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The Handlebar

2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-5314
773-384-9546
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Ranked #698 of 8,296 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Vegan, Vegetarian, International
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Nyborg, Denmark
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I'm not a vegetarian but assumed I could find something good on the menu. I was wrong. Everything I got was a step above inedible. In their defense, all the food seemed to be conscientiously prepared. I think a not veg palate won't be happy. It's a fun room with an eclectic crowd. I'd definitely go for drinks.

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Silicon Valley
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I came in on the later side, around 10pm on a Tues, but the lateness had no impact on the service or food. Street parking was easy and there was no delay in getting seated or getting my order taken. I got the vegan sloppy joe with fries and a pickle, and even though the advertised pretzel bun wasn't vegan... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Although there is a lot of hype about vegan restaurants in Chicago, my favorite is Handlebar. Their regular menu has a huge variety of wonderful options, and they always have specials that are great. During the spring, summer and fall, they generally have a lot of seasonal items that are lovely - lots of greens in the fall, local tofu,... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This bar is one of my favorites in the city. They always have a good selection of quality beers and drinks. Their rotating menus of mixed drinks are my favorite to check out. Always something unexpected on their and it's always delicious. The food here is also top notch. No meat on the menu but lots of vegetarian and pescatarian... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Pescetarian restaurant - veggie and fish dishes only! So right up my alley. It took me an eternity to decide what I wanted because I literally wanted everything, but finally got the Chili Mac Attack. I think it was on special that night, so could not refuse. It didn't disappoint! Veggie chili with smoked gouda - I mean impossible to... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was the 2nd time that I've been to The Handlebar. I'm vegan and my brother is vegetarian and there are items on the menu for both of us. The food is so good, they have a nice variety of foods, the staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is very cozy.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Two teen vegetarians, a vegan and a meat eater all ended their meals with pies --blueberry and oatmeal -- after a very filling meal. Two of us had the Chicago tofu. It was good if a bit dry. The fries were just okay. Overall however, a good meal. I would like to try some of the other vegan options. Our... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Good vegetarian and fish dishes; cool-nerdy looking waiters; walls decorated w/ funky band names. Refreshing change from the downtown vibe.

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Highland Lake County, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The staff is very friendly. The fish tacos are the bomb! See if you can spot all the birds perched throughout the place!

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London, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Great vegan and vegetarian food with a large menu so there's something for everyone. We visited for a late breakfast and were surprised by how quickly the food was served and the high quality of everything. It's a typical diner in the area in terms of layout and decor but the food will blow you away.

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