Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 12 reviews )

110 N Main St, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA, 60014

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and bar. Veg choices including pizza, tempura green beans, hummus, salad, sandwiches. Uses local and some organic ingredients; there is a list on the wall of the different farms in the area where they are sourcing ingredients (and also grows some of the produce). Half-price veggie food on Mondays. Vegan beer and wine selections, too. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-1:00am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2:00am, Sun 11:30am-1:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

12 Reviews

First Review by MattyB

Nice Place & Good Food - Edit

Great atmosphere. Wonderful location. Locally sourced. Environmently conscious. Great beer selection.

I've eaten at Dukes a few times. Their menu changes seasonally and can be a bit hit or miss with vegan options. I've seen up to 3 items and only one sometimes. Of the items they do have they are really good. Tasty food and well prepared.

Pricing is average and no more than the carnivore items. Wait staff is pleasant and friendly.

My only complaint would be the amount of options. It would be nice if they consistently kept 3 items on the menu but I feel like it may just be picky as I'm very happy to see any.

I would recommend this place.

Pros: Quality, Environmentaly conscious , Locally sourced

Cons: Some visits only have one option

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great local place :-) - Edit

Duke’s is such a wonderful place for a really good vegan-friendly meal! It’s hard to find a restaurant in this area that has both good ambiance and vegan entrees that are made with the same effort as other items on the menu, so this is definitely a go-to option for me when I’m looking to have date night on the weekends. My only complaint is that it gets very busy on Friday/Saturday night, so it’s hard to get a table if you’re trying to make a spontaneous visit. Definitely not the restaurants fault, just make sure to have a reservation if you’re planning on a weekend dinner. Otherwise the wait can get up to over an hour!

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Vegan, GF Chocolate Dessert - Edit

Pleasantly surprised to find some options. I had chips, salsa, chili and their chocolate dessert. All my food was vegan and gluten free! I never find a gluten free chocolate option, but it was here.

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Great food Friendly staff - Edit

While there isn’t a ton of vegan options, the ones that do have are really delicious. Menu is clearly marked vegan and vegetarian. Veg items can be made vegan and they are really accommodating for special requests. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable which is a big plus.

Favorite items:
The Fried Goat Cheese Salad minus the goat cheese. Replaced the cheese with fried tofu and it was delicious. And a large enough portion to be filling.

The tots with vegan chili. They offered to bake the tots instead of frying to avoid cross contamination from the fryer. The chili is really tasty but a bit small.

Tempura Green beans are great.

The chocolate torte is good but can sometimes be dry.

Pros: Nice ambiance, Friendly and knowledgeable staff, Easy parking

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Delicious and locally sourced - Edit

I love Duke's! Vegan options clearly labelled, vegetarian options can be made vegan. Staff very accommodating. Beer selection also wonderful. I love how they put the farm the food came from on the menu. Slightly pricey but it's good food. I had the veggie burger with vegan chili. Burger fell apart but was tasty. Other Options:
Tempura fried green beans with teriyaki ginger sauce
Chips and salsa
Falafel pita with no tzatziki
Veggie burger with no mayo
Farro risotto without cheese
Vegan chili

Pros: Accomodating staff, Locally sourced

Cons: Used to have more vegan options, Expensive

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nice option in the area - Edit

Clearly labeled vegan and vegetarian options, though only a couple vegan options and very few vegan friendly sides.
I had the lentil and sweet potato sloppy joes which was pretty good. (Comes with pickles in the sandwich, so if you don't like that sort of thing, you may want to ask for something else.) even though it is labeled vegan, the server did bring out a small thing of coleslaw, so I will have to remember to ask for no coleslaw next time.
Also, a pretty kid friendly place as I went there with a three year old.

Pros: Good food, friendly staff

Cons: few vegan options

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Disappointed - Edit

Dukes used to be one of the only options in the area...now they're really no different than anywhere else. With only one vegan option on the menu it was so disappointing. They used to have 3 or 4 listed as vegan. I am usually so grateful when there are any vegan options but since they've cut their options down it has become very frustrating to go there especially since the service can be very slow there as well. The servers used to be knowledgeable about what vegan means, now some are clueless. Cute atmosphere and good beer but the food is just mediocre.

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Awesome menu - Edit

Great place for vegetarians. Gluten free options too. Great beer selection. Lots of craft beers. Food is awesome. They use local ingredients and have a no waste policy.

Pros: Great food

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Legitimate Vegan Options in the Suburbs - Edit

My husband and I ordered the grilled vegetable flatbread pizza that is made with Daiya. The crust was delicious! It had plenty of Daiya on it too. We had the jalapeno hummus for an appetizer, which was tasty and a nice portion. My husband was very happy with the beer selection. Here's the one thing that makes me maybe not want to come back...the second I walked in - the smell of urine hit me! I thought maybe it was just the restrooms leaking into the bar/entrance area, but the smell was also in the dining area. I went to the bathroom, and it did not smell like that in the bathroom. It smelled like air freshener. They must use the same dirty mop for the bathroom and the rest of the restaurant. Yuck!!! Other than that, the service was friendly; it was a pretty cool building, and the location is great - downtown Crystal Lake is really nice. Maybe the smell was a one-time thing. I'll probably give it another chance sometime. There were a lot of other people there who seemed to be regulars, so it must not have been bothering everyone.

Pros: options actually marked vegan on menu, friendly, tasty pizza

Cons: place smelled like urine!, somewhat inconvenient parking, could have more vegan items

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Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen - Edit

Last weekend I was shocked by the offerings of Duke's Alehouse...way out in Crystal Lake at that! I ordered the raw pasta, not expecting my dish to be awesome. But my assumption was wrong, that raw pasta was very good. It was made of zucchini and had sun dried tomatoes and olive tapenade - I didn't even have to salt my dish. I have a lot of friends in the area, so I'll certainly go back and try their other offerings. Certainly Duke's was above my expectations.

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Great option in the suburbs - Edit

It's really nice to have a place with a few good vegan options out here. My first time there I had the raw spaghetti salad. Very healthy, tasted ok. Second time I had the vegan pizza that comes topped with arugula salad. It was excellent! I also like the fried tempura beans. Love the huge beer selection. Plenty of vegan options there. Only negative was the waiter who called me 'hun.' I found that extremely rude.

Pros: Multiple vegan options, Nearby, Great beer selection

Cons: Rude waiter

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Good food, good beer, good people - Edit

This is a nice restaurant/bar that has a few vegan and vegetarian meals, and a great beer selection. The establishment is environmentally conscious and is a hidden gem in an area with very little to offer vegans. Located right at the Metra station in Crystal Lake.

Pros: Vegan choices in a town that offers none, Good beer selection

Cons: Only a few vegan options

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