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It’s World Vegetarian Day! Local Restaurants Offer Unique Meatless Options

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Many of you may have not realized but today is World Vegetarian Day! So delight your tastebuds with some veggie cuisine because these local restaurants are showcasing some great meatless dishes.

Founded by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, World Vegetarian Day was created to inform others about the health benefits of vegetarianism and to help save the lives of animals. With that being said, if you have been considering a vegetarian diet then today could be the day to begin your journey.

With an extremely diverse population, Edgewater and Andersonville is home to a large vegetarian community. Knowing those residents seek out a dinner that is beyond just a salad, area eateries continue to cater to the diet by including new and enticing items that are full of flavor and ingenuity.

According to WalletHub, Chicago ranks #13 on their top 100 cities for vegans and vegetarians. With an ever-growing vegetarian population in the city, options are easier to find as the demand increases.

Check out these local restaurants’ vegetarian options:

REPLAY, 5358 N. Clark – Roasted Mushroom Sandwich. Roasted hen of the woods and oyster mushrooms, pickled onions, mixed lettuce greens, truffle aioli with shallots and garlic on French bread. $12.95

Kopi Cafe, 5317 N Clark – Falafel Burrito de Calle Rosiers. Falafel with roasted eggplant, red pepper, hummus, tahini, Israeli salad, and hot sauce. All of the goodness of a falafel plate in a burrito!

Alice & Friends’ Vegan Kitchen, 5812 N Broadway – Run Away Potato. Spicy Potato Stew (A vegan version of a traditional. nutritious Korean dish-GamJaTang) with plenty of potatoes and carrots, leeks, mushroom chunks and sliced TVP with distinct flavors and spiciness. Served in a hot stone bowl with brown rice. 11.95

Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N Broadway  – Dinich Alicha. Potato cubes and carrots cooked in a mild sauce of onions, garlic, ginger and Ethiopian spices. $11.75

Red Rover Cafe, 1535 W Devon – Impossible Burger. Plant-based burger served on a toasted bun. Nut and dairy free, Kosher, Halal. $10.95

Nookies Edgewater, 1100 W Bryn Mawr – El Greco Suppertime Skillet. Extra virgin olive oil, white wine, spinach, tomato, green onion, oregano, and Feta cheese served over a choice of rice or egg noodles. $10.99

Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N Clark – Roasted Iroquois Cornmeal Cake. With sweet corn sauce, grilled zucchini-summer squash-miataki mushroom hash, pickled peppers, chive oil. $17

Polygon Cafe, 5204 N Clark – Munchy Pumpkin Maki. Pumpkin tempura, crispy japanese fresh radish, kampyo (sweet marinated squash), spicy mayo topped with fresh salmon, tempura crumb, masago and unagi sauce. $14

Mango Pickle, 5842 N. Broadway  – Cabbage & Potatoes. Gnocchi, fingerlings, carrots, saffron, yogurt.    $22

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