Vegetarian or Veggie-friendly Soul Food?
We're looking for some good soul food, or any kind of Southern-style cooking, and we have a couple of vegetarians among us. We don't need a place that is strictly vegetarian (although that's certainly fine too), but even a place that has a lot of the side type dishes (mac n cheese, okra, etc.) would work. Any recommendations? Thanks! BT.
Soul Vegetarian is a vegan soul food restaurant, and it's very good for that style. I realize that a vegan restaurant may be going a bit overboard for your purposes, but it's a place other people (i.e. vegans) might be interested if they don't know about it already.
ALSO, if you go to a soul food restaurant, be sure to ask specifically what the ingredients are for a specific dish. A friend of mine and I went to MacArthur's. He's a vegetarian and asked if the greens were vegetarian. The counter girl said they were, but they appeared to be cooked with a ham hock (as they usually are). My friend didn't want to eat them. That said, MacArthur's is pretty good, too.
Mac Arthur's Restaurant
5412 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
Soul Vegetarian East
203 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619
I second Soul Vegetarian. I'm a dyed in the wool meat eater, but my girlfriend is a vegetarian and dragged me there one night. I was surprised at how absolutely delicious everything was. I've been back a couple of times, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It also solves the pork-in-the-greens problem that almost all good soul food restaurants have. I have a fondness for Feed, but their greens (which are delicious) are definitely not vegey friendly.
2803 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Edna's, out on the West Side, has side dishes prepared without meat. Here's their menu on menupages:
And here's a link to a thread on Edna's with pictures:
Will you have a car? Edna's might be difficult to get to just on public transportation.
If Edna's is too far, perhaps Wishbone would work:
1001 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
3175 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612
3300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657