Yes, Chicago may have a reputation as a carnivore's paradise, but that doesn't mean vegetarians should stuff their bags with dried tofu before coming here. In recent years, more and more local restaurants have made an effort to accommodate non-meat eaters. While you can order a green salad or vegetable pasta almost anywhere, here are some places where veggie offerings are the main event.
Reza's, 5255 N. Clark St. (tel. 773/561-1898) a sprawling Middle Eastern spot in Andersonville, may specialize in giant mixed-meat kebabs, but their vegetarian plates are generous, flavorful mixes of hummus, tabbouleh, and other traditional dishes. At the Southern spot Wishbone, in the West Loop, veggie lovers can create their own sampler plates by selecting from a wide range of side dishes.
In Wrigleyville, Yoshi's Café, 3257 N. Halsted St. (tel. 773/248-6160) also offers a regular selection of vegetarian dishes featuring the restaurant's signature blend of French and Asian flavors. Nearby, The Chicago Diner, 3411 N. Halsted St. (tel. 773/935-6696) might sound like the kind of place you load up on greasy burgers, but it's actually one of the city's best and longest-lasting vegetarian restaurants. (Most dishes are vegan, too.) The wide-ranging menu includes salads, sandwiches (including a "California Reuben" with seitan instead of corned beef), tacos, and pastas; for dessert, try a peanut butter or vanilla chai vegan milkshake.
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