The Vegetarian Option

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The Vegetarian Option: Roasted Cauliflower at Boka

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 6 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Feast on Lula Cafe's Six-Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 1 comment

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. More

Terrific Vegetarian Turkish Food at Turquoise

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 1 comment

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Mercat a la Planxa

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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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Spinach Dumplings at State & Lake Tavern

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The new fall menu at State & Lake has several hearty menu options perfect for the chilly weather now upon us. More

The Vegetarian Option: Mushrooms, Chicory, Egg & Grits at Carriage House

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Although our waitress extolled the chicken & biscuit at the top of the menu as Carriage House's signature brunch dish, I made sure to order the hearty vegetarian option and had to guard the skillet from meat-eating friends. More

The Vegetarian Option: Vegan Salad at Roti Mediterranean Grill

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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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Farro Salad at TWO

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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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Tomate et Basilic Galette at Toni Patisserie & Café

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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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Yusho

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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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Foraged Daikon and Maitake Mushroom at OON

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 1 comment

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Asparagus and Burrata Pizza at Nellcôte

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Based on my visit, I think Nellcôte may be the most underrated restaurant on Randolph Street. More

The Vegetarian Option: Little Market Brasserie

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 3 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Moudardara at Old Jerusalem Restaurant

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 2 comments

Moudardara might be named after smallpox, but this Arab dish is a tasty and simple vegetarian option at Old Jerusalem. More

Is Grace the Best Fine Dining Restaurant for Vegetarians in Chicago?

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 2 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Vegetarian Platter at Old Jerusalem Restaurant

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 4 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Balena

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 3 comments

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Pacific Northwest Tasting Menu at Green Zebra

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson 1 comment

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. More

The Vegetarian Option: Karyn's Fresh Corner

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Karyn's Fresh Corner offers plenty of raw options from a salad bar to raw meatloaf, lasagna and faux sushi. More

The Vegetarian Option: Karyn's Famous House Salad at Karyn's Raw

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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). More

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