My waitress described the dish as a "cauliflower steak." The big chunk of vegetable is charred on the outside and tender on the inside, topped with toasted red quinoa with chopped pistachios mixed in.
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If there's anywhere in this town I'll gladly give up meat, it's the 2500 to 2600 blocks of west Devon. That strip is home to two vegetarian restaurants where I'll eat happily and without the least sense of deprivation.
For vegetarians, Lula has several appetizer and entrée options, and there is even a six-course vegetarian tasting menu ($45) offered nightly. The tasting menu comprises a selection of dishes from the regular menu—three appetizers, an entrée, a cheese course, and a dessert. In other words, every vegetarian item on the menu.
Eataly's open eateries are themed by different food groups. Noticing long waits for a table at Il Pesce, La Pizza & Pasta, and La Carne, I took one of the plenty open spots in veggie-focused Le Verdure. It was worth the not-wait.
Portions are very generous, and they are happy to box up anything you can't finish. This is one of the best value meals I've enjoyed in Chicago in quite some time.
Mercat is a great place for vegetarians to dine because the expansive tapas menu has such a strong vegetable selection. Under "verduras," there are seven dishes that could easily comprise a filling and flavorful meal. Even the traditional tapas section of the menu has vegetarian bites sprinkles in.
I know it's kind of hard to believe, but the little hunks of fried goodness pictured above are vegetables—not chicken, pork, or any other kind of meat. Not that you'll care much. Though it is completely vegetarian, this is still one greedy appetizer.
The new fall menu at State & Lake has several hearty menu options perfect for the chilly weather now upon us.
The menu at Roti Mediterranean Grill is short and sweet, although it can be a bit intimidating to order in the rapid-fire line for the first time.
What is your favorite vegetarian meal in Chicago? Do you like to splurge, or do you prefer getting your vegetarian fix at neighborhood places?
My favorite part of ordering a sandwich at Foodease is seeing them make it. It heightens the anticipation for my mouth and stomach, like a much tastier and not too much more expensive version of Subway.
I always feel good after a meal at Mana Food Bar, even when I overdo it. It's like trying to o.d. on vitamin C pills or beta carotene—the worst that happens is, what, you ward off a cold? Your vision improves?