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 samosas are filled with spicy potatoes and green peas, 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.
Italian beef sandwiches, steakhouses and hot dogs piled high with toppings are a few of the things Chicago is most famously known for, but locals love their veggies as well. In fact, there are numerous places around town that focus solely on meatless specialties. From a classic diner that’s been in business since 1983 to an upscale Asian fusion newcomer, these following spots showcase plant-based dining with a variety of creative dishes. You’ll find sushi made with dehydrated fruit, craveable burgers, outstanding Indian fare and much more. And don’t forget to leave room for a milkshake at the end. So check out our guide to the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Chicago for a great veggie-forward meal.
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