Chicago knows burgers, hot dogs, pizza, but we also have some great spots that leave out the meat, here are our picks for vegetarian options…
Hip decor meets vegan deliciousness at Karyn’s on Green. Whether it’s their wonderful butternut squash soup or jerry’s pizza (paper thin crust, wild mushrooms, vegan cheese, fresh basil & garlic), this place does not disappoint. They warn that their honey is not vegan but obtained from local beekeepers…like that’s a bad thing. 130 S. Green St. in the West Loop. Average plate- $11.
Sure, drinking a few good beers is fun, but hit up one of these special spots for a masterfully made cocktail….
the violet hour.
You deserve a fancy cocktail. At the Violet Hour, a specially designed mixed drink is waiting for you, their menu consisting of just about 40 drinks, is designed to “wow” even the most pretentious cocktail connoisseur. Specialty ingredients like green chartreuse, rose water, creme de cocoa really make the drinks. Try and drop by earlier as the place does fill up. Dress formally and expect to pay around $12 per drink. 1520 N. Damen ave.
Behold, these restaurants are notorious for line waiting & awkward moments standing near doorways, BUT these establishments are also prominently known for their most excellent dishes. Leave a little early and enjoy….
Great Lake does not imply pizza, but that’s surely what they specialize in. Although it’s not massive Chicago style, it’ll be some of the most memorable, their crust is thin & airy and the pie melts in your mouth. Lines tend to be long partly due to the eaterie’s small size; the price begins around $25 but the specialty pizzas are way worth the rate. Indulge at 1477 W Balmoral Ave. BYOB.
The capital of the Midwest packs a punch when it comes to sushi, enjoy the colors as we recommend some of our favorite places for maki, sashimi, & beautiful rolls…
Let’s begin with a tasty local option in Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. A 5 minute walk from the hostel (2473 N. Clark St.) this place serves imaginative maki that leaves your taste buds begging for more. In addition, their tempura (seafood and/or vegetables in a fried batter) proves to be a warm delight on a chilly autumn evening. Enjoy with some of their signature sake (traditional Japanese warm wine made from rice). Average maki: $8.
We are in a most excellent Chicago neighborhood for dining. Whether you want a quick carry out, or a nice dining experience, try these…
Middle Eastern fast food without the enormous calorie counts or grease. Sultan’s Market is fast, fresh, & flavorful. Choose from a vast salad bar, delicious shwarma sandwiches, or plentiful dinner plates. You may want to choose carry out as seating is very limited. Just make a left out of the hostel, and a left on Clark St.
Taste the flavor of Asian culture in Chicago cuisine. Whether its Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or Thai, we have some wonderful recommendations for you.
Tank Noodle has become quite the local icon for best Vietnamese food. In fact, they are located in the Vietnamese-influenced side of Uptown (Broadway & Argyle). “You’d swear they’ve got a sushi chef trapped in the kitchen, though: dishes are presented with fussy attention to color and arrangement, and rarely do vegetables, meat, or noodles seem over- or undercooked.” states their website, and this rings true, just be prepared to be confronted with crowds on a weekend evening. We recommend the Signature Pho.
Behold Chicago’s great BBQ joints, the sunshine is here, get a delicously flavorful experience at any of these highly recommended locations:
Chicago Q offers a great fusion of Southern hospitality & savory grilled entrees. We recommend the BBq Flight (kobe brisket, pulled pork, & pulled chicken) to get a great taste of what this place is about. 1160 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast.
Chicago is the diverse dining capital of the U.S., so many ethnicities, so many inexpensive & delicious restaurants….
Spanish dining is too much fun. At Cafe Iberico, the tapas is cost-efficient, delicious, and always fresh. Tapas is defined as: are a wide variety of appetizers, or dishes, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried mushrooms, steak, tilapia, or squid). In select bars in Spain, as well as some parts of North America and the United Kingdom, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. Also, the sangria (sweet Spanish wine) is a delectable drink, sold by the pitcher or glass. Average $ per person: $15.
Looking for a delicious & wholesome morning meal? We get asked a lot. You never know where the night will take you, but come morning, you can bank on these locations serving some hearty breakfast & brunches; here are our recommendations….
Welcome to the The Bourgeois Pig, nestled in a quiet nook on Fullerton Ave., this charming little cafe/eatery is a 5 minute walk from our front door. The menu reflects an extensive line of coffee drinks, memorable smoothies, & some great sandwich items, whether your looking for that hearty breakfast sandwich, or a vegan friendly lunch option. We recommend the Jamaican Latte (perfect blend of coffee & a little honey) as a formidable day-starter.