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5 Versatile Lunch Spots in Chicago

By Kacey, Bradley:

Trying to figure out where you’re going to eat lunch is no joke. Big cities like Chicago have so many to choose from and there will always be someone telling you what’s good and what’s not.

That’s why before you head out for your next lunch date, you should read a verified list of the five best lunch spots in Chicago. They’re all tried and true venues that will please the hungriest guest, especially if that guest is vegan or vegetarian.

Read on to learn more about these five green restaurants to see which ones might make the cut for your upcoming lunch break. 

1. The Chicago Diner

If you haven’t been to The Chicago Diner before, you need to try it. It’s been a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant since 1983. The entire menu is meat-free, so you won’t have to look for a specific section of the menu with only select meals.

Locals enjoy the vegan milkshakes and drinks as a way to top off their lunches. Every meat-free comfort food you could possibly want is at The Chicago Diner, which serves food at two locations in Lakeview and at Logan Square. 

2. Clever Rabbit

Sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere hip for lunch, which is when you’ll want to head down to the Clever Rabbit in Wicker Park. It has a rustic-chic interior design that compliments the veggie dishes and whitewashed brick walls. A five-course menu will give you plenty to choose from no matter what food you’re craving when you walk in. 

3. South Side Social

Most people know the feeling of craving classic Southern comfort foods, but not the calories that go along with them. South Side Social changes things by offering upscale Southern foods that will leave you feeling energized, instead of needing to nap.

Vegetarians will love South Side Social’s chef-crafted vegetarian burger or the spring pea and spinach ravioli. This warm and welcoming restaurant is soon to become your go-to spot for all your lunchtime meals. 

4. Urban Vegan

It can be difficult to find a vegan Thai restaurant, which is why Urban Vegan was created. This restaurant makes traditional Thai foods with seitan and meat substitutes. It keeps all the original flavors in each dish without compromising the quality of the meal. Expect to want to try everything from the soy chicken satay to the flavor-packed curries when you try Urban Vegan for the first time. 

5. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

You’ll know you’re getting near the Demera Ethiopian restaurant when you can smell the fresh sauces from blocks away. Let your waiter know you’re new to the vegan and vegetarian restaurant so they’ll send out four of their most popular dishes. The menu is pretty extensive, so if you plan to go, you may want to check out the menu before you leave for lunch.

Plan A Few Trips

These restaurants are bound to win over anyone who lives a green lifestyle and wants meatless healthy food for lunch. Plan out a few different lunch trips so you can try them all to discover new dishes that may become your favorites.

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