Carnivores beware, the herbivore/healthy/organic trend is coming up fast and hard. Whether it’s for ethical, religious, environmental, political or cultural reasons, these spots make being a vegetarian haute. Who knew veggies could taste so good?
1 Mana Food Bar
Loosely translating to "the life force in nature" or "the things magic is made of," the creators of MANA (who also own Chicago hotspot Sushi Wabi) desired a meatless dining scene with a warm, tasteful environment.
1742 W. Division St. 773.342-1742. www.manafoodbar.com
2 Green Zebra
A genuine restaurant devoted to the celebration of seasonality, freshness and flavor, in an era of “high-tech”, Green Zebra changed it up to be “high-touch” and sensuous dining.
1460 W. Chicago Ave. 312.243.7100. www.greenzebrachicago.com
3 The Chicago Diner
With the slogan, “Meat Free since ’83,” The Chicago Diner has been a favorite of vegetarians for decades. Owner Mickey Hornick turned from commodities trader to health-conscious devotee after developing asthma, which led him to read up on healthy living, vegetarianism, and to dining at the Bread Shop Kitchen, where he met his wife and now business partner and Chef.
3411 N. Halsted St. 773.935.6696. www.veggiediner.com
Fusing creativity with ingenuity, it is RAW’s mission to not just provide the best raw food in Chicago, but also share the vision of a healthy great tasting alternative to the traditional heavy processed cuisine most of us are used to.
131 N. Clinton. 312.831.2729. www.chicagorawfood.com
5 Karyn's on Green
With delicious food and a vibrant bar scene, Karyn’s on Green is making vegan sexy in the midst of Chicago’s traditional Greektown neighborhood. The menu features classic American dishes reinterpreted with innovative presentations but without the meat, fish, chicken or dairy.
130 S. Green St. 312.226.6155. www.karynsongreen.com/