The farro at TWO was some of the best-cooked I've had, tender but still firm in the middle, so it had the chewy texture I adore from this nutty grain.
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I stopped in Toni Patisserie & Café for lunch on a hot and humid summer day, which also happened to be Bastille Day. That explains why I tried a red, white, and blue soup.
It's been almost two years since Matthias Merges opened Yusho, but they are still going strong. I can understand why friends in the restaurant industry rave about this place.
lad and spring rolls) are tasty if predictable, this foraged dish is an unexpected addition. Daikon used as a centerpiece rather than a garnish is something I haven't seen with other vegetarian dishes around town, but the white radish can surely hold its own on the plate.
Based on my visit, I think Nellcôte may be the most underrated restaurant on Randolph Street.
Next door to Stephanie Izard's Little Goat diner is Little Goat Bread, which serves three kinds of soups, a kale salad, and six different daily sandwiches.
Little Market Brasserie's menu has a couple touches of Chef Ryan Poli's love of Spain—namely the summer sangrias and ceviche—but the vast majority of the menu is in the style of an "American brasserie." Fortunately, there are also plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.
Moudardara might be named after smallpox, but this Arab dish is a tasty and simple vegetarian option at Old Jerusalem.
Grace is by no means a vegetarian restaurant. However, it's probably the best fine dining option for vegetarians in the city. The carefully composed dishes that chef Curtis Duffy and his team put together are unfailingly elegant—true works of art.
The vegetarian combination platter ($11.95) at Old Jerusalem in Old Town allows you to sample five of the restaurant's vegetarian options at once.
At Balena, the menu is meant for sharing. It can be nearly impossible to decide what to order when everything looks so delicious, so the more people you're dining with, the better.
Every Tuesday, Chef de Cuisine Jon DuBois crafts a fun vegetarian tasting menu at Green Zebra. This week he's inspired by flavors from the Pacific Northwest.
Karyn's Fresh Corner offers plenty of raw options from a salad bar to raw meatloaf, lasagna and faux sushi.
Raw food and salads go hand in hand. But at Karyn's on Halsted there is everything from raw empanadas and tamales to raw pasta and pizza. Next time, I'll be a little more adventurous and report back, but for my introduction to Karyn's I played it safe with her famous house salad ($12).
Spring vegetable risotto at Lockwood highlights local produce.
The menu at Sprout is purposefully vague. Each option is simply a list of ingredients, with the main flavor in bold.
Spring means asparagus, radish, spring peas and a tasty new salad for The Lobby.
I'm apparently a little bit obsessed with Floriole. I don't live anywhere near the place, but I was lucky that a couple days in a row this week I've been in the area. So I had four meals in a row at the bakery/cafe.
Most of the ingredients in the Sonoma salad ($12) at Hub 51 are pretty familiar. But what really sends this salad over the top, though, are the sunflower sprouts.