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.
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
3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
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.
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.