I visited the Logan Square location on a recent trip to Chicago along with two non-vegetarians and we all left satisfied and with several other options from the menu we wanted to try next time. The location is just off the street, with easy pedestrian access and street only parking. The inside features a lot of dark wood, some beautiful local art (an abstract of the Chicago skyline was particularly striking) and long wooden booths through the center of the restaurant. On either side of these are smaller booths that seat 2 each. The kitchen is at the back, with a long wood-paneled bar to the right when you walk in. We arrived at 11:00 on a Saturday and had no problem getting a table. By the time we left, a line was forming in the lobby, where you could also buy T-shirts.
The menu is not only extensive, but informative, explaining the history of the restaurant, why it’s meat free, and what various options mean (ex: definitions of seitan, tempah and tofu, explanations of vegan cheese and rBST-free dairy). The options fit any type of eater, from the carnivore looking for a passable substitute (plenty of faux-meat options like a seitan BBQ bacon burger and country fried steak with seitan patty) to vegetarians or veggie lovers (quinoa chili, Cajun black bean burger) to vegans or others on a strict diet (gluten-free soup bowl, vegan potato skins). They serve an extensive brunch menu until 3:00pm daily and have options that include building your own brunch. Their sides menu is long enough to build a meal out of on its own, with choices like mac & cheese, black bean & corn salad and pesto sautéed vegetables. Our table went with a grilled cheese, gyro and BBQ bacon burger, all served with sweet potato fries and no one had leftovers, though the portions were sizeable. The food was just that good and my fiancé, who ordered the gyro, remarked that it tasted better than a few actual-meat gyros he’s had, with perfectly seasoned seitan and a great tzatziki. The prices are reasonable bordering on cheap-nothing on the menu was over $13. They also serve a variety of desserts, but we were too full to try them, though we kept hearing raves about the shakes and a chocolate cake whenever we told anyone where we ate for lunch.
Service was fast and friendly. We never had to ask for refills and our food came about 10 minutes after we ordered. Also, though this is a vegan/vegetarian place, it’s not holier-than-thou, as some vegan/vegetarian places can be. Sure, they use vegan cheese, but they’ll gladly sub in the real thing (organic) and state so clearly on the menu. They serve Blue Sky Cola, which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I have been to places that clearly thought my fiancé an unhealthy, junk-food swilling dolt because he wanted a soda. One look at their menu and its clear they try to please the carnivores, too. We had a great meal at a great price with great service-doesn’t get much better in the busy, big city for this vegetarian!
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