Flat Top Grill - Lakeview

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 4 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Part of chain offering Mongolian style stir fry meals. Create-your-own stir fry with choice of fresh veggies plus vegetarian protein such as seitan, faux meat, tempeh, and tofu. Most sauces are vegan and labeled. Will cook vegetarian stir fry on separate grill upon request. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Asian, Non-veg
3200 Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by SynthVegan
  • mostly-vegetarian

just visiting

Posted on 08 / 11 / 2012

Randomly came upon this place. What a laid back efficient concept. Great for veg and non veg friends. Have a lot of variety to offer cater to allergies and it is tasty!

Pros: selection
Cons: salty sauces
  • vegan

Something For Everyone

Posted on 08 / 29 / 2011

This is my "home" Flat Top grill location. I've been coming here for over 7 years. It is awesome for vegetarians and vegans alike. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces. They keep the food bar area very clean so there are not sauces dripping all over or contaminating other food bins.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. If you're like me and you like to have two or three roti breads for the table you have to ask your server for that. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

What I love about this place is they put the noodles, rice, vegetables and mock meats up front. There is dead meat served here too but it's at the end of the line where it belongs.

Usually there is no wait at all, but on Friday or Saturdays nights you can sometimes get surprised with a long wait so you can't go wrong with a reservation.

  • vegan


Posted on 03 / 20 / 2009

I love this place! You pick your own ingredients and mostly everything is labeled if it's Vegan or Vegetarian friendly. Service is friendly although I never visited this particular location I have been to the one on Belmont & Southport and the one in Oak Park. Many locations.....great food!!!

Pros: Excellent food, healthy, great atmosphere
Cons: small place

  • vegan

Good Options

Posted on 02 / 27 / 2009

I never feel good after eating here, probably because I don't know what to mix together. Flat Top Grill works like this, basically you grab a bowl and make your own stir fry from various things (sauces, vegetables, tofu, etc.). Some things are clearly labeled Vegan and some are not, so make sure you ask. It is a little pricey though, it's $12.99 for one bowl and $13.99 for unlimited bowls. This isn't a must-stop Chicago place, but if it's there, it works.


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