Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
1035 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Vegetarian/international. This family-owned vegetarian restaurant serves international fare--American, Italian, French, Mexican, and Middle Eastern dishes. Everything is homemade and prepared fresh.
100 East Jackson St., Carbondale, IL 62901
Vegetarian/café/bakery. Longbranch Café and Bakery has it all! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner Longbranch is sure to please with their wide variety of organic cuisine. From portabella burgers, to veggie fajitas, to black bean tacos, to grilled veggies with tofu, the vegan options are abundant. Their café offers vegan drinks and bakery items as well.
216 S. First St., Champaign, IL 61820
Mexican. You will find many vegetarian options here.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Westmont.)
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60646
Vegan/Korean. Enjoy unique vegan Korean cuisine at this terrific restaurant. Portions are huge, and the food is creatively presented. Try Maki Rolls, Vegan Tofu Young, vegan egg rolls, grilled dumplings, soups, vegan pancakes made from various batters, noodle-based dishes, plus much more! Amitabul is located between Huntington Street & Raven Street in Norwood Park.
2508 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Vegan/Indian. Arya Bhavan specializes in North and South Indian vegan cuisine. Selections include Tadka Dal (lentils cooked with ginger, garlic & spices), Potato Batani Korma (fried dumplings of lentils in a gravy of poppy seeds, chilies & garlic), and Paper Masala Dosa (crepes filled with potatoes & onions). They offer an all raw evening buffet on Mondays. Try their delicious weekend dinner buffet.
1450 E 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Vegan. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park, B'Gabs Goodies offers organic, raw foods, juices, and smoothies. Notable menu items include veggie burgers, burritos, and sloppy Joes made with greens, veggies, and seeds.
3411 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657
2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Vegetarian/American/eclectic. The Chicago Diner, the hub for the animal rights movement in the Midwest, serves an eclectic menu of vegetarian comfort food. All items are vegan or have a vegan option. Their bakery specializes in vegans sweets and can create the wedding cake of your dreams. The owners have traveled extensively and are dedicated to promoting healthy eating for the sake of humans, the planet, and animals. The Chicago Diner has been "Meat Free Since '83" and is worth a visit when in the Windy City. The Halsted Street location is in Lakeview. The Milwaukee Avenue location is in Logan Square and is closed on Tuesdays.
1824 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Italian. Start your meal with the Club Lucky Veggie Antipasti, then choose from such favorites as spicy homemade penne arrabiata and eggplant parmigiana.
3038 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618
Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Cousin's Incredible Vitality is an organic and raw foods restaurant with an all-vegetarian menu; if not for bee pollen in some beverages, it would be completely vegan. Enjoy Mediterranean Noodles, RAWvioli, Rainbow Guacamole, Live Pizza, Triple Taco, and a wide selection of non-dairy cheesecakes. A Living Buffet is offered all day every day for a great price. More than just a restaurant, Cousin's hosts frequent events including classes, workshops, lectures, and cooking demos; their store sells books, prepared food for carry-out, organic ingredients, and live food boxes.
3827 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Vegetarian/café/coffeehouse. Delicious Café is an almost entirely vegan café (the only exception is the availability of dairy milk for beverages) in North Center. Stop in for a quick bite or to relax with a coffee and vegan sweet.
1616 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
International. Feast considers itself a "neighborhood restaurant with a global beat." For dinner try the mixed baby greens with grilled asparagus or the penne pasta with pine nuts and sundried tomatoes.
835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Natural foods. This unique restaurant is set up with 13 different kitchen areas, almost like a food court, with names like "Mother Earth Grains" (which is mostly vegetarian), Asian, "Mighty Nice," and "Miracle Juice Bar." Dishes found at these areas range from soy burgers to portabello mushrooms to Tuscan veggies and much more. A very unique dining experience.
355 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Vegan/natural foods/organic. The Great Taste Café is a sustainable and eco-friendly restaurant located in downtown Chicago. With an emphasis on organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, their completely vegan and gluten-free menu is fresh and flavorful. Formerly The Balanced Kitchen, the Great Taste Café is on the 2nd floor of the Holmes Place Fitness Center, but they are open to the general public.
1460 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Natural foods. This hip yet intimate restaurant is almost entirely vegetarian, with a concentration on raw foods and organics. The seasonal menu often includes Jerusalem artichoke soup; curry-spiced eggplant potstickers with pickled cucumbers; an avocado panna cotta made with tomato gelée, créme fraiche, and sweet corn chips; shiitake mushrooms rolled in cabbage and potatoes; and Hawaiian heart of palm with kaffir lime and Thai basil chili. Reservations recommended.
3315 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Vegetarian/natural foods/eclectic. Ground Control is an eclectic vegetarian restaurant serving American classics along with original dishes. Vegan items are noted on the menu along with those dishes that can be made vegan upon request (which is quite a lot!). Try Seitan Tacos, Southern Fried Tofu, Avocado Pineapple Salad, or the Curried Chick Pea Salad Sandwich. Ground Control is located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.
2311 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
American. This bicycle-themed restaurant located in Wicker Park has daily drink specials, a beer garden, and late night kitchen service. Veggie menu items include vegan French toast, breakfast burrito, Buffalo "chicken" wrap, BBQ seitan sandwich, ground nut stew, and blackened tofu fajitas.
7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626
Natural foods. Open since 1976, this restaurant serves "good wholesome foods for the mind and body" in a comfortable environment. Feast on appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, pizza, and vegetarian specialties. There is late-night music and dancing on winter weekends and outdoor dining during warm months. The café is accompanied by a general store that features holistic and political magazines, and merchandise.
2132 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618
American. Try the vegetarian chili, soba noodles, veggie burrito, or one of the other vegetarian options.
613 W. Briar Pl., Chicago, IL 60657
Vegan/café. Kitchen 17 is an all-vegan café featuring sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. Try delicious selections like the Rosemary Veggie Burger, Not Chicken Salad Sandwich, Tofu Skewers, or Build Your Own Pizza. Kitchen 17 is located between Broadway and Orchard Streets in the Lakeview area of Chicago.
5317 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Café. Decorated with clocks that show the time in different zones around the world and an area with pillow seating and low tables where customers must remove their shoes, the owners of this establishment aim to show customers many different world cultures in one café. While taking in all the sights, don't forget to try one of the international dishes on the mostly vegetarian menu. Also, the home of an international shop selling travel books, clothing, jewelry, and arts and crafts from around the world.
838 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Vegan/natural foods. It is clear that a little bit of love is a key ingredient in all of Loving Heart’s fresh and wholesome dishes. Fresh veggies and herbs are a staple in their salads, wraps, and noodle bowls. Try the Green Deva salad with a host of vegetables, roasted peanuts, parsley, and a special ginger pesto. If you haven’t gotten your fill, check out their selection of raw cakes.
1742 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
Vegetarian/contemporary. Mana Food Bar is a warm, inviting restaurant offering an all-vegetarian menu of international fare. They have an enclosed heated patio for outdoor dining that is open most of the year. Mana is located in Wicker Park.
2548 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Vegetarian/Indian. Mysore Woodlands specializes in Southern Indian cuisine. Options include a variety of appetizers, soups, uthappam (Indian style pancakes), dosai (rice crepes filled with vegetables and legumes), curries, rice, bread, and more.
1484 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
1023 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
218 S. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60604
1518 E. Harper Ct., Chicago, IL 60615
Vegan/natural foods/organic. Native Foods uses tempeh, seitan, and textured vegetable protein (TVP) to make many of the dishes found at this all-vegan restaurant. Try the Jerk Burger made with spicy grilled seitan, a mock fish sandwich called the Moby Dick, Indonesian tempeh chips, or Japanese buckwheat noodle stir-fry called Yakisoba. The location on East Harper is behind Hyatt Place Hotel at Harper Court.
1411 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Middle Eastern. For over 30 years, Old Jerusalem has been serving Middle Eastern favorites from falafel and hummus to baba ghanouj and tabbouleh. There is a vegetarian section on the menu with appetizers and entrées available.
2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Vegetarian/juice bar. This restaurant has gathered a strong following. Owen & Alchemy provides a very earthy, health conscious tone to the bustling city lifestyle. They offer three cleanses, available in one, three or five day increments. If you’re interested in individual drinks, they offer an extensive menu of juices. For a sweet, earthy juice we recommend trying there #36 with beet, carrot, ginger, and organic Himalayan sea salt or for a traditional green juice try their #2 featuring kale, romaine, napa cabbage, parsley, celery, cucumber, and organic Himalayan sea salt. If a cleanse isn’t what your interested in then Owen & Alchemy has a hefty menu of bowls, salads, smoothies, and shakes.
131 N. Clinton St., Ste. 7, Chicago, IL 60661
51 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60661
Vegan/raw foods/organic. If you're looking for a cutting-edge vegan raw foods menu with an array of spreads, salads, and entré;es to entertain your taste buds, you will love Raw! Featuring all organic ingredients, creative selections include mock egg salad (made with coconut meat), collard burrito, sweet potato pancake, and chili croquettes. Additionally, Raw offers raw food prep classes along with a small retail section. Please note that Raw on Clinton is for take-out only as they are a food vendor located at the Chicago French Market. The location on Huron does offer limited seating and is open daily for three meals.
2423 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
5255 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Persian. There are more than 20 clearly listed vegetarian appetizers at Reza's, including Vegetable Casserole, Roasted Zucchini in Tomato Sauce, and Eggplant Steak. Vegetarian platters are also served, as well as six different veggie combination lunches. Reza's also offers an elegant 20s style décor, outdoor seating when weather permits, and a seated bar.
77 E. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60604
Russian. This elegant, upscale Russian restaurant offers unmatched hospitality and a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Several traditional vegetarian appetizers and entrées are clearly marked on the menu, including dishes like potato pancakes, grilled portobello mushrooms, Baked Eggplant stuffed with sautéed vegetables, Mung Bean and Vegetable Stew, stuffed green bell peppers, and many others.
205 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619
Vegetarian/soul food. Various ethnic dishes are featured at Soul Vegetarian, including African, Middle Eastern, and American fare. Examples include Vegetarian Ribs, Tofu Fish, Sunflower-Seed Burger, and Split Pea and Chickenless Noodle Soup. Except for the occasional use of honey, the dishes are vegan.
11 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611
Thai. All dishes can be prepared without meat or with tofu or veggie substitutes.
2543 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Vegetarian/Indian. Udupi Palace features traditional southern Indian cuisine. They recommend the Masala Dosa as the "most popular item," but they also feature vegetarian appetizers, breads, soups curries, rice specialties, and entrées. Udupi Palace is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
2054 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
Vegan/café. Upton's Breakroom is an all-vegan café in West Town. Menu items are inexpensive and tasty. Try their Tempeh Sandwich, Fried Bacon Mac, Pastrami Sandwich, or BLT -- everything is vegan! The café is attached to Upton's Naturals factory; they manufacture seitan products.
1605 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Vegan/Thai. Urban Vegan offers an extensive all-vegan menu of Thai cuisine along with some American favorites. Enjoy such dishes as Yellow Curry, Papaya Salad, Pad Thai, Wonton Noodle Soup, or Grilled Tofu Burger. Make sure to try their daily lunch or dinner combinations for a lot of food at a great price. Wheat-free menus are available. Urban Vegan is located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Reservations are accepted.
2629 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Vegetarian/Indian. Uru Swati offers authentic Indian cuisine in a not-so-traditional space. 3D sky scrapers decorate the walls of this unique restaurant. Want to keep things funky? Order the Paper Masala Dosa. This lentil and rice crepe is easily as long as your arm and is paired with deliciously spiced potatoes.
3109 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657
Vegetarian/natural foods. Vegetarian Express wants to provide delicious vegetarian food that everyone can afford. They create homemade, unprocessed, and creative dishes using their own original recipes and provide vegan, raw, and gluten-free selections in order to accommodate all customers. Mostly for take-out, there are a few tables if you want to eat in. Free parking is available in the CVS lot next door. Vegetarian Express is located in Lakeview.
970 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Borrowed Earth Café offers organic and raw cuisine in an eclectic setting. Their all-vegan menu includes the, "I Can't Believe It's Not An Egg Salad Sandwich." All food is made-to-order, but is also available for take-out or in weekly or monthly food boxes. Located in downtown Downers Grove, Borrowed Earth Café frequently features classes, workshops, and guest speakers.
110 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
Vegetarian/ice cream parlor. Brain Freeze Ice Cream Shop offers vegan soy ice cream! They also feature Italian Ice and specialty beverages. Brain Freeze is located in the heart of downtown Elmhurst. Cash only.
525 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60201
International. The Chicago area is fortunate to benefit from this fantastic restaurant. Service is excellent, and the food is always delicious. Vegans can enjoy several seitan dishes, including a terrific barbecue sandwich, noodle-based dishes with tofu, plus much more. Be sure to sample their vegan chocolate cake! Please note that the cheeses in the Pasta Rapini dish contain animal rennet.
741 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202
Vegan/natural foods. Amazing Kale Burger is a great place to eat if you’re health-conscious, or even just if you’re in the mood to try a new twist on the classic American burger. The burger, which is made of the freshest ingredients, is conveniently soy free, gluten free, and completely vegan. The burger is available with one-of-a-kind tasty sounding sides, including, for example, fresh salsa or beetBQ sauce which sound like they would perfectly accompany the veggie burger!
89 S. Seminary St., Galesburg, IL 61401
Natural foods store/deli. Cornucopia is a natural foods store in the small community of Galesburg. They offer sandwiches, salads, and soups in their deli, many of which are vegetarian and/or vegan. The sandwiches are made on the fresh made-in-house breads and are a great value.
9 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL 60525
Indian. Kama Indian Bistro has over 25 vegetarian and vegan items. From appetizers and soups to breads and entrées, vegan dishes include Eggplant Bharta, Okra do Piazza, and Yellow Dal. The menu notes what is vegetarian, vegan, or can be made vegan. They also offer 50 gluten-free items.
928 S. State St., Lockport, IL 60441
Vegan/raw foods. Thanks Jordan Vegan Café is completely run by volunteers. All proceeds go to Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. Enjoy raw food items including soups, salads, and wraps at the Vegan Café. Live music is featured on Fridays and Saturdays.
4080 Steele Dr., MacHesney Park, IL 61115
Vegan/bar. Pig Minds Brewing Co. is an entirely vegan bar, brewery, and restaurant. With appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sides, vegan burgers, tacos, and desserts, you’ll never go hungry here. For drinks, they offer wines, sodas, and beer. Pig Minds Brewing Co. also has live bands perform and organizes activities such as Thursday Trivia. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s a meal for you, be it fresh cut fries, a soy buffalo wrap, or a pumpkin carrot cupcake!
1606 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265
Vietnamese. Traditional curry dishes, tofu, and mock meats are featured in the vegetarian menu section.
114 E. Beaufort St., Normal, IL 61761
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/deli. The Coffeehouse and Deli is completely vegetarian with many vegan options. Breakfast is served all day. Try vegan selections like the Falafel Pita Pocket or Spicy Tofu Sandwich. The Coffeehouse hosts live music and other events. Free Wi-Fi is available.
40 N. Tower Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523
Persian. See description under Chicago, IL.
1031 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301
Indian. Enjoy classical Indian music as you dine on a wide variety of dishes, including spicy vegetable dishes, garbanzo beans and potatoes, vegetable rice dishes, and more.
104 N. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60301
Vegetarian/American. Located in downtown Oak Park, Munch is a vegetarian café specializing in grab-n-go food. There are many vegan and gluten-free items. Try the Vegetable Lasagna or Coconut Yams. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Peoria Heights.)
5901 N. Prospect Rd., Ste. 5A, Peoria, IL 61614
Natural foods. At Cyd's, you can enjoy gourmet meals including veggie burgers, veggie sandwiches, and veggie lasagna. They even offer vegan mayo! Outdoor seating is available.
1245 W. Main St., Peoria, IL 61606
Vegetarian/coffeehouse. This restaurant's eclectic menu has vegetarian dishes marked with the symbol of the one Earth and vegan dishes with two. Enjoy music from a live band, poetry, or theater--depending on when you're there--and be sure to check out the international gift shop.
15417 S. Vincennes Rd., Phoenix, IL 60426
Vegan/raw foods/café/juice bar. Unity Café features a wide variety of appetizers including BBQ Tips and Sweet Potato Frids. They also offer wraps and sandwiches such as Jerk Tofu and Falafel, as well as tacos. The café is near the neighborhood of Harvey.
509 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356
Natural foods store/juice bar. Austin Parker Naturals is a natural foods store in the heart of the midwest. Experience the goodness of fruit in wild combinations and the tastiness of vegetables blended as one in Jaya Juice Bar (located within the store). Try the Vegtacular (carrot, celery, beet, and lemon juices). They also offer a few delicious veggie sandwiches and wraps.
4431 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
1659 N. Alpine St., Rockford, IL 61107
2636 McFarland Rd., Rockford, IL 61108
American. Enjoy several vegetarian dishes at this café, including raisin/walnut French toast for breakfast and salads, roasted vegetable focaccia, veggie burgers, grilled vegetables, pasta dishes, roasted portobello mushrooms, and more.
Fashion Outlets Of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlet Way, Rosemont, IL 60018
Vegetarian/fast food. Maoz is a mostly vegan restaurant. Each meal is served with chips and juice. One of the most highly recommended items on the menu is the falafel. The restaurant originated in Holland and is vegetarian for ethical reasons.
730 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194
Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Chicago, IL.
4120 W. Dempster St., Skokie, IL 60076
Kosher dairy. Slice of Life is a dairy kosher restaurant that serves Italian, Mexican, and vegetarian foods. An eclectic menu lists a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soups, pasta, sandwiches, and vegetarian entrées. A children's section is on the menu. Slice of Life is located between Kedvale and Karlov Avenues. Reservations are recommended.
306 W. Springfield, Urbana, IL 61801
Natural foods store. This natural foods store has a café, deli, bakery, and an in-house nutritionist. You can easily make a meal out of their vegetarian chili, soup, salad, sandwich, calzone, pizza, quiche, and other choices.
126 West Main St., Urbana, IL 61802
Vegetarian/organic/juice bar. The Dancing Dog Eatery and Juicery is a casual yet chic restaurant located in the Champaign- Urbana area. The tasty meals here are prepared with multiple meat-free substitutes like tofu, seitan, and tempeh to bring your favorite comfort foods in healthier form. Serving breakfast plates such as the Tofu Scramble Burrito and old-time lunch sandwiches like Grilled Cheeze and the Seitan Rueben. Plant-based entrees like Eggplant Lasagne and Dairy Free desserts like Chocolate Moose Pie and Frozen Lemonade Pie beg taste-buds of meat-eaters to surrender to new alternatives. Don’t miss the Juice and Smoothie bar offering Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothies and Blueberry Cobbler Smoothies made with almond milk, banana, blueberries, carrot, and granola.
1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana, IL 61801
Vegetarian/café/eclectic. The Red Herring is a vegetarian restaurant and coffeehouse located in the basement of a building on the campus of the University of Illinois. They are a part of the Channing Murray Foundation, a non-profit organization. All foods are made from scratch, and organic ingredients are used when possible. The menu features international dishes and homemade baked goods. They serve their own fair trade, organic coffee and have Wi-Fi. Come and volunteer for an hour for a free meal. They sometimes have extended hours when the University is in session so call ahead. Cash only.
806 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Apple Valley Natural Foods is a completely vegetarian natural foods store. Enjoy their hot food bar, deli, and salad bar. They are located in St. James Crossing Plaza.
655 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL 60559
Vegetarian/Indian. A varied and extensive menu of well-prepared Indian foods is served in a friendly atmosphere. Incense and Indian music enhance the dining experience. Shree is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
341 E. Dundee Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090
Vegan. The Purple Sprout offers a wide selection of vegan fare with many gluten-free and raw options. For breakfast, stop in for crepes filled with either fruit or a chickpea and vegetable scramble. The lunch/dinner menu offers interesting selections such as the raw cashew and basil pizza, or the black bean and hemp burger. In addition, be sure to see what is available in their constantly changing deli and hot food cases. They offer a wide range of desserts, many of which are also raw. At the juice bar you will find an amazing array of fresh juices, juice blends, smoothies, and shots.
110 S. Johnson St., Woodstock, IL 60098
Vegetarian/Mediterranean. Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties serves vegetarian food with a Mediterranean flair. Enjoy falafel, pita pocket sandwiches, hummus, salads, soups, and sampler plates. Many items are vegan and are noted as such on the menu. Prices are great and daily specials are offered as well.