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Brightwok Kitchen Ready to Sizzle on Saturday in The Loop

Stir fries and salads fuel this fast-casual spot.

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Those looking for a fast-casual Southeast Asian lunch solution in the Loop will have a new contender on Saturday when Brightwok Kitchen officials opens. They've wiped out any signs that the space at 21 E. Adams St. was an America's Dog and replaced it with a restaurant centered on stir fry and decorated with works from local artists.

Diners can customize their own rice bowl or salad at the counter using antibiotic-free chicken and steak or pick tofu or extra veggies. Brightwok and its 45 seats wants to cater to all dietary needs, so it's vegan and gluten-free friendly. If diners don't want to fret about choices, they can always select from chef Kolter Livengood's favorites, including the "Eat Right Stir Fry" (Thai basil sauce, chicken, peppers, broccoli, carrots, onions with brown rice). Livengood (yes that's his real name) and Brightwok founder Jeremy Klaben both wanted a place that serves healthy food. Klaben formerly worked for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' M Burger.

The restaurant shares some similarities with Fuh and Glazed Teriyaki Grill, both of which opened in July. But at Brightwok, there's a focus on organic and local items, so don't expect to find Pepsi or Coke. Instead there's ginger beer from Filbert's Soda Co. and Johnnie Ryan Cola. Take a peek at the photos above the menu below.

Brightwok Kitchen, soft opening on Friday, officially open on Saturday. Open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 21 E. Adams St., carry out available.

Brightwok Kitchen Menu