Exclusive Vegetarian Restaurants
- Alice and Friends Veg Café
- Arya Bhavan
- Blind Faith Café
- Chicago Diner
- 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.
5812 N. Broadway Ave.
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.
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Tues-Sat: 12-9, Sun:12-8, Closed Mon
A fast-food style Indian restaurant on Devon Street, Annapurna is quick, inexpensive and delicious.
2608 W. Devon
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.
2508 W. Devon Ave.
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.
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!
3411 N. Halsted
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.
1035 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Tue-Sun: 11:30-3, Closed Mon
Another exclusively Indian vegetarian restaurant on Devon Street, Jal Hind specializes in quick, inexpensive food.
2658 W. Devon
773- 973 3400
- 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.
8922 1/2 N Greenwood Ave
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.
3521 N. Clark
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.
622 W. Diversey
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.
4609 N. Lincoln
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.
1467 W. Montrose Ave.
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.
1957 W. Chicago
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.
1039 N. Western Ave
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.
2018 W. Chicago Ave