You may recall my post last year about Prasino in Chicago. I vowed to never return but the other day we were in a good mood and decided to give them a second chance. Thank goodness we did! We had a fabulous experience.
I had the tofu scramble with veggie sausage, diced potatoes and pancakes – yes – VEGAN pancakes! I was so excited to have them as my side over toast! YUM!! I also had a coffee with soy milk
I have to say this was one of the best tofu scrambles I’ve ever had. I loved that the tofu was soft and fluffy rather than extra firm – which is what you typically get in a scramble. This time the service was great – our waiter was prompt and efficient. We will definitely be back!
**I do still wish they had apologized after I wrote them a letter after our visit last year but I’ll get over it
Prasino is located at:
1846 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
The new Native Foods location in the Loop is open! I went yesterday for lunch and was super excited to see the restaurant packed! I’m so happy there is such a desire for healthy vegan food in the Loop. I had such a difficult time deciding what to order – that’s what happens to me when I can actually eat everything on the entire menu! I opted for the Chicken Run Ranch Burger – seriously the best faux chicken I’ve ever had – delicious! Already looking forward to going back today. It’s a little pricey but well worth it. My sandwich was $9.95 – if I’d gotten the special of the day I’d have gotten a free side but to be honest this sandwich was totally enough to fill me up.
Chicago – Loop
map / directions
218 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Mon-Fri: 10:30am – 8pm
Sat: 10:30am – 4pm
Vapiano Chicago Review:
Last week I went to Vapiano on Clark in Chicago with a few girlfriends for dinner. The inside was very modern and I loved all the fresh herbs growing on lighted shelves and as table centerpieces. Unfortunately the bar isn’t open yet but its BYOB so we ran next door and grabbed a bottle of wine – there isn’t a corkage fee. It’s set up Food Life style – if you’re familiar with that restaurant in the bottom of Water Tower Place – meaning you get a card, walk around to different stations and swipe then at the end you check out at the front desk and pay for everything on your card. They make their pasta fresh daily – which is all vegan and they have plenty of vegan sauce options. I believe I read that their pizza dough is not vegan, but that’s fine, there are plenty of pastas and salads. Service was quick for the pasta, I stood there as they whipped it up. I did the pasta primavera but changed to the arrabiata sauce all with wheat pasta. There were barely any veggies and not enough sauce (and coming from me that definitely means something – I don’t like a lot of sauce or a lot of dressing on my salads). Basically I had a ton of wheat fusilli that had an odd texture. Almost seemed over-done, not sure how best to describe it but I wasn’t impressed. The homeless man outside the door ended up with a big container full of wheat fusilli dusted with sauce and no veggies since I’d eaten the few I had started with. Two girls split pizza and salad. They got the salad immediately but the pizza took just over 20 minutes. They seemed happy with their pizza but the salad toppings were sparse. I think they each got one pinenut :) My cousin also got pasta but in addition, had hoped to try the brushcetta. After an hour she told them to forget it. Not sure how pizza can take less time than bruschetta but whatever.
All in all it was ok. It would be a good place to take a large group of people or children as its easy for everyone in the party to get whatever they want and super easy to have split checks. The food wasn’t anything exciting so I really don’t plan on going back.
I love Argo Tea – they’re so great about offering vegan options! I’m pretty excited to try this vegan green tea muffin – something green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!
Friday we went to Roy’s in Chicago for Restaurant Week. I was there once a few years ago when I was just starting on the vegan road. I can’t remember what I had but I remember it being a good experience. I was not however offered their vegetarian menu which I discovered while researching Roy’s for Friday’s dinner. Friday afternoon I called to ask if they’d be able to veganize some things on the vegetarian menu. The woman on the phone was wonderful and said they’ve had their vegetarian menu for years and that my waiter would be happy to show me what is already vegan or what could be made vegan for me.
once you're seated they bring edamame to the table - it has the best seasoning on it I've ever had on edamame!
Once we arrived I was sure to ask the host to bring a vegetarian menu to the table for me. Next I told the waiter (who said he grew up vegetarian) and next thing I knew, the head chef was at our table asking me what I wanted for dinner! Let me just tell you that this place was super busy and it was restaurant week and in my mind I figured they’d be annoyed with all the “cheap” people and wouldn’t be into handling special requests but boy was I wrong! All 5 people I was with were ordering off the pre-fix, restaurant menu and I assumed I’d be getting an entree and that’s it. I was pleasantly surprised when the chef created a special pre-fix menu for me. Veggie sushi rolls for an appetizer, a delicious tofu dish as an entree and a black raspberry sorbet for dessert. Yes, I got a VEGAN DESSERT at a regular restaurant! AMAZING! I had packed a little Sjaak’s Peanut Butter Bite in my bag but I didn’t even need to eat it! Lucky me! Everything was delicious – my food as well as everyone else’s. We’ll definitely be back again soon. I really appreciate them taking the time to make me a happy customer. In addition to veg friendly meals, they also have a gluten free menu! Don’t miss out on the cocktails! The signature Hawaiian Martini was delicious as well as the Pineapple Ginger Mojito!
720 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Chipotle just rolled out a new vegan soup so I gave it a try at lunch yesterday. I was a bit confused when thinking it was a soup the guy kept asking what stuff I wanted on it. Basically they made it like a burrito bowl. I just added rice and the tomato salsa – which I’m glad I added something since otherwise it would’ve been just one ladle of soup! The soup itself is a spicy tomato with these giant soft corn kernels…I’m sure they have a name but I don’t really know what they were. It was pretty good. I certainly won’t be craving it or going out of my way to get it but since there is a Chipotle close to my office it’ll be nice to add into my lunch rotation to mix things up a bit. I really appreciate them offering a vegan soup – it’s so easy to do but not many places are that conscious still. The menu does refer to it as vegetarian rather than vegan but I read about it being vegan in Crain’s yesterday and then confirmed with the server that it was safe for me. I think they probably find it easier to call it vegetarian than vegan – the word vegan can still be a little scary to some people
Last night Eric and I went out for a fabulous Christmas dinner together at Le Colonial. We just can’t stop saying how much we loved getting gift certificates from Foodie Registry for our wedding. They’re the gifts that keep giving all year long.
Anyway, I had a fabulous vegan curry, the Tau Hu Cari – lightly fried tofu with eggplant, asparagus, mango, yams & cashew nuts in a yellow coconut curry sauce and the Goi Ngo Sen salad to start – Lotus root & tofu salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, & chili lime soy dressing. I can’t tell you how wonderful this all was! I wish I could’ve gotten a photo for you but it was a bit dark in there. All that was far too much food so I’m getting super excited to finish the left-over curry for lunch today! YUM! They also have a wonderful cocktail list – very fun and tropical – right up my alley!
The ambiance is great there as well. The downstairs seemed a bit more formal so we were happy to be seated upstairs where they had good music and even a great area to have drinks, or I suppose eat if seating is limited – with couches – super cozy for winter dining! Our waitress was wonderful and knowledgeable – we’ll definitely be back soon!
they’re located at 937 N Rush in Chicago
Friday night I finally got to try these and they’re AMAZING!! Eric loved them as well – he thought they tasted just like real cheese sticks – the only thing he noticed is they aren’t as firm as the real ones, but that didn’t bother me! I’m going to be addicted to these! I’m hoping eventually Chicago Soydairy will sell these at grocery stores so we can make them at home! In the meantime we’ll just be visiting Chicago Diner frequently (bonus – because $1 from each order goes to MFA!…see below).
From now until December 31st, you can purchase an order of the all-new vegan mozzarella sticks, served exclusively at the Chicago Diner, and $1 will be generously donated to Mercy For Animals’ work to protect farmed animals from needless cruelty.
Vegan food powerhouses The Chicago Diner and Chicago Soydairy have teamed up to share these all-new vegan mozzarella sticks, which feature which feature gooey Teese Cheese, a crunchy breaded crust and a side of marinara dipping sauce.
Additionally, $1 from every purchase of The Chicago Diner Cookbook will also benefit MFA, which is sure to make a great gift this holiday season.
Head on over to the Chicago Diner today, located at 3411 N. Halsted St., before this delicious deal comes to an end!
So excited for Vegan Week in Chicago!!!
The fifth annual World Go Vegan Week is taking place from October 24 through 31 this year! Vegan Week is an international campaign to promote a vegan diet as a compassionate, sustainable and healthy way of eating and living.
In celebration of World Go Vegan Week, Mercy For Animals and four classic Chicago eateries have collaborated to offer exciting, new vegan options for the week of October 24 – 31!
Chicagoans, be sure to dine out at one of the participating restaurants for an incredible, cruelty-free lunch or dinner. Also, join your friends from Mercy For Animals at special dine-out events taking place at each restaurant during Vegan Week!
New York Deli
2921 N. Clark St.
A vegan chicken-parm sandwich, available all week.
Clark St Dog
3040 N. Clark St.
Classic vegan hot dog with all the fixins, available all week.
Dine-out with MFA on Wed., Oct 27 at 7pm.
3463 N. Clark St.
Will be introducing the specialty Spicy Seitan Taco pizza pie, offered by-the-slice all week.
Dine-out is Friday, Oct 29 at 7pm.
2207 W. Montrose Ave.
Entire restaurant is going completely vegan on Saturday, Oct 30! Will offer vegan hot dogs, sausage dogs, ice cream, desserts, soups and more.
Dine-out is Sat, Oct 30 at 12 noon.
Yesterday afternoon we had a lovely meal at RJ Grunts in Chicago. We live a few blocks away and have never been, so we finally made a point to stop over. Everyone raves about the salad bar and they claim they were the founders of the salad bar idea. To be honest, I wasn’t drooling over it. So…I opted for the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with their homemade cottage fries. I had everything on the sandwich but instead of the cheese added avocado and it was delicious!