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14 Vegetarian and Vegan Options For Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

Even Tom Brady would approve of these meatless dishes

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Hall of Fame member and former Kansas City Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez is vegan.
| Photo by Matt A. Brown/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images

Chicago’s long and painful winter is in full swing now but we have Super Bowl Sunday to look forward to. Maybe folks tune in for the riveting halftime show or just want an excuse to indulge in some tasty appetizers while stress watching the Puppy Bowl. While Buffalo wings and pepperoni pizza may come to mind as typical game day snacks, there are plenty of plant-based appetizers that are just as delicious and satisfying as the traditional meat ones. Chicago has a plethora of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants that have fans covered for parties of one or more. So leave the five-hour cooking marathon for another day and revel in these dynamic vegetarian and vegan appetizers available for takeout and delivery. The pandemic might have put a damper on the party, but it doesn’t have to ruin snack plans. Check out these global options from restaurants all over the city.

As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room, or 25 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cinnaholic

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1404 E Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 420-3831
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Get a baker’s box of vegan cinnamon rolls ($34.50 for a half dozen) and try an assortment of what Cinnaholic has to offer. Seasonal options include the hot chocolate and praline roll while classics include the decadent Cookie Monster Roll, Ube Delight, and Campfire S’more Roll. Binge on some edible vegan cookie dough if cinnamon rolls aren’t your cup of tea. A Wicker Park location is opening soon.

2. Urban Vegan

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1601-1603 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-1109
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Obsessed with Thai food but have to be careful with the fish/oyster sauce? Urban Vegan is known for its distinct vegan Thai and pan-Asian cuisine. Change up the game day snacks with red chili dumplings, fried shishito peppers, or one of the dinner combos that come with an entree, spring rolls, and a house salad for $12.95.

3. Galit

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2429 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-8755
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Ever since Galit opened, it has wowed critics and diners alike with its unique approach to Middle Eastern and Israeli cuisine. Those looking for a more upscale Super Bowl celebration can try their $69 vegetarian meal for two featuring tahini hummus, ezme, labneh, olives, falafel, glazed carrots, roasted beets, saffron rice, and pita. Or try some a la carte snacks such as their wood-roasted sweet potatoes, beets, and challah bread pudding.

4. The Moonlighter

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3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8896
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Moonlighter has iconic vegan wings that will even impress meat-eating friends — the closest to the carnivorous version that the city has to offer. Try the beer cheese pretzel for the nostalgia and mustard and cider-glazed Brussels sprouts to feel better about eating your veggies.

5. Xurro - Churro Factory

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3755 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-9525
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Don’t forget about dessert: Xurro has a plethora of options ranging from heavenly churros filled with chocolate and strawberry to a s’mores churro sandwich and milkshakes to inhale while stressing out about which puppy will win.

6. Handlebar

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2311 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-9546
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Handlebar has iconic game day food such as its notorious fried pickles served with vegan ranch and chili cheese fries that can be made vegan or vegetarian. Those wanting greens with their vegan junk food can get the fried chicken salad with seitan. For a super special celebration, order the beloved Bloody Hammer so you can dip the fried pickles in your Bloody Mary.

7. Pizza Friendly Pizza

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1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2483
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There is no Super Bowl without pizza when living in a city full of luscious options. Chomp on Pizza Friendly Pizza’s Sicilian-style pan pie with rapini and lemon, which can be made vegan on request, or a Supreme, which can be served meat-free. Diners may even feel fancy when eating maitake mushrooms and Castelvetrano olives on pizza. Grab a slice for $4.50 or a whole pie for $33.

8. ALTHEA

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700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 525-3400
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Being vegan in Chicago no longer means missing out on cheese plates and deep dish pizza. Althea has an vegan cheese plate for $22 with porcini truffle, harissa jack cheddar, and wine-soaked mascarpone cheese served with fennel crackers. For Super Bowl Sunday, Althea has vegan deep dish pizza and beer special ($16) so patrons can really get in the game day spirit.

9. Moti Cafe

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70 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-3636
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Explore Indian-American street food at Moti by starting out with a tikka pizza sprinkled with the restaurant’s special sauce and a zesty cilantro-lime drizzle. For dessert, try the fabulous Moticakes with strawberries and a generous amount of Nutella on top.

10. Upton's Breakroom

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2054 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 872-7838
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While Upton’s is known for their vegan seitan and jackfruit cooking products, Upton’s Breakroom has incredible vegan snacks that are perfect for watching the Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl. Chow down on a crispy vegan nacho plate loaded with its famous seitan chorizo, beans, salsa, cheese sauce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeño, cream, and cilantro. Upton’s vegan fried bacon mac is also a crowd pleaser. While picking up an order, snag some vegan treats from their new operation, Liberation Donuts.

11. Sunda Chicago

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110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0500
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Looking for something healthy and vegan? Look no further than Sunda’s vegan feast for $60 (serves two), which includes spicy edamame, Brussels sprouts, miso cauliflower, eggplant bao buns, and pad Thai tofu. If you’re a sushi fan, you can also try some vegan sushi à la carte. Perhaps you’re vegan and gluten-free? Sunda has a vegan and gluten-free menu.

12. 5 Rabanitos Restaurante & Taqueria

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1758 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 285-2710
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5 Rabanitos is here to satisfy your vegetarian Mexican food needs. Their vegetarian menu includes Mexican favorites such as their Al Pastor Vegetarian Queso topped with rajas poblano and their Papas a la Plaza with pickled onion, queso, and salsa. Don’t forget to try their Tres Leches to fulfill your sweet tooth.

13. Can't Believe It's Not Meat

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1368 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 675-8208
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This Hyde Park vegan/vegetarian gem has a plethora of vegan game day eats: Indulge in vegan “bang’n Buffalo shrimp” to fulfill those crustacean cravings or try some innovative Philly cheesesteak egg rolls delicately drizzled in a red sweet heat sauce. A second location recently opened in suburban Orland Park.

14. Original Soul Vegetarian

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203 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 224-0104
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Snack on some battered cauliflower and mushrooms that will please the pickiest non-vegetarians. Food is medicine at Original Soul Vegetarian so their food is all vegan and free of refined sugar and refined flour. You can also order one of their barbecue twist platters ($12.50) or falafel platter ($10) if you are looking to be satiated.

1. Cinnaholic

1404 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Get a baker’s box of vegan cinnamon rolls ($34.50 for a half dozen) and try an assortment of what Cinnaholic has to offer. Seasonal options include the hot chocolate and praline roll while classics include the decadent Cookie Monster Roll, Ube Delight, and Campfire S’more Roll. Binge on some edible vegan cookie dough if cinnamon rolls aren’t your cup of tea. A Wicker Park location is opening soon.

1404 E Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

2. Urban Vegan

1601-1603 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Obsessed with Thai food but have to be careful with the fish/oyster sauce? Urban Vegan is known for its distinct vegan Thai and pan-Asian cuisine. Change up the game day snacks with red chili dumplings, fried shishito peppers, or one of the dinner combos that come with an entree, spring rolls, and a house salad for $12.95.

1601-1603 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

3. Galit

2429 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Ever since Galit opened, it has wowed critics and diners alike with its unique approach to Middle Eastern and Israeli cuisine. Those looking for a more upscale Super Bowl celebration can try their $69 vegetarian meal for two featuring tahini hummus, ezme, labneh, olives, falafel, glazed carrots, roasted beets, saffron rice, and pita. Or try some a la carte snacks such as their wood-roasted sweet potatoes, beets, and challah bread pudding.

2429 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Moonlighter has iconic vegan wings that will even impress meat-eating friends — the closest to the carnivorous version that the city has to offer. Try the beer cheese pretzel for the nostalgia and mustard and cider-glazed Brussels sprouts to feel better about eating your veggies.

3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Xurro - Churro Factory

3755 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Don’t forget about dessert: Xurro has a plethora of options ranging from heavenly churros filled with chocolate and strawberry to a s’mores churro sandwich and milkshakes to inhale while stressing out about which puppy will win.

3755 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Handlebar

2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Handlebar has iconic game day food such as its notorious fried pickles served with vegan ranch and chili cheese fries that can be made vegan or vegetarian. Those wanting greens with their vegan junk food can get the fried chicken salad with seitan. For a super special celebration, order the beloved Bloody Hammer so you can dip the fried pickles in your Bloody Mary.

2311 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Pizza Friendly Pizza

1039 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

There is no Super Bowl without pizza when living in a city full of luscious options. Chomp on Pizza Friendly Pizza’s Sicilian-style pan pie with rapini and lemon, which can be made vegan on request, or a Supreme, which can be served meat-free. Diners may even feel fancy when eating maitake mushrooms and Castelvetrano olives on pizza. Grab a slice for $4.50 or a whole pie for $33.

1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. ALTHEA

700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Being vegan in Chicago no longer means missing out on cheese plates and deep dish pizza. Althea has an vegan cheese plate for $22 with porcini truffle, harissa jack cheddar, and wine-soaked mascarpone cheese served with fennel crackers. For Super Bowl Sunday, Althea has vegan deep dish pizza and beer special ($16) so patrons can really get in the game day spirit.

700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Moti Cafe

70 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

Explore Indian-American street food at Moti by starting out with a tikka pizza sprinkled with the restaurant’s special sauce and a zesty cilantro-lime drizzle. For dessert, try the fabulous Moticakes with strawberries and a generous amount of Nutella on top.

70 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Upton's Breakroom

2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

While Upton’s is known for their vegan seitan and jackfruit cooking products, Upton’s Breakroom has incredible vegan snacks that are perfect for watching the Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl. Chow down on a crispy vegan nacho plate loaded with its famous seitan chorizo, beans, salsa, cheese sauce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeño, cream, and cilantro. Upton’s vegan fried bacon mac is also a crowd pleaser. While picking up an order, snag some vegan treats from their new operation, Liberation Donuts.

2054 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

11. Sunda Chicago

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

Looking for something healthy and vegan? Look no further than Sunda’s vegan feast for $60 (serves two), which includes spicy edamame, Brussels sprouts, miso cauliflower, eggplant bao buns, and pad Thai tofu. If you’re a sushi fan, you can also try some vegan sushi à la carte. Perhaps you’re vegan and gluten-free? Sunda has a vegan and gluten-free menu.

110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. 5 Rabanitos Restaurante & Taqueria

1758 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

5 Rabanitos is here to satisfy your vegetarian Mexican food needs. Their vegetarian menu includes Mexican favorites such as their Al Pastor Vegetarian Queso topped with rajas poblano and their Papas a la Plaza with pickled onion, queso, and salsa. Don’t forget to try their Tres Leches to fulfill your sweet tooth.

1758 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

13. Can't Believe It's Not Meat

1368 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

This Hyde Park vegan/vegetarian gem has a plethora of vegan game day eats: Indulge in vegan “bang’n Buffalo shrimp” to fulfill those crustacean cravings or try some innovative Philly cheesesteak egg rolls delicately drizzled in a red sweet heat sauce. A second location recently opened in suburban Orland Park.

1368 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

14. Original Soul Vegetarian

203 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Snack on some battered cauliflower and mushrooms that will please the pickiest non-vegetarians. Food is medicine at Original Soul Vegetarian so their food is all vegan and free of refined sugar and refined flour. You can also order one of their barbecue twist platters ($12.50) or falafel platter ($10) if you are looking to be satiated.

203 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

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