Vegetarian Restaurants in Chesterton

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Treat your gastrointestinal tract to a tasty glass of richly blended healthlisciousness. Today's side deal gets you four drinks or wholesome bowls from Protein Bar for $10, a $24 value. A proper breakfast of fruit, grain, and protein will help you discover that hidden superpower that's been lying dormant under a pile of doughnuts and danishes.

352 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

The hardest part of eating vegan is explaining to the family that the flamingo tongues at the Saturnalia banquet still count as meat. Today's Groupon gets you nutritious, delectable food in a classy environment. For $10, you get $25 worth of gourmet vegan fare at Karyn's Cooked. Whether you're fully vegan, are thinking about taking the plunge, or you merely want to purge your body of animal products after the particularly heavy-eating holiday season, Karyn's Cooked will tickle your toothbone with succulent morsels of animal-free goodness. In addition to being totally vegan, several of Karyn's dishes are gluten-free.

1901 N Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

Every Friday and Saturday night, an insiders-only karaoke jam fills Dharma Garden's pastel-colored walls with music. During a recent visit by Time Out Chicago, the crowd—mostly comprised of staff members from other Thai restaurants—burst into applause as Dharma chef and owner Vilairait Junthong, AKA "Little Aunt," grabbed the mic to sing her favorite tune, Sirintra Niyakorn's "Roo Wa kao lhok," which roughly translates to "You Treat Me Wrong".

In the more than ten years since arriving in Chicago from her hometown of Prajinburi, Little Aunt has done more than just bulk up Dharma's Thai menu. Chicago Thai restaurants Sticky and Spoon Thai have called on Junthong to outfit their menus with Northern Thai specialties such as marinated beef jerky and Chinese-influenced rice soup. She's also stayed true to a no-land-animals pledge––one reason of many why Time Out Chicago has named Dharma Garden a Critics' Pick.

Beneath the dining room's spherical hanging lights, curries and stir-fried noodles stack with veggies such as baby bok choy and chinese broccoli, as well as seafood, shrimp, and imitation meats. Already boasting one of the city's largest vegetarian menus, chefs can also alter most of their other dishes to accommodate vegans and vegetarians upon request. After finishing off a deep-fried red snapper, patrons can peruse the Thai-language menu, or request a translation into other languages such as German, Latin, and Binary.

3109 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago,
IL
US

Small plates and a cozy space belie the globe-tracing, multidimensional menu of meat-free options served in Mana Food Bar. Grab a group of friends and take your palate on a walk with Mana's meditations on everything from comfort food classics—seared collard greens dashed with lemon and garlic, please and thank you—to butternut squash ravioli and spanikopita stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. Appointed with stools handcrafted from recycled birch, the 30-person dining room is a haven for vegan and gluten-free enthusiasts.

1742 West Division Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Meat-free comfort food is a culinary high-wire act that, when executed properly, can be a rare pleasure for recent vegan and vegetarian converts. Soul Vegetarian East boasts delicious fake-chicken potpie and a barbecue sandwich TimeOut says is “as close to real barbecue pulled pork as the vegetarians will get.”

205 East 75th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Lebanon native and chef Maher Chebaro saw an open market for healthy Middle Eastern cuisine in Chicago. Falafill’s concept is simple: for $6–$8, you choose between a pita or a plastic bowl, select a falafel, and pile your dish high with fresh vegetables and sauces prepared daily.

3202 North Broadway
Chicago,
IL
US

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