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Nov 17, 2011 05:23 PM

Vegan + Wheat Free Restaurants in NW 'burbs w/25 Mile Radius

Greetings, Chowhounders. I'm in quite a pickle, in that we've got some guests coming into town for Thanksgiving that have pretty special dietary needs: not only are they vegan, but they don't eat wheat, the food can't be spicy, and one of them doesn't eat any of the nightshade family veggies. We're in the NW 'burbs, and can hit any of the NW/Northern, Western burbs and will likely be in the city for at least one of the days after Thanksgiving. The other issue is that my BF doesn't eat any veggies AT ALL. He's very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I'm aware of Happy Buddah in Barrington, Chowpatie in Arlington Heights, Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston, and Native Foods Cafe in the city. I'm thinking that no matter what I recommend, someone is going to go hungry and require a second food stop.

Aside from insisting that we cook all our meals at home, does anyone have any suggestions? And in case this isn't fun enough, one of the nights we have to include my mother, who is 85, very set in her ways and opinionated, and just really intolerant. I can't wait for that evening. I think we're going to Big Bowl for that meal.

Anyways, sympathies appreciated! And any advice, too. Thanks!

Blind Faith Cafe
525 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60201

Big Bowl
60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

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  1. There is Amitabul - Vegan Korean that is excellent - and the Chicago Diner -

    Chicago Diner
    3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

    6207 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

    1. All I can give is sympathy, sorry. You're already aware of the difficulty your situation presents. Heck, just having vegans and a meat-and-potatoes person who hates veggies is already a showstopper, and you've got more constraints piled onto those. Good luck! :(

      EDIT: I just thought of something. Higher-end restaurants are generally able to accommodate virtually any dietary restrictions, especially with individual diners in a "mixed party". You might want to call a nice place - in the northwest burbs, I'd try Le Titi de Paris - and discuss your constraints with them. I bet they could come up with something that could satisfy everybody (except maybe your mother, LOL). It's worth making the phone call to find out.

      Le Titi de Paris
      1015 W Dundee Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

      1. First piece of advice: you make your BF treat you to a wonderful meal after this! :)

        Now on to practical manners - if you are downtown check out Protein Bar or I Dream Of Falafel for lunches. Not the best but not the worst within your parameters.

        Also,check out Flat Top Grill. Again, not "wow" dining but good in the most generic sense of good. I hate offering it because it is so unremarkable but your needs kind of require good and not great so you can please everyone. In Chicago and 'burbs and has fun adut drinks!

        A veggie place that is partially vegan that has really great food is Handlebar in Wicker Park. Not Grandma friendly since it looks very bar like... And not sure about the wheat thing.....