An Oldie But a Goodie:
While there are a lot of new vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Chicago, like Urban Vegan, let’s not forget about an old friend. Amitabul, located on the Northwest side of Chicago, is one of my favorite restaurants for healthy vegan food. It’s a low-key eatery that never disappoints. Meals are fresh, tasty and healthy. The flavorful food excludes oil and salt and you would never know it. If you go, try the healing energy soup at your preferred spice level. It’s delicious and you will feel great. Amitabul serves large portions, so plan on taking some home to enjoy the next day, or better yet, share with a friend. Don’t go for the ambiance because there isn’t any. Go for the food. Check out the menu and go support a long, established and local vegan business.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from Noon-9pm.
A New Kid on the Block:
Earlier this week, I received an invitation to the Native Foods’ pre-opening party at the new Wicker Park location. Native Foods is a vegan restaurant chain out of Southern California. The pre-opening party gave employees, wearing “eat sunshine” t-shirts, a chance to practice on customers. Dinner was generously on the house, but drinks were on us. At only $2 a glass, it was okay that the wine sucked, because the food did not.
Sitting outside with the “L” tracks just behind us, my boyfriend ate the Portobello and Sausage Burger with a side salad and I gobbled up the Chicken Run Ranch Burger with a side of kale salad. Both were delicious. For dessert, we devoured a Boogie Bar and Strawberry Shortcake Parfait. Also yummy.
Unlike most veg restaurants, Native Foods spells chicken like chicken and cheese like cheese. It spells all traditionally non-vegan foods like normal — no “Chiken” in quotes here. The menu states that the restaurant is 100% plant-based. Check out the Chicago menu and take your omnivore friends to Native Foods. It’s as mainstream as it can get and still be vegan.
The Wicker Park location (1484 N Milwaukee Ave.) officially opens its doors August 9. Lakeview (1023 W Belmont Ave.) opens August 29 and the Loop (218 S Clark St.) will follow in September.
P.S. Enter online to win your chance to attend a Chicago opening.