Beneath Hopleaf's counters, 41 taps flow with beer from all over the world, particularly Belgium. Bartenders serve each brew in its traditional vessel, whether a familiar pint glass, a goblet, or a top hat. The full beer list, which contains bottled rarities, spans dozens of pages and can take an evening to study. To complement the drinks, chefs whip up meat-centric dishes with a French predilection. Potato croquettes and charcuterie plates set the stage for heartier entrees, including steaming pots of mussels and an organic Montreal-style brisket sandwich on rye.
You expect to find turkey in Thanksgiving spreads, on sandwiches, and even at traditional second Thanksgivings. However, Just Turkey is on a mission to prepare the poultry in any tasty way they can. They use the meat as a healthier alternative to beef and pork, adapting its flavors into dishes ranging from tacos to lasagna. The barbecue plates remain customer favorites, including jerk turkey tips, smokey turkey legs and barbecue turkey tips and ribs slathered in a spicy-sweet sauce. The unique approach has certainly caught on—what started as a single outpost has grown to a family of six locations throughout Chicagoland, and the menu has been featured in Time Out Chicago, on 190 North, and on ABC-7's Hungry Hound.
Though Loving Hut has locations sprinkled across the globe, no two menus are the same. Whether in San Francisco or Toyko, the Asian-inspired vegan eatery’s talented chefs concoct dishes catered to local cuisines and ingredients. In Chicago, chefs work with a tasty textured vegetable protein—shortened to “TVP” on the menu. The protein is perfectly executed within Pan-Asian offerings, such as Korean barbecue and the Thai curry that “charmed” Chicago Magazine. Of course, chefs don’t use TVP in every menu item; salads boom with fresh produce, such as sweet potatoes, beets, and avocados, while veggie burgers showcase traditional tomato and pickle toppings. In line with the all-natural cuisine, Loving Hut’s “hut” surrounds patrons in earthy colors and textures. Furthermore, friendly reminders, such as “Share the World with All Beings,” are written across the walls.