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Sep 26, 2009 07:56 AM

SF CH request for Vegetarian friendly restaurants + cheap & good Thai food in Chicago?

I'm just wondering where are the best vegetarian friendly restaurants in Chicago - prefer under $20pp for lunch or dinner. Also, good & cheap Thai food?

Will report back end of Oct. No car will be walking (love walking) & taking the L everywhere.

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  1. Chicago Diner is pretty much an institution for the budget you are looking for in vegetarian place. There is also Blind Faith Cafe, but it is out in Evanston.

    Blind Faith Cafe
    525 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60201

    Chicago Diner
    3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

    1. Earwax has good food. They had a health code violation several months ago. Veggie burrito is tasty, I've been back and no worse for wear. Colorful spot.
      Handlebar has creative veg options. The sausage side is greasy and good. The oriental tofu rice option if it is on the menu is the one thing I was not happy with (6 months ago) in the 5ish times I've eaten there.
      Chowpatti is in Arlington Heights about 20 miles NW of Chicago. It is a family owned veg restaurant, now run by the daughter of the founder. 20 something page menu, I have been thrilled and not so thrilled by the food. The Indian dishes are typically the best of the many styles served (Mexican, Italian, American all represented).
      Thai Sookdee is in Evanston (if you go you can check out B.F.C like ms. chow mentioned) and has the best Thai I've ever had. The Pad Kee Mao with Tofu is great, tasty tofu, fresh quality veggies, perfect noodles... In Chicago, Thai Classic is excellent, nice atmosphere too.
      All fit the price range.

      1. Thai Food:

        Search for SPOON THAI (off the Brown Line - Western Stop)

        and TAC (off the Red Line - Sheridan Stop. Can be combined to a visit to Wrigley if you wanted)

        8 Replies
        1. re: lbs

          Spoon and TAC are both good, but the list is incomplete without Sticky Rice. It's northern Thai (think Chaing Mai) and for my money is the best of the bunch.

          Sticky Rice
          4018 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

          1. re: chicgail

            I 2nd Sticky Rice. With all 3 mentioned, it comes down to a matter of preference.

            1. re: ms. chow

              I'd also say Sticky Rice, although Spoon Thai is good and may be easier to get to since it is right across from the Brown Line. Also right there is Opart Thai which is also good.

            2. re: chicgail

              I don't memtion it because I've never been so I feel ackward recomending a place that I haven't been too.

              1. re: lbs

                Give it a try, lbs, and let us know what you think.

                1. re: chicgail

                  I plan on it! It isn't far from me and I pass it on my runs.

              2. re: chicgail

                Fish sauce is pretty widely used in these Thai restaurants, which might pose a problem for vegetarians. Flavor would take a hit even if they would make the chosen dishes without fish sauce.

                1. re: Eldon Kreider

                  Yeah, exactly. "Good Thai food" and "Vegetarian" don't really go together. But Dharma Garden is probably your best bet along those lines.

            3. Another vote for Spoon -- the best thai I have had in Chicago. Skip the regualr menu, and order off the two special menus. The mussel pancake changed my life. It is right across the street from the Western Ave Brown line stop. Sticky Rice was also closed for a month this summer by BOH.

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