Friday, March 22, 2013

Veggie Friendly Dining Options - not necessary waistline friendly...

It's getting warmer out - by that I mean we have switched from snow to freezing rain.  Spring is in sight!  Time to get healthy.  Here at Ray's the herbivores used to greatly outnumber the carnivores among the staff, so we've collected quite a few favorite restaurants of the veggie friendly variety, and though they definitely aren't always healthier, it couldn't hurt to eat a few more veggies as the weather warms up yes?  We suggest checking some of these places out:

Quesadilla Le Reyna del Sur -  The closest option here at Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast, Quesadilla's offers a variety of faux-meat mexican fare. It will probably even please the average meat-eater.  Carry-out and sit-down options, with about 10 tables total.  They also have their own juices in case you are feeling a little under the weather and need a boost of greens.

Handlebar
Handlebar - A long time favorite of Ray's, and probably mentioned in our blog archive more than once, Handlebar is always a good solid choice.  They have a full bar, nice outdoor seating area, and really tasty veggie comfort food.  Can't really go wrong when their slogan is "Food Booze Good Times".  Check out their menu here.

Mana Food Bar - Loosely translated as "the life force in nature" Mana strives to provide meatless dining in a warm and tasteful environment. Outdoor seating in the warmer months and they even deliver; good if you are trying to slim down but still want to be as lazy as possible.  Check out their menu here - they even have a sizeable list of options if you have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon.

Green Zebra
Green Zebra - It's been a while since we've dined here (we may have gotten a little rambunctious during a staff outing...) but sooner or later we will show our faces again.  Contemporary vegetarian fare in more of an upscale environment provides a unique experience.  They focus on local produce, and their service was above average.  If you'd like to check out their current seasonal menu check it out here.
Chicago Diner Logan Square




Chicago Diner Logan Square
Chicago Diner  - An old staple, this lakeview spot has recently opened up a location in nearby Logan Square.  It's not going to be your healthiest meal ever, but it will almost certainly be a delicious option to drag your non-veggie comrades to.  It's all vegetarian/vegan but has a pretty good selection of "fake" meat dishes, and offers both real and faux cheese on most dishes.  If you're veggie but want to indulge in Chicago food with reckless abandon, Chicago Diner is a good bet.

These are just a few of our favorites, but if you are visiting us at Ray's Bucktown B&B we've got an even more extensive list of options!