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The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted St. 773-935-6696
“Meat-free since ’83” is the motto at this restaurant, which looks like a classic American diner but serves vegetarian and vegan versions of comfort foods such as reuben sandwiches, country-fried steak and even a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. For a serious feast, order the Southern Style, a vegan platter of spicy buffalo wings, mac ’n’ cheese, greens, black-eyed peas and jalapeno corn fritters.
Tac Quick Thai Kitchen
3930 N. Sheridan Road. 773-327-5253
This eatery is known for the authentic dishes on its “secret” Thai language menu, but the regular menu features plenty of pan-fried noodle dishes and curry bowls that can be made with tofu instead of meat.
3112 N. Broadway. 773-404-3473
The vegetarian section of this Middle Eastern eatery’s menu features mujadara (a rice and lentil dish) and a mezza platter with falafel, hummus and baba ganoush. Whether you go meatless or not, portions are generous.
1023 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-4904
Vegans sick of being relegated to just a few choices when dining out will revel in the choices at this casual eatery, where everything on the menu—from the bacon cheeseburger to the meatball sub—is entirely plant-based. To drink, check out the short but affordable list of organic wines and local craft beers.
3109 N. Halsted St. 773-880-9155
This veggie-centric eatery puts meat-free spins on Mexican classics, including tofu enchiladas and soy chicken fajitas. A smoothie bar serves up healthy blends such as the Popeye made with kale, spinach and banana.
917 W. Belmont Ave. 773-929-1123
This long-time favorite for Northern Indian cuisine offers plenty of vegetarian dishes, including saag paneer (sauteed spinach with ginger, garlic and cheese), chana masala (garbanzo beans in a kicky curry) and melt-in-your-mouth spiced cabbage.