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Nov 05, 2019

5 Best Chicago Vegetarian restaurants

Purple Pig


Photo courtesy of Chicago Magazine

So maybe vegetarian dishes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you consider going to a restaurant called the Purple Pig, but this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has some awesome-looking vegetable plates that won’t leave you feeling like you are eating sides meant for a meat and three plate. Try the salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachio butter, and you might just discover beets are a vegetable you can’t live without!

The Chicago Diner, Logan Square


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Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of delicious options to choose from at this well-established eatery. “Meat-free since ‘83” and offering ample seating in a sleek and casual atmosphere, those with special dietary concerns will find The Chicago Diner very accommodating. Their radical Reuben is so good you won’t believe it’s meat-free! Be sure to check out their bakery, brunch, and kid-friendly vegetarian options, too.

True Food Kitchen


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This eco-conscious chain offers many options for enjoying their food with plenty of vegetarian and vegan fare. With a rotating, seasonal menu you’re sure to find something new to try every time you visit - they even offer vegan pizza and burgers!



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With Chicago locations in the River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market, and Oak Brook neighborhoods, this modern cafe offers a variety of healthy fare with vegetarian options so good you’ll never miss the meat. Try the mushroom & quinoa burger with swiss cheese, baby kale, kennebec fries, sriracha aioli or the vegan truffled mushroom risotto.

WhirlyBall Chicago


Have fun and eat your vegetables too! Your favorite place to play WhirlyBall and drink Craft Beer also accommodates those that prefer their meals to be meat-free. Try our superfood- packed market salad with arugula, kale, cabbage, cherry tomato, red onion, dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and topped with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. You also can’t go wrong with our roasted veggie-loaded pizza or our roasted veggie street tacos.