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Chicago: Green Zebra + Arami + Slurping Turtle + Vegan Finds

Just like our Phuket Vegetarian Festival posts, we didn’t have the chance to post our vegan eats in Chicago and also I was inspired by my Canadian friend Holly of Traveling Pink Lips because she will be visiting Chicago in early November. Thanks Holly for inspiring me to complete our Chicago’s vegan eats post! The year 2013 sure flew by fast. We were in Chicago on Feb 8-11, 2013 for Doni’s Dad’s birthday. Chicago gets pretty cold in February, and there was a bit of snow on the grounds during our visit.

Chicago, IL

While in Chicago, we stayed at The Waldorf Astoria Chicago (expect a review soon this week) and had vegan dishes at the following restaurants: Green Zebra, Arami Japanese Restaurant, Slurping Turtle, The Girl & The Goat and The Waldorf Astoria Chicago, including vegan finds from Whole Foods Gold Coast and a vegan cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago in the evening – from the view of our hotel room at The Waldorf Astoria Chicago

This post will be featuring the vegan dishes we had at Green Zebra + Arami + Slurping Turtle + Vegan Finds at Whole Foods Gold Coast.



Green Zebra

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

On our first evening, we dined at an upscale vegetarian restaurant in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Green Zebra. We had to wait to be seated after checking in for our reservation because we were 15 minutes early. The restaurant was already packed, a bit noisy, but a a very small intimate setting. The menu is 100% vegetarian, and some dishes are labelled with a “V” for vegan/can be made vegan (they can omit dairy & eggs). Our server was accommodating in the beginning regarding the vegan options, but not very attentive during the service (i.e., refill, questions, or ordering more items). Pardon the grainy photos and quality, the lighting was pretty dark and I used the point-and-shoot camera and iPhone.

I took photos of the beverages/cocktails and menu from February 8th, 2013. You can view them here: Housemade Non-Alcoholic Beverages | Cocktails Menu | Restaurant Week Menu $33 per person | Small Plates + Sides Menu

Green Zebra

address: 1460 West Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
contact: info@greenzebrachicago.com + (312) 243-7100
connect: website + facebook + twitter
hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00 pm

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: The small vegetarian restaurant filled up quickly as we were seated. The lighting was pretty dark and the attire was more smart casual – blazers, dresses and heels, etc.

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: Prior to seating, I had a $10 Far East Fizz cocktail that consists of sake vodka, lemongrass, cucumber and soda. The sake vodka was pretty intense with cucumber and soda, but the lemongrass flavor was very faint.

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: Complimentary amuse-bouche, a cold and thick tomato soup. It wasn’t on the menu.

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: For the first course, Doni had a vegan chilled soba noodle salad with miso glazed turnips, crispy lotus root, pickled ginger in chili-lime vinaigrette from the Restaurant Week Menu ($33 per person).

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: For the second course, Doni had vegan crispy Rutabaga dumplings with winter herbs and curly endive on smoked leek puree. Those were pretty tasty and the smoked leek puree was delicious. (View the Restaurant Week Menu here)

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: I ordered the vegan Smoked Salsify Risotto with grilled treviso (longer version of tight-headed radicchio), orange supreme and fresh dill ($13) from the other menu. The portion may seem small, but it was filling with the other dishes I’ve tried. I didn’t like the grilled treviso because it was a bit bitter for me, but I liked the risotto, oranges, and the fresh dill together. (View the Small Plates Menu here)

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: For the third course, Doni had a vegan Spiced Crimson Lentils with curried cauliflower, almonds and tamarind-glazed pearl onions. The dish was pretty good with fresh cilantro on top. (View the Restaurant Week Menu here)

Green Zebra, Chicago, IL

Green Zebra: For the dessert, we both tried the vegan Roasted Granny Smith Apple with angel food cake, champagne reduction and lemongrass “ice cream.” The dessert wasn’t too heavy, but still full of flavors. (View the Restaurant Week Menu here)



Arami Japanese Restaurant

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

On our second day in Chicago (Feb 9th, 2013), we discovered some unique vegan options at Arami Japanese Restaurant in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood, including their vegan mayo. The restaurant wasn’t mentioned anywhere on vegan blogs nor HappyCow Chicago so we had to check it out. Our waitress was very accommodating and explained thoroughly about vegan options. Service was very attentive and helpful. The ambience was nice, but a bit noisy since it was packed around dinner time.

I took photos of the tea and menu with “vegan options” from February 8th, 2013. You can view them here: Tea Menu | Cold + Hot Dishes Menu | Yasai Menu.

Feel free to check out their current menu on their website. The vegan options on the menu has changed since our February visit. We tried most of the vegan sushi from their “Yasai” section on their menu.

Arami Japanese Restaurant

address: 1829 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
contact: info@aramichicago.com + (312) 243-1535
connect: website + facebook + twitter
hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Last Seating @ 9:45 pm), Sunday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Last Seating @ 9:20 pm) and Closed Sundays.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: We sat in the rear dining area (patio) and it was pretty warm and cozy there.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: Busy chefs at the sushi bar, I prefer sitting at the bar and interacting with the chefs.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: Dining area, view from the patio dining area and of course Doni and his mohawk hair…

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Aspagarus sushi with pickled ginger and sweet soy sauce. “Yasai” means vegetables in Japanese. It is still on their current menu (as of Oct 2013).

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Nira sushi with garlic chive, vegan lemon mayo and pickled pear on the top. It is still on their current menu (as of Oct 2013). The vegan mayo-based sushi selections was pretty tasty and unique.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: Sadly this item isn’t on the current menu (as of Oct 2013). From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Enoki sushi with enoki mushrooms, vegan spicy mayo and pickled cucumber. We love the spicy vegan mayo on the sushi.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: Again, sadly this item isn’t on the current menu (as of Oct 2013). We thought that was pretty good. From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Piman sushi with grilled green pepper, pickled pear and togarashi (red Japanese seasoning)

Arami Japanese Restaurant: From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Eringi sushi with grilled king oyster mushroom, garlic vinegar and caramelized garlic on the top. The vegan sushi is available on their current menu (as of Oct 2013). We don’t see a lot of vegan sushi consisting of king oyster mushrooms, but that was pretty unique.

Arami Sushi, Chicago, IL

Arami Japanese Restaurant: From the “Yasai” section, we had vegan Avocado sushi with vegan spicy mayo and toasted almonds. The mayo was slightly spicy, but very good with the avocado and toasted almonds. The item is not available on their current menu (as of Oct 2013), I would love to see it again.



Slurping Turtle

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

We learned about Slurping Turtle’s amazing vegan noodle soup through another vegan blogger Halley of The Chi City Vegan. A past guest on Top Chef Masters, Chef Takashi Yagihashi owns both The Slurping Turtle and Takashi in Chicago. Slurping Turtle is a Gourmand-winning Japanese ramen restaurant located in the River North area, off West Hubbard Street. The menu is not 100% vegetarian, however there are few dishes have a “V” label for vegetarian and always ask your server to confirm if they can be made vegan. They also accomodate vegetarian & gluten allergies. We tried one vegan dish at Slurping Turtle: Tofu Mushroom Noodle Soup ($14).

Slurping Turtle

address: 116 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
contact: info@slurpingturtle.com + (312) 464-0466
connect: website + facebook + twitter + blog
hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (Lunch), 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Dinner), Friday – Saturday: Lunch 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (Lunch), 5:00pm – 11:30 pm (Diner), and Sunday: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (Brunch), 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Dinner)

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

Slurping Turtle: The restaurant has an industrial-chic feel with a very interesting entrance, notice the door with circles. The Slurping Turtle logo is pretty cute and animated.

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

Slurping Turtle: The clean and modern dining area has an open space with high ceilings and concrete floor. The long communal table with high seats reminds me of a British-headquartered restaurant chain Wagamama.

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

Slurping Turtle: We sat in the secluded window-side booths in the back and they looked like cubicles, which was pretty neat. The seats were pretty comfy. I wish I had a photo of that…and I didn’t (argh).

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

Slurping Turtle: This is a massive bowl of vegan Tofu Mushroom Noodle Soup ($14) with whole wheat ramen noodle, silken tofu, Japanese mushrooms and kabocha squash. The broth was beautiful, full of flavors, and this bowl was meant for two (Doni and me). I couldn’t finish half of that noodle soup! I am not sure if the vegan noodle soup is still available on their menu, but here is the photo of the menu I took on February 10th, 2013. Please check their current menu on their website and ask your server for vegan options.

Slurping Turtle, Chicago, IL

Slurping Turtle: Took this on Instagram on February 10th, 2013. The beer in the background is vegan, by Two Brothers Cane and Ebel (view image here) and (view vegan confirmation here). The vegan beer is featured on Fire Food & Drink’s Vegan Beer Dinner Set (view the post here).



Sprinkling Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago, Illinois

Doni’s dad found us a vegan red velvet cupcake during his morning walk. Thank you for this awesome vegan find! The vegan red velvet cupcake is from Pastry Chef Candace Nelson’s Sprinkles Cupcakes bakery, and has twelve locations nationwide. The bakery is located off Chciago’s Magnificient Mile between Michigan Avenue and Rush Street near our hotel, The Waldorf Astoria Chicago (about 2 blocks away). Just look for the “red V” cupcake when you visit the bakery!

Sprinkles Cupcakes

address: 50 East Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611
contact: info@slurpingturtle.com + (312) 573-1600
connect: website + facebook + twitter + online shop
hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sprinkles Cupcakes’ Vegan Red Velvet cupcake is made with natural soy milk, tofu-based cream cheese and pure coconut oil. It is available daily. You can order them online, too. The reddish cake was moist, but the frosting was a bit rich for me, but perfect for Doni and me to share. I liked the red “V” part, and it’s pretty easy for vegans to find them with a red “V.”

Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago, Illinois



Whole Foods Gold Coast

We dropped by Whole Foods (Gold Coast) in Chicago to grab some snacks during our stay and for the flight and also that they carry some local products. It is located on the corner of N. Dearborn St and N. Huron St, which is within walking distance of Washington Square Park. So far we found a variety of prepared vegan foods from Upton’s Naturals and Soul Vegan, and the desserts from the Chicago Diner.

We didn’t have the chance to go to Chicago Diner (it was too far to walk from our hotel and we already made other reservations) and Upton’s Naturals (they opened later that summer after our visit). But I was happy to try a few of their selections at Whole Foods, which was close to our hotel.

Whole Foods – Gold Coast

address: 30 West Huron St. Chicago, IL 60654
contact: (312) 932 – 9600
connect: website + facebook + twitter
hours: Daily: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Whole Foods, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: The Chicago Diner’s vegan chocolate chip cheesecake, man, this cheesecake is heavenly delicious! It was really massive for both of us! I wish I can try their other desserts, but I didn’t have room for them! We also had a vegan fruit pudding tart (raspberry, blackberry, kiwi, strawberry, and blueberry) from Whole Foods, and the sweet pudding was sort of bland.

Whole Foods, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: Fortunately we had a microwave in our hotel room and had Soul Vegan’s vegan macaroni & cheese, fresh greens and BBQ tofu. So tasty and filling…I wish I have more of that macaroni & cheese. There are a lot of vegan prepared meals by Soul Vegan at Whole Foods Gold Coast such as vegan lasagna, bean curd salad, wraps, mac & cheese, bbq delights, and loads more. I wish I can try all of them, but not within 3 days! In addition to the photo above, we had unpasteurized wild berry lemonade “Made Right Here” which was pretty good. I love fresh juices.

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Whole Foods Gold Coast: Vegan Prepared Meals from Soul Vegan: vegan lasagna, bean curd salad and vegan jalapeno cheese (so delicious!)

Whole Foods, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: Vegan Jalapeño Cheese from Soul Vegan, man, this was so good and tasty with a bit of heat! I wish I had some chips or burrito to go wtih it, but I ate it with vegan challah bread we picked up at Whole Foods (hehe). The ingredients are, organic soy milk, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, sea salt, vegetable oil and fresh jalapeño.

Whole Foods, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: A whole collection of vegan foods we bought at Whole Foods including the vegan challah bread (it didn’t taste like actual challah, but it was a bit bready for me).

Vegan Hot Dog & Bagel Buns, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: Found some vegan breads such as hot dog buns, onions rolls, and of course, the challah breads (photographed in the collection above).

Whole Foods, Chicago, IL
Whole Foods Gold Coast: Other interesting vegan meals at Whole Foods such as the Tofu Curry Cous Cous box.

Upton's Naturals, Chicago, IL

Whole Foods Gold Coast: Found vegan Upton’s Naturals sandwiches and wraps, which was pretty cool. For the sandwiches, we had the Vegan BBQ Slaw and Focaccia. For the wraps, we had the Vegan Sesame Seitan and ChickenBaconRanch. We loved the breads and the juicy seitan, but it needed more seasoning or a separate container of creamy base dressing/mayo to go with it.

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Whole Foods Gold Coast: Upton’s Naturals’ Vegan BBQ Bowl with BBQ seitan, mac n’ cheese and greens. We haven’t tried it (we were too full from all day dining and snacking) what do you think of the bowl?

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Whole Foods Gold Coast: Upton’s Naturals’ Vegan Ashram Bowl with kitchari, curried cauliflower & chickpeas and halwa. Have you tried this bowl before?

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Whole Foods Gold Coast: Upton’s Naturals’ Vegan Macro Bowl with brown rice, seitan, kale, sauerkraut, carrots and a miso-tahini sauce. This sounds like my ideal meal for the flight, but I didn’t have room for it. Have you tried this macrobiotic-inspired bowl before?

Whew! Stay tuned for the next post on another vegan-friendly restaurant & sightseeing in Chicago! And thank you for reading this!


Have you been to Chicago or these restaurants before? Which meals would you like to try from this post? Have you tried Upton’s Naturals or Soul Vegan prepared meals before?

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46 Comments

  • Reply Cadry 2013-10-12 at 3:24 pm

    What a cool post on Chicago! I’ve been there several times and am going again in November. It’s a great city for vegan dining. I was surprised that I haven’t visited any of the same places that you visited in this post. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Green Zebra for vegans, but your dishes looked lovely. I’ll have to check it out! I’ve had Sprinkles red velvet cupcakes in Los Angeles. I didn’t realize they had a Chicago location as well. I visited Upton’s brick & mortar location the last time I was in Chicago, but I haven’t tried their prepared meals. I love their seitan, though.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-12 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you, Cadry!

      Arami wasn’t mentioned on the blogs or Happy Cow, it was a random find in Chicago. Their vegan mayo-based sushi was incredible and tasty.

      I like Upton’s Naturals seitan, too, I still have them in freezer, waiting for me in November, hehe!

      I hope you have a lovely time in November! Do you know Holly from The Traveling Pink Lips? She’s going there, too in November!

      Stay tuned for the next post The Girl & The Goat, have you been there before, too?

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-12 at 6:39 pm

      I have yet visit Upton’s new restaurant…. I really want to go there one day!

  • Reply Andrea 2013-10-12 at 7:18 pm

    I’m especially impressed with the Green Zebra and the Slurping Turtle. I want that soup! I prefer going to vegan restaurants when I can but it looks like you were well-treated at the places you chose. I’ve been to Chicago several times but have never dined at any of the places you mentioned. It was a long time ago and Chicago has really expanded in the vegetarian restaurant selection. It used to be that Chicago Diner was the only place to go. There was also a vegan Korean restaurant that we enjoyed.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 2:01 am

      That noodle soup was a hit! We loved it and it’s big for the both of us!

      I like going to vegan restaurants b/c it’s less stressful, but I am very open-minded with restaurants that have vegan options and exclusively vegan menu. It’s very interesting to see what they have come up with and how they deliver. I think most of them deliver pretty well, especially with the knowledgable staff.

      I wanna go to The Chicago Diner, but it was a bit out of the way. At least I had their chocolate chip cheesecake at Whole Foods, they sell desserts there.

      Wow, a vegan Korean restaurant? What is it called? Would love to check it out if I visit Chicago again!

  • Reply Jan @ Sprouts n Squats 2013-10-12 at 11:45 pm

    So many delicious eats there!! Especially that Japanese sushi place, it looked delicious and of course the cupcakes!! :)

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 1:57 am

      Absolutely, aren’t they yummy?! Have you been to Chicago before?

  • Reply Katrin 2013-10-13 at 1:01 am

    I haven’t been to Chicago yet (only the airport) but I would love to go someday. And I would like to try all the meals from your post but especially that vegan cheesecake and the sushi. :)

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 1:56 am

      Ah, I remembered the airport – I could smell the “Garrett” popcorn all the time and had to pay hot water for my vegan noodle cup (haha!)

      The vegan chocolate chip cheesecake is from The Chicago Diner :) I would love to go there one day!

  • Reply Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty 2013-10-13 at 1:38 am

    The pics are still really lovely, now I can’t use my iPhone as an excuse for taking terrible pics, oh well. It never ceases to amaze me how many vegan versions of food that are available. Honestly, I didn’t even know that some of the foods were vegan. Anyways, the red velvet cakes look so good! It was love at first sight for red velvet cupcakes and me. 😛 And whole foods really needs to come to tw, just saying.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Shawn! I used my point-and-shoot camera & iPhone for the Green Zebra & Arami Japanese food photos. You can see the difference between these and Slurping Turtle photos (used it with DSLR).

      Yup, Chicago is becoming more vegetarian friendly, which is nice to know!

      Ah man, I was just thinking about that…I would love if Whole Foods expand internationally in Asia and Taiwan…that would be too amazing!!!!!!!!

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  • Reply cquek 2013-10-13 at 9:04 am

    your post definitely has me inspired.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 11:57 am

      Thanks! Have you been to Chicago before?

  • Reply coconutandberries 2013-10-13 at 9:15 am

    Oh Wow, serious food porn here Rika! You know I’d love all those Asian dishes, especially that slurpy soup and the sushi. It’s pretty fun to go to upscale veg restaurants sometimes isn’t it? I went to a really cool in Berlin a few months back :)

    And I’ve heard so much about The Chicago Diner! I think I’d have to not eat for at least a day before I went to make room for a giant meal there!!
    The Upton’s Naturals foods look pretty fab too.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-13 at 11:57 am

      Aw thanks Emma! Me too, <3 Asian foods!

      Which one did you go in Berlin? I haven't been there for ages…probably like back in 2009!

      I really want to go to Chicago Diner..but it's not within the area I'm staying plus the weather is freezing!

      • Reply coconutandberries 2013-10-13 at 12:05 pm

        You HAVE to go! Pleeeease go! I don’t care if it’s cold!
        The place in Berlin was called Cookies Cream. It’s such a vegan-friendly city now, you should go back :)

        • Reply Helen4Morrissey 2013-10-15 at 3:20 pm

          I’m just jumping in here to say how great Berlin is A) for vegans abd B) generally! I don’t think I’ve eaten as well anywhere else (apart from home of course :p).

  • Reply janet @ the taste space 2013-10-13 at 1:27 pm

    Wow, what a jam-packed post. When are you going to Mexico City? We are going end of November and I’d love your recommendations if you are going before us. 😉

  • Reply Louisa [Living Lou] 2013-10-13 at 8:49 pm

    So jealous of all your delicious eats! That soup especially looks to die for!

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-15 at 6:21 am

      That soup was soooooooo goooooooood!

  • Reply india leigh 2013-10-14 at 12:39 am

    Wow! Chicago looks amazing for the discerning vegan! You found some great places. The menus were so innovative. I never knew Uptons did bowls. I shall look for them next time I’m in the US. Great Chicago guide. Thanks. I want to visit one day, I want to go to the Chicago Diner and have their vegan ruben. One day that will be ticked off the bucket list

  • Reply Aimee wallflowergirl.co.uk 2013-10-14 at 6:16 am

    Wow, look at all this incredible food! Once again, I’m jealous of your travels and how well you eat….

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-23 at 12:55 pm

      Haha, it was a lot of foods in Chicago :( I had to go on a weekly cleanse after eating out for few days!

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 2013-10-14 at 11:45 am

    Incredible array of foods!! Love the selection and variety of vegan foods at WHole Foods.!

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-23 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Kiran! Whole Foods is the best backup to shop!

  • Reply Holly 2013-10-15 at 12:51 am

    Rika, you are AWESOME!
    First of all, thank you for making this posting. I am absolutely flattered that I inspired you to continue off your eats of Chicago! Yay for travel buddies! :)
    I am very excited to visit Chicago next month! Your photos never stop to amaze me. I am SO looking forward to hunting The Slurping Turtle! That soup looks amazing, whoah! I want it all right now! 😀
    Oh and don’t get me started on the sushi! I am very much looking forward to finding Arami Japanese Restaurant. My P.I.C. for this leg of the trip is a sushi eater so I think we’re bound to look for this place! 😉
    Thank you so much!
    oxo,
    Holly

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-16 at 4:19 am

      Thank you Holly for inspiring me to finish this Chicago vegan eats! There’s one more to go and I’m done!

      xx

  • Reply Holly 2013-10-15 at 12:55 am

    Ps. I am also looking forward to that Whole Foods! That Mac N Cheese is certainly a beauty! I have a late flight leaving from Chicago so I will make sure to grab a bite! I also can’t wait to visit Upton’s Breakroom! :)
    oxo,
    Holly

  • Reply Helen4Morrissey 2013-10-15 at 8:53 am

    Those look like some really creative combinations at Green Zebra. It’s a shame they didn’t all work! And that’s a fabulous sushi spread: I especially love the look of the avocado guys!

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-15 at 12:11 pm

      Hehe, these avocado sushi are really good with the spicy mayo!

      • Reply Helen4Morrissey 2013-10-15 at 3:20 pm

        Looks like a stroke of genius to me!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan 2013-10-15 at 2:56 pm

    I live so very close to Chicago and have never been to these places! They are now on my must go list! : )

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-16 at 4:18 am

      I didn’t know you lived close to Chicago! Let me know what you think of them!

  • Reply Koko 2013-10-15 at 5:39 pm

    I want that avocado sushi! AND that tofu mushroom soup! I’m on a 3 day juice cleanse and I should NOT be reading this post….I want it all!!!

    I have no reason for going to Chicago anytime soon….but I think I will make one up after seeing this post.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-16 at 4:19 am

      Haha, I’m sorry! I used to do that when I was on a cleanse…how was your 3-day cleanse and what day are you on now? I would love to do that when I get back from Buenos Aires.

      Good luck with your cleanse, Koko :)

  • Reply Lindsay at KitchenOperas 2013-10-21 at 9:26 am

    I adore Green Zebra — so glad you got to go!!!!

    And now I want to go back to Chicago so I can try Slurping Turtle.

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-23 at 12:52 pm

      What was your favorite dish at Green Zebra? The dishes were all right, but I prefer comfort food all the way especially with the cold weather!

      Slurping Turtle is super yummy, love their noodle soups!

  • Reply The Peace Patch 2013-10-21 at 4:44 pm

    Superhelpful reviews! Green Zebra’s Housemade Coconut Curry and Strawberry-Black Pepper Sorbet (from their current menu online) look delicious and Arami’s vegan Enoki sushi …yumza!
    Slurping Turtle’s vegan Tofu Mushroom Noodle Soup makes me all melty with mushroomhunger too. :)

    • Reply vegan miam 2013-10-23 at 12:54 pm

      Glad they are helpful :) I would love to try their other stuff, too :) I’m in for curries & sorbets!

      Ahhh, I wish I have some of that noodle soup right now!

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  • Reply Emi 2015-02-08 at 9:27 pm

    Heading to Chicago this summer. Have bookmarked this post! Looks FAB for vegans!! yey!!

    • Reply vegan miam 2015-02-09 at 6:26 am

      Yay! Summer sounds better than wintery/windy days! :) Also stop by Girl & The Goat and The Peninsula (hotel) for vegan afternoon tea! Have a splendid time in Chicago, Emi!

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