As we drove into Chicago the other day one of my travel buddies commented it was “the most American of American cities.” I’m still not entirely sure why that would be but I imagine for many its because of the city’s All-American baseball team, industrialization and industry or its towering skyline…
For me? I think the real test is the food. Thus began my search for delicious, healthy hipster approved All-American grub.
First stop on the Chicago food tour:
The Chicago Diner is an all vegetarian restaurant but don’t let that throw you. This ain’t no hippie health food restaurant. Sure you might find some epic salad bowls and kombucha tea on the menu…but you’ll also find a
healthy hefty dose of for reals diner food like wings, fries, burgers & shakes.
We started off with the Veggie Wings which were doused in a deliciously smoky, spicy sauce but would have easily stood up on their own. They had that elusive mix of crispy outside and soft chewy inside that is hard to achieve even with actual chicken!
Next up were the heavy hitters (baseball metaphor…i’m in the spirit):
- Seriously meaty seitan & tofu bacon burger
- Blackened tofu Mexican quinoa bowl
- And the piece de resistance…the vegan reuben sandwich