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.
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.
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.
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.
With an eye toward holistic wellness, the team at B’Gabs creates raw, gluten free, and vegan meals that are soy-free, peanut-free and chock full of organic and local fruits, veggies, and veggie-based proteins. In the dining area, each whole ingredient is transformed under the chefs' skilled hands as they become healthy versions of meals, such as burgers, tacos, or pad thai. Even soy-free desserts, such as cheesecake, manage to be both hearty and creamy—yet they lack the additives of their traditional versions.
That dedication to high-quality food is also present in the restaurant's juices. Each one is made using a Norwalk juicer, a machine believed to extract more vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables using hydraulics. B'Gabs also runs a store that stocks groceries and goodies meant to promote vibrant lifestyles, from organic spices, herbs, and teas to essential oils for massaging tired shoulders after a long day of shrugging.
At Loving Hut’s 200 worldwide outposts, chefs stand by their mission to serve all-vegan fare made from wholesome, plant-based ingredients. The Chicago branch honors the Windy City’s staple sandwich with their Eden Dog, a vegan sausage topped with pickles, relish, onions, and mustard.