the chicago diner!! i can’t believe i’ve been a vegan for nearly a decade and i’m just now trying this place. the small bustling vegetarian joint has been serving up meat-free classic american cuisine in wrigleyville since 1983 (hey that’s older than me!), and on our five day trip we dined there twice and still left wanting more. check out the “best of” what we ate montage above: the titatnic burger, the chocolate chip cookie dough shake (made with temptation), a plate of potato skins, and the radical reuben with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. people have been telling me for years that this is one of the best reubens in the country, and i wouldn’t argue with that. i’ve been to a lot of vegan or veganish fast food type places in my time, and this one rules them all. wish they’d open up a location in LA! …actually no i don’t. chicago diner has a nice small business feel, and i’d hate for it to get all chain restaurant corporate-y. when in chicago, don’t miss this place.
*one thing to note: the reuben normally comes with bell peppers (which is straight up disgusting), so if you have an aversion to them be sure to ask for it without.
preview: new native foods location opens in santa monica july 3rd!
there’s a brand new native foods opening in santa monica on ocean park next week, and we were lucky enough to attend the employee pre-opening last night thanks to our friend rachel (check out her etsy shop!!).
i’m happy to report that the location was adorable, the staff was friendly, and in typical native foods fashion, the food was as wonderful. in fact, if the reuben wars were still alive and well, the native foods version of the sandwich would definitely be in LA’s top 3.
photos of our food and the location after the jump…
vg burgers in boulder is closed. but really, who cares!
should i be sad that vg burgers, boulder colorado’s ONLY vegan restaurant, has now closed? i dunno, maybe. but it sucked big time. i went there on my birthday and had the most awful and expensive meal. everything was pre-packaged and not properly cooked. i know places like veggie grill proudly rock the generic frozen gardein in all their dishes, but at least they put some effort into it!
anyways, in memory of vg burgers, here are some snaps of my underwhelming birthday meal—-which cost $30 and tasted like 5. BTW ATTN ALL RESTAURANTS: IF YOU EVER SHUT DOWN, UPDATE YOUR FUCKING WEBSITE!
burnt frozen hot wings. $5.99
boca bacon cheeseburger. $9.99
reuben that i could make at home. $7.99
tempeh was out of a package—-not heated, seasoned, nothing!
sorry you closed, vg! but you truly gave vegan restaurants a bad name.
vita cafe is one of my favorite spots to hit up in portland. the menu is huge, almost entirely vegetarian, and everything on it can be made vegan. big hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, entree platters, even tap beer—-vita has it all.
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