees typically come with rice and salad. Alice and Friends has a quiet, intimate setting with inspirational sayings throughout the restaurant. Asian, Vegetarian/Healthy. Lunch: Sat. Dinner: Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. Major credit cards accepted. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Smoke free. The Iced Ginger Tea is phenomenal.

Address

5812 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago
773-275-8797
Mon-Fri: 4-10, Sat: 10-9, Closed Sun

Amitabul offers an eye-popping array of vegan maki, stir-fries, pancakes, and noodle soups prepared with organic vegetables, tofu, legumes, and minimal oil. From vegan maki to noodle soups Amitabul has a plethora of Asian vegan cuisine. Owners Bill and David Choi believe that food has the power to heal and you can tell with their dishes like Nine Ways to Nirvana (whole wheat noodle soup with nine-grain miso beans). New menu items include influences from Tibet and the Indian subcontinent.

Address

6207 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago
773-774-0276
Tues-Sat: 12-9, Sun:12-8, Closed Mon

A fast-food style Indian restaurant on Devon Street, Annapurna is quick, inexpensive and delicious.

Address

2608 W. Devon
Chicago
773-764-1858
Mon-Sun: 11-9, Closed Tue

With a buffet lunch and buffet dinner, one can’t go wrong at this all vegetarian Indian delight. Arya Bhavan also caters and has room for private parties. The lunch buffet is offered Tuesday through Friday, a dinner buffet Friday through Sunday. Favorites include, chana masala (chickpeas cooked with spices), and tandoori gobi (marinated cauliflower cooked tandoori style). They always have lots of vegan offerings at their buffet; ask the friendly owner, Kirti, to point out the dishes that are free of yogurt and ghee. She will also make vegan naan bread for you, as their regular naan has animal products in it.

Address

2508 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago
773-274-5800
Tue-Fri: Lunch- 11:30-3 Dinner- 5-9:30, Sat-Sun: 11:45-9:30, Closed Mon

Blind Faith has a menu that changes, if not seasonally, then at least a couple of times a year, and they have daily specials. Their breakfast menu is not very vegan-friendly, though one can certainly walk away with a fine meal nonetheless, for example, with the Non-Dairy Mexican Breakfast or Chilaquiles. Blind Faith also appeals to people who are trying to avoid the “crunchy granola” vibe often associated with vegetarian restaurants, and many people find Blind Faith to be a pleasing place to take those who are otherwise intimidated by vegetarian restaurants ingredients. Prices range from $8.50 for sandwiches to $12.00 for more substantial entrees.

Address

525 Dempster
Evanston
847-328-6875
Mon-Thu: 9-9, Fri: 9-10, Sat: 8-10, Sun: 8-9

This city’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, the Chicago Diner is a popular destination point for people seeking healthy, hearty portions of meatless comfort food. Almost any option can be made vegan, and they have a wonderful assortment of vegan baked goods that are especially cherished. This Chicago institution is a favorite among the locals and a destination stop for health-minded tourists. The Diner is very accessible by public transportation, but they do have a parking lot next to the building that is open after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, as well as bike racks in the 7-11 parking lot next door. During the warm months, dine out on their adorable patio. As the Diner is a popular spot, expect to wait if you come during busy dining hours, especially on the weekends. It’s worth it, though!

Address

3411 N. Halsted
Chicago
773-935-6696
Mon-Thu: 11-10, Fri: 11-11, Sat: 10-11, Sun: 10-10

Featuring a huge menu, Chowpatti focuses on Indian cuisine, but also offers Mexican, Middle Eastern and Italian options. They have been around for many years, and have a loyal following.

Address

1035 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights
847-640-9554
Tue-Sun: 11:30-3, Closed Mon

Another exclusively Indian vegetarian restaurant on Devon Street, Jal Hind specializes in quick, inexpensive food.

Address

2658 W. Devon
Chicago
773- 973 3400

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

  • 168 Chinese Restaurant
  • Addis Abeba
  • Aladdin’s Eatery
  • Anatolian Kabob
  • Andie’s Restaurant
  • Atomix Café
  • Bite Café
  • Bleeding Heart Bakery

168 is a family-owned Chinese restaurant. They have a separate vegetarian section on the menu. There are some standard Chinese dishes, as well as their own house specials. They offer homemade mock meats made from wheat gluten, and delicious tofu dishes. They will gladly take the egg out of the vegetarian dishes. The Homestyle Tofu is out of this world, with delectable crispy tofu and veggies in a thick brown sauce. The Sweet and Sour “pork” is also a treat. None of the soups or appetizers are vegan.

Address

8922 1/2 N Greenwood Ave
Niles
847-795-0868
Closed Monday, Tues-Wed 11-9:30, Thur-Fri 11-10:30, Sat 11-9

A longstanding Ethiopian restaurant with many vegan options, Addis Abeba closed late in 2004 with a promise to re-open soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Address

3521 N. Clark
Chicago
773-929-9380

Aladdin’s is a smallish chain of Middle Eastern restaurants. While the food is not particularly exciting, it is reliable and moderately priced. With 37 meatless items offered, there is plenty to choose among. Ask for some chili sauce on the side if you crave spiciness.

Address

622 W. Diversey
Chicago
773-327-6300
Mon-Thu: 11am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11:30pm, Sun: 11am-10pm

This delightful Turkish restaurant serves several meatless options that could be vegan with the omission of cheese and/or yogurt on their menu at their Lincoln Square location. Anatolian Kabob has a low-key feel to it and meals average about $13/person.

Address

4609 N. Lincoln
Chicago
Mon-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 11-11pm

This Lebanese Middle Eastern restaurant is beautifully decorated and serves low-cost, satisfying Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek food. Fresh hummus, baba ghannouge, and crispy falafel. Delivery is an option for north-siders only.

Address

1467 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago
773-348-0654
Tue-Thurs: 4-10, Fri-Sun: 11-11, Closed Mon

A stylish little coffeehouse with light food, Atomix has several options for vegans, as well as soy milk for coffee drinks and vegan desserts.

Address

1957 W. Chicago
Chicago
312-666-2649
Mon-Fri: 7-10, Sat-Sun: 9-10

Sample from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes and BYOB at this trendy and reasonably priced cafe. The Bite Cafe is a haven to concertgoers at the hip live music venue next door, the Empty Bottle.

Address

1039 N. Western Ave
Chicago
773-395-2483
Mon-Thu: 11am-12am
Fri: 11am-2am
Sat: 9am-3pm, 6pm-2am
Sun: 9am-3pm, 6pm-12am

The Bleeding Heart Bakery, the owner, Michelle Garcia, has gotten a lot of press for envisioning and creating an environmentally-savvy, artisanal, organic and child-friendly bakery in the Ukrainian Village. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly as well! This vegan got to sample some of the Bleeding Heart’s offerings at farmer’s markets over the summer.

Address

2018 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago
773-395-2483

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