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Vegetarian/Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant within 30 minutes of Skokie

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  • noya Apr 3, 2011 06:52 PM
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My pescatarian husband and my vegetarian self will be visiting Skokie and seek a nicer restaurant that is either vegetarian or has lots of veggie options. Happy to pay for a memorable meal. Good service and ambiance would be great--but we're coming for the food. The last requirement is that the restaurant be relatively close to where we're staying in Skokie. TIA!!

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  1. I'll start with a few options that are right in Skokie itself.

    Skokie has three good Thai restaurants, all of which have some good vegetarian options on the menu:

    Thai Pavilion - www.thaipavilionskokie.com
    Ruby of Siam - www.rubyofsiam.com
    Tub Tim Thai - www.tubtimthai.com

    There are some good, interesting chain restaurants in Old Orchard Center that have veg options, including Maggiano's (Italian), California Pizza Kitchen, and Cheesecake Factory. I cannot recommend McCormick and Schmick, the seafood restaurant there, as it was dreadful the last time I went there.

    There's an all-vegetarian restaurant in Evanston, the next town just east of Skokie. It's called Blind Faith Cafe. www.blindfaithcafe.com A couple of other good restaurants in Evanston that usually have some veg options are Lucky Platter (eclectic) www.luckyplatter.com and Campagnola (Italian) www.campagnolarestaurant.com Perhaps the best (and most expensive) restaurant in Evanston is Oceanique; it's mostly seafood but they always have a few vegetarian options as well. www.oceanique.com There's an Indian restaurant in downtown Evanston called Mount Everest and it's very good. www.mteverestrestaurant.com

    If you want a really nice upscale vegetarian restaurant that you can drive to in about 25 minutes, Green Zebra is in the city of Chicago and it's usually all vegetarian (sometimes they have a single dish with chicken or fish, sometimes they don't have any). www.greenzebrachicago.com

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thank you so much.
      Green Zebra might fit the bill. Is the food worth the drive from Skokie?

      Green Zebra
      1460 W Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622

      1. re: noya

        yes. First of all it's not all that far if you have a car. And especially if vegetarian is de rigeur, but good even for non-vegetarians.

    2. Can't do wrong with Amitabal just over the border in chicago on milwaukee just south of Devon. It is Vegan Korean

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      1. re: ALITIN


      2. There are also a number of Kosher Dairy Restaurants in Skokie including EJ's Pizzaria, Slice of Life, and Malibu Pizza - of these Slice of Life is the nicest of the bunch - but the food is good at all of them -

        Slice of Life
        4120 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076

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        1. re: weinstein5

          Thank you for the suggestions. Familiar with them all--but looking much more high end for a special anniversary meal. Going to try EJs for the first time this visit--but with the kids ;-)

          1. re: noya

            EJs is a new addition to the vegie scene in skokie (http://ejspizzeriaskokie.com/) - the food is good and a good spot for the kids - as nxtasy indicated the best high end option would be Green Zebra - I do like Blind Faith in Evanston as well as the Thai Restaurants nxtasy had recommended as well -

            Green Zebra
            1460 W Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622

            1. re: weinstein5

              Yeah, we're going to do Green Zebra. Honestly, coming from New York, we were disappointed by the lack of nice vegetarian restaurants in Chicago. Hopefully GZ won't disappoint.

              Green Zebra
              1460 W Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622

              1. re: noya

                I have not been but have heard many good things about GZ -