Chicago Diner

in Lake View & Wrigleyville

It's the gold standard for Chicago vegetarians and a longtime favorite, as the 'meat-free since '83' tagline indicates. Top marks go to the mushroom lentil loaf (a truffle-sauced take on meatloaf), Radical Reuben (using corned beef seitan) and milkshakes (made with vegan ice cream and soy milk). Bright-red tables, hard-back booths and counter stools provide a vintage diner ambience.

There's another, sleeker branch in Logan Square.