Vegan Goes Mainstream
Posted on 08 / 12 / 2011
With the addition of Protein Bar to the neighborhood, vegan goes mainstream in River North. Essentially across the street from Marina Towers and just over the bridge from the Loop, this is a great location.
Most dishes are listed as "chicken or tofu" and are further customized by your choice of milk (soy, almond or dairy), choice of cheese (Daiya vegan cheese or dairy) and/or choice of yogurt (soy or Greek). I could find two menu items listed as containing beef with no vegan option. Though it is of small consolation, the chicken and beef they serve is free-range.
Straight up vegan dishes include the Vegan Bar-rito and the Green City Vegan bar-rito and the Vegan Quinoa Chili. What I like about this place is that vegan is not an afterthought. Vegan is a main part of the menu, holding it's own shoulder-to-shoulder with the chicken and dominating over the beef options. As veg*ns, we know the obvious health benefits of a veg diet. It is refreshing to see that with the help of restaurants like this, so many more people can discover it.
They do vegan catering. You can order online for lunch or dinner delivery.