Overview: From what I’ve read, the Chicago Diner is a must go-to vegan restaurant in Chicago. They only have 2 locations, both which are located in the city of Chicago. Their menu consists of vegetarian foods with plenty of vegan options. We visited this place on a Sunday afternoon so it was very packed. There were 5 of us so we had to wait about 15-20 minutes before getting seated. I was very excited to visit this vegan version of an American-style diner. Being that there were 5 of us, we had the opportunity to taste a few different dishes.
Menu: Their menu consists of the typical diner foods such as burgers, sandwiches, fries, hot dogs, and shakes. The Radical Reuben Sandwich is their most talked about dish. It was pretty tasty, and the beef seitan had great flavor and texture. The Poutine, which consisted of waffle fries topped with melted vegan cheese, was very delicious. The Pierogi Quesadilla was okay. The first few bites were great but I quickly got tired of it. The Country Fried Steak is a battered seitan filet, topped with country gravy, and mashed potatoes. This was pretty good and I really enjoyed the gravy. For dessert, we had some delicious Cocoa Mousse Cake. It’s too bad I didn’t try their shakes but next time I will.
Favorite Item(s): The Poutine was very enjoyable. Can’t go wrong with fries covered in melted vegan cheese!
Rating: This place is great for those who enjoy diner-style comfort foods (obviously!). They were very hearty dishes but a bit too heavy for my taste. The food was good but I certainly prefer dishes with fresher ingredients. The great thing about this spot is that they offer so much versatility in their menu which is very hard to find. I would definitely come back here to try their vegan milkshakes!
Times visited: 1
Address: 3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60657
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm