Vegetarians and vegans in Chicago have plenty of choices, even when confined on the couch or in front of the television during Illinois’s extended stay-at-home order. Chicago’s meat-free and vegetarian-friendly establishments that are offering carryout and delivery are diverse, ranging from meat-free local icons like Chicago Diner to South Indian spot Art of Dosa. Each pick proves that cutting out animal products needn’t be a sacrifice. Hours and menu options are subject to change, so call ahead or check social media for the most recent information.Read More
Where to Order Vegetarian and Vegan Food for Delivery and Carryout in Chicago
A variety of meat-free choices for all occasions
1. Annapurna Simply Vegetarian
Vegetarian Indian snack shop Annapurna offers sweet and savory options for pickup or delivery, including iconic street food dish bhel puri, puffy rice that’s mixed with potatoes and onions, which is served with chutney. Orders placed online are available for delivery via third-party companies like DoorDash. The restaurant is also expanding to the corner giving folks more space.
Short-order vegan diner Kal’ish has developed a devoted following for its indulgent, meat-free offerings, and its neighboring sister restaurant, vegan Jewish deli Sam & Gertie’s, has quickly become a local hit as well. Starting May 1, both establishments will offer takeout and delivery via Caviar.
3. Urban Vegan
Animal- and dairy-free free Thai restaurant Urban Vegan is now offering its popular savory curries, noodles, rice dishes, and more for pickup and delivery, as well as sweet desserts and smoothies.
4. Chicago Diner
This Chicago vegetarian icon, “meat free since ‘83,” keeps the diner hits coming through pickup and delivery via Caviar. Customers can order off a comprehensive menu, which includes sweet and savory brunch dishes, soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, shakes, and desserts from locations in Logan Square and Lakeview.
5. Fancy Plants Cafe
Vegan cafe and catering company Fancy Plants has used the dine-in closure to bring back and expand its vegan meal delivery, taking next-day orders for menu items such as breakfast, pastries, soups, entrees, and pantry staples. Dishes and ingredients are designed to keep well for at least five days, and the team includes recipes and tips for at-home use. Ten percent of sales will go toward meals for people who are in dire financial straits, and those are available on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
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6. Kitchen 17
Popular Lakeview vegan haven Kitchen 17 has pivoted toward offering frozen versions of its famous meat- and dairy-free deep-dish pizzas for delivery, carryout, and even shipment. It’s also offering sweets like cookie pies and funfetti cake. The restaurant is accepting online orders.
7. Super FatRice Mart
In shocking news, the owners of Logan Square’s Fat Rice announced the restaurant would close to make way for Super Fat Rice Mart, a general store featuring meal kits. Chef Abe Conlon says he converted to veganism earlier in 2020, and he’s bringing the philosophy to his $99 meal kits, which he says should feed two adults for about two days. The kits will rotate, but customers can expect a 100-percent meat-free experience with a combo of curries, rice, snacks, black-sesame oatmeal for breakfast, and more. Conlon says the organic produce contributes to the higher cost of the kit, but they don’t want to compromise quality. The kits are available for preorder.
8. Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur
Mexican vegan restaurant Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur features a vast and varied menu with options that include everything from breakfast dishes, tacos, and tortas, to huaraches and desserts. Staff will accept orders for pickup over the phone, and delivery is avaiable through third-party companies including Uber Eats and Grubhub.
9. Ground Control
Perhaps most well known for its meat-free take on the classic Chicago jibarito, Logan Square’s Ground Control has taken its menu of playful vegetarian and vegan dishes to the streets with pickup and delivery. Customers can order curry fritters, kimchi grilled cheese sandwiches, and more over the phone or through deliverers DoorDash and Grubhub.
Starting May 1, the acclaimed Boka Restaurant Group reopens its eponymous restaurant for for pickup. Boka’s vegetarian dinner for two includes parker house rolls, dill butter, a kale and asparagus salad, roasted cauliflower steak, vanilla bean panna cotta, and more. Place an order online via Tock.
Vegetarian and vegan comfort food spot Handlebar highlights breakfast options, salads, sandwiches, and crowd-pleasing family meals for delivery via Chownow. The restaurant is also doing serious booze business — beers are available individually or in packs (four or six, depending on the brand), plus cocktail kits, bottles of wine, and prosecco.
12. Cafe Spiaggia
Cafe Spiaggia, the more casual sister spot of the acclaimed downtown Italian restaurant, offers several vegetarian selections on its a la carte menu. These include a beet salad (maple mascarpone, cherries, farro) and orecchiette (broccoli pesto, romanesco, basil, parmigiano reggiano, pine nuts, chili flake). Wines and desserts are also available. Dishes are available for pickup via Tock or delivery through DoorDash.
13. Saigon Sisters
Sisters Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen are still applying creative approach to classic Vietnamese dishes during the dine-in closures, and proffer numerous vegetarian and vegan items in addition to dishes that incorporate meat. Animal-free options include a “Vegan Vietnamese Package” for four, “4 Pho for 4” (a family-style pho meal with all the fixings — vegetarian broth is available), and a vegetarian “Thai Family Meal for 4.” A la carte dishes like a barbecue jackfruit bahn mi are available for pickup or delivery via Toast.
14. Art of Dosa
Dosa, an iconic dish from South India made from fermented lentil batter crisped on a griddle and rolled, is the obvious star at Art of Dosa. The all-vegan menu features a selection of contemporary takes, including a “ramen dosa wrap” and “Buffalo dosa wrap.” The can also be purchased for pickup and delivery in packs of two, four, or six, along with a sizable smattering of sides and condiments. Order online from third-party delivery companies including Caviar and DoorDash.
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15. My Place
My Place, a former Chinatown restaurant that reopened in the South Loop in February, does offer meat and seafood dishes, but also highlights vegetarian Chinese fare. Options include hong sue tofu, or braised tofu, Chinese cabbage in broth, salt and pepper eggplant, vegetable fried rice, and more. Place an order for pickup or delivery on the My Place website.
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16. EL ideas
Innovative restaurant EL Ideas has shifted toward curbside pickup with a selection of two-course meals in varieties like “meaty,” “shrimpy,” and “veggy.” The latter includes the restaurant’s signature French fries and “Frosty Reimagined Homemade vanilla ice cream,” served over crunchy matchstick potatoes with hot potato leek soup, as well as barbecued seitan with creamy polenta, spring peas, carrots, pearl onions, and charred lettuce. Meals seem to go quickly, so book ahead online.
17. Yvolina's Tamales
Family-owned Pilsen spot Yvolina’s offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan tamales for pickup, with fillings like eggplant, spinach, soy, and poblano pepper — those who want to indulge a little can get it covered in mole.
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18. Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
Bridgeport’s Zaytune Mediterranean Grill offers plenty of animal-free delights such as falafel, tabouli and fattoush salads, and baba ghanoush for pickup and delivery. Place orders online.
All-day South Side organic favorite Nana and sister restaurants Taco E and Ajo are operating as a three-pronged operation. Taco E and Ajo feature a la carte dishes and family meal kits on Tuesdsays through Sundays, and Nana is open on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. for curbside pickup and delivery.
20. Can't Believe It's Not Meat
Vegan and vegetarian restaurant Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat is still slinging meatless “chick’n” sandwiches, burgers, and gyros, along with vegan smoothies and shakes in Hyde Park. Call ahead to place a pickup order.
21. Majani Restaurant
Majani (the Swahili word for “green”), a restaurant that emphasizes a wide range of vegetarian African and South American dishes, is offering pickup and delivery at both its South Shore and Pullman locations. Menu offerings include sandwiches, wraps, tacos, entrees, and desserts through GrubHub and Seamless. Customers can also order through Majani’s mobile app, available through the Apple Store and Google Play.
22. Original Soul Vegetarian
This historic South Side vegan spot is still offering its popular all-day menu for pickup, so fans can still get their hands on a saucy “BBQ Twist” with seitan and tangy barbecue sauce. Call ahead to place an order.