Since 1983, the cooks at Soul Vegetarian East have given vegetarians and vegans a rare pleasure: the chance to enjoy meat-free dishes that mimic the comforting, indulgent taste of soul food and barbecue. Buffalo tofu wings, veggie burgers made with black eye peas, and collard greens with onions and fresh cornbread are just a few of the eatery’s offerings.
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 herbs to therapeutic oils for massaging tired shoulders after a long day of shrugging.
Behind the counter at De Pasada, staffers pack the black chalkboard menu with a mélange of burritos, tacos, and classic Mexican entrees. Stone masks, South American décor, and a flat-screen television lurk in the split-level dining area, waiting to catch hungry eyes in a way that Shakespearean food dioramas never could. During warmer months, overhead fans cast breezes on diners when the cool presence of a frosty Jarritos or horchata isn't enough.
We are an environmentally and socially conscious kind of place. Don't worry - we are not overbearing - we do it behind the scenes.
Our food is comfort food with a twist. Organic and locally grown whenever possible.
Our business started with 3 people and a dream. To have a comfy place that offers excellent food!
I Dream of Falafel's health-conscious chefs craft a menu of fresh, locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine, customizing each selection to meet individual dietary needs. Preservative-free vegetarian dishes and slow-cooked meat treats materialize from such high-quality ingredients as house-made falafel, cage-free chicken, and premium AA beef sirloin that is never frozen or forced to time travel. After scanning the menu, diners create their own meals by pairing a made-from-scratch laffa bread, salad, or organic hummus base with a hearty protein and farm-fresh toppings such as sumac onions and tomato-cucumber salad. Available ingredients accommodate the tastes and restrictions of any appetite, with options for vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, low-carbohydrate, and high-chickpea diets.
Published author and raw-food advocate Karyn Calabrese has spent decades educating people on the benefits of an uncooked but flavorful diet free of meat, fish, chicken, or dairy products. In a recent interview for the Chicago Tribune, Calabrese traced her culinary interests back to Sundays in the kitchen with her grandmother. After watching family members succumb to degenerative diseases, she was inspired to tread a different nutritional path. Calabrese has shared her vegan and vegetarian cooking techniques in numerous media, including CBS and ABC news. Four restaurants currently bear her name, vegan philosophy, and commitment to organic foods: Fresh Corner and Garden Cafe, Fresh Corner and Raw Bistro, Cooked, and On Green. The café and market offer eco-conscious shoppers a range of products, and Karyn’s Inner Beauty Center provides holistic therapies such as acupuncture and individualized wellness coaching programs. The center’s spa services employ natural products, some of which arrive directly from the kitchen or straight from the fields via teleportation chamber. Convenient take-home meals and a variety of events such as yoga classes and lessons in "uncooking" help patrons maintain a healthy lifestyle.