Even non-vegetarians know Chicago Diner. The vibe is that of a normal, everyday diner, albeit with soy whip, tofu and tempeh on the giant menu. And since the concept has been serving Chicagoans since 1983, you better believe they've got some tried-and-true eats on offer. The housemade tamales are topped with pepita mole verde, while the Thai chili wings are coated in a chili-lime marinade and served with Sriracha ranch dipping sauce. It doesn't matter what time of day it is—a vegan milkshake is always in order at Chicago Diner.
Chicago has long been known for its piled-high hot dogs and messy Italian beef sandwiches, but that doesn't mean that we don't eat our veggies. In fact, the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Chicago come in all shapes and sizes: Some are uber-healthy and all-raw, while others emulate indulgent meaty favorites. And over the last 10 years or so, a new wave of veggie-forward restaurants has created a happy middle ground for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're on the hunt for a vegan milkshake, tofu wings or a salad filled with goodies from nearby farms, there's a spot on this list for you. Take a look at the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Chicago.
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