CLOSED: Karyn's Cooked

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1901 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60614

All housed in one building, Karyn's operates a cooked food restaurant (moved here 2015), a spa, and a raw food / fresh corner. Offers weekend brunch. Vegan except for honey. Confirmed closed, Jul 2017.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, International

74 Reviews

First Review by condekedar

Amazing vegan food in Chicago - Edit

Started off with a sample of the soft serve and we knew this place was goi g to be great. Had the southern comfort with a ton of greens, rice and beans. Cornbread is fantastic bit a little dry. Enchiladas were terrific. Hope we can make it back before leaving for home.

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Mediocre - Edit

Meh, food is just average. There's also a ton of drama with this restaurant chain. Employees have come out saying that she doesn't pay consistently and that a lot of business practices are not good. I'd recommend looking up articles online before going here. I no longer go here after all the information came out.

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very yummy - Edit

Now Karyn's cooked and Karyn's raw are at the same place! You can enjoy both foods at the same time!

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Delicious - Edit

I enjoyed the Sea Dim Sum and Spring Rolls. The Sea Dim Sum was an avocado taste explosion. Enjoyable lunch

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My favorite in Chicago - Edit

Karyn's been always the best vegan food I've tasted in Chicago. I often have my mom asking me to take her to this place as the quality of the dishes and desserts is amazing. Price is also very fair for the quality.

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Time to update - Edit

Unchanged menu forrrever! The staff never meets the price points, but the basket is great, great deserts, great brunch, but overpriced. Has failed to adapt to the Native Foods revolution to Chicago veganism.

Pros: Desert, Brunch, Basket

Cons: Staff , Overpriced, Stuck in the early 2000s

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delicious - Edit

I haven't been to Chicago in years, yet I still crave their fried mushrooms with barbecue sauce. So delicious.

Definitely stop by if you're ever in the area.

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serves honey so not vegan - Edit

Ordered through grubhub because the menu looked good but so disappointing.
The garlic bread wasn't garlic bread, no garlic flavour and the bread tastes charred.
The cornbread was dry and flavourless.
The Mac and cheese was ok but didn't taste like Mac and cheese and was quite dry.
My veggie sandwich was actually a wrap and was missing the coleslaw and ranch dressing that was meant to come with it.
My friend enjoyed his jerk tofu wrap, but it was also missing the coleslaw.

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Mouth Watering - Edit

Karyn's Cooked has an eclectic and healthy menu filled with traditional comfort foods as well as new flavor pairings. The desserts are the perfect end to a delicious meal. Nice atmosphere, great service, and yummy food---you can't go wrong!

Pros: Great menu selection, Nice decor and atmosphere

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you won't leave hungry! - Edit

Wonderful staff and excellent food set in a cozy contemporary space. We made the mistake of ordering a pizza as an appetizer. It was a huge dinner sized pizza! Great for sharing among four people maybe. I had the crabs cakes and my husband had the fish tacos. We loved them although they were a bit oily. The menu did say fried so it was expected. By then we were stuffed, but the dessert case was extraordinary so we had to indulge. :-) Overall it was a great dinner and the wine selection was great too.

Pros: downtown location , nice staff, desserts

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Good Place for Vegan Appetizers and Dessert - Edit

The basket of fried veggies and the buffalo wings were delicious and the lemon meringue pie was very tasty, but the vegan pizza and buddah bowl were just ok. Nothing was exciting enough for me to come back the next time I visit Chicago.

Pros: Tasty Appetizers and Desserts

Cons: Vegan Pizza not as good as it sounds.

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Pure Joy - Edit

Had an absolutely AMAZING meal at Karyn's Cooked. We had the wings for an appetizer, I had the Floutas, and COCONUT CAKE, which was so indulgently delicious. Heavenly.

My omni co-worker had a roasted veggie sandwich which he said was very good.

I will be back!!

Pros: Friendly Service, Loads of options, Relaxing atmosphere

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Needs more gluten free options - Edit

I'm not a huge fan of Karyn's Cooked. I think their salads and raw dishes are pretty uninspired, and the other gluten free options are limited. Their desserts are very good, however, and their home fries are delicious.

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Love at First Bite! - Edit

UPDATE:

I was passing through Chitown last weekend and stopped by Karyn's on my way to the airport.

I ordered a Jerk Tofu Wrap & fried broccoli basket, and was happy to see that they were still as delicious as ever.

The Homestyle Meat Loaf was not as good; I did not enjoy it. I'm basically writing this so that I'll remember not to order it again on my next visit.

Key Lime Cheesecake was the bomb! I wasn't expect much at all, but it blew me away! May have to order a whole one next time.


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I went to Karyn's Cooked for the first time two weekends ago and a couple of my omnivore family members decided to tag along. Let me just say that it was so fantastic that they insisted on driving back (4 hours) this past weekend.

My absolute favorites are the Fried Broccoli Basket, the Jerk Tofu (And I'm not a tofu fan, but both the sandwich and the wrap are delicious! If you're sensitive to spicy foods ask for light jerk sauce. If you love spicy, ask for extra!), the carrot cake, the chocolate chip cookies, and the bread pudding (it's a must!).

The Southern Comfort (flavorful beans & greens w/o meat!), Falafel, Homestyle Meatloaf, the Flautas, and the double carob cake were all very good. Excellent seasoning and spices on the meatloaf.

The taco salad was ok. There was something missing or off with the ground soy, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly. If you like the taste/flavor of coffee, you'll love the tiramisu cake.

My companions loved the Grilled Portobello Mushroom sandwich, the fried mushroom basket, the Vegan Pizza, and the Bruschetta.

All of the food (on all three days) was fresh and beautifully presented. The portions were large enough to share and to take home for the next day's lunch or dinner; a great value. Service was excellent and friendly. The restaurant is small with a very warm ambiance. Perfect for dates, lunch/dinner for a few, or lunch/dinner alone. Reservations are suggested for weekend dinner.

Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 13, 2009

Pros: Excellent vegan food, Excellent value; large portions, friendly staff; open late

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A decent Vegan selection! - Edit

In all honesty, Karyn's is often hit or miss when it comes to taste and quality. Sometimes I order in because sometimes the service is exactly top quality either. They do have some really great items though, but definitely not the best vegan food around.

Pros: decent food

Cons: consistency, service, quality

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Gourmet Vegan Restaurant - Edit

Karyn's Cooked is a nice Vegan restaurant serving Gourmet food that is good value for money. We shared the Buffalo Wings and the Nachos both really good and then purchased a Vegan Cookie to have on our walk back to our hotel. We were more than happy with the food and it was a good night out. They have friendly staff. We would definitely recommend going here.

Pros: Good Selection, Gourmet Quality, Friendly Staff

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Comfort food - Edit

Karyn's is a few blocks from our house, and we eat here perhaps once a month. We like Karyn's but aren't head over heels in love with it. We do love that there is a vegan comfort food option close by, though, and will support it as long as it's in our neighborhood! We tend to order the "Mexican" food items, such as the guacamole, mashed potato enchiladas, and chili. The food is good, but it is a bit heavy. The desserts are pretty yummy. Try the apple pie!

Pros: Nice vibe, Big portions

Cons: Service is so-so

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nice enough, but really nothing special - Edit

We were disappointed by Karyn's Cooked, after reading some good reviews. We shared a nice pizza starter, but the main courses were hard to finish. The salmon looked amusingly convincing, but was large, bland pieces of seitan wrapped in seaweed - we were pleased to see somewhere having a go at vegan fish though, quite rare - we don't know how to do it at home... Ribs we similarly huge pieces of bland seitan drowned in an over-sweet gloopy sauce. The veg and accompaniments weren’t great either - nice coleslaw but undercooked rice and overcooked broccoli!

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One of my favorite restaurants! - Edit

I'm shocked to see all the negative reviews! I've enjoyed pretty much everything I've ordered and the staff is always super friendly. Don't let the negative comments scare you away, try out Karyn's Cooked for yourself!

If it's your first time going, I recommend the gluten free spaghetti w/lentil meatballs(:

Pros: Amazing food, Friendly staff, Gluten free options

Cons: Price

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One of my favorite Chicago restaurants - Edit

I took a colleague to dinner at Karyn’s Cooked, one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. It was an easy walk from our downtown hotel. We started with the buffalo wings appetizers, which were tasty. I had the flautas, which were delicious – rolled fried tortillas with a tofu stuffing topped with vegan sour cream and guacamole – and came with salsa, mixed greens and refried beans. This is an upscale vegan restaurant with a diverse menu and delicious desserts that will satisfy anyone. I’ve eaten here a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed the food each time. On the weeknight we dined, they did not take reservations. They seem to do a decent to-go business, too. With our check we were given coupons to Karyn’s Raw restaurant and Karyn’s Corner, which is a good way to get people to visit those sister businesses owned by the same woman.

Pros: Nice ambience, Vegan dessert choices

Cons: Pricey, Did not take reservations

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Dissapointing and pretty awful - Edit

What expectations I had after reading the reviews and their website. However the food was absolutely terrible. It had a glaze and taste of being old food warmed up to serve and on top of that, it wasn't even warmed up enough. The polenta lacked any flavor and the meatloaf was mushy and gross. The place had no airconditioning either and it looked like they are more concerned about marketing Karyn and their packaged products than putting out quality, fresh food for the dinner crowd. I would never go back and I would pass on Karyns Raw on principal after our terrible experience and food and Karyns cooked

Pros: NONE

Cons: Hot and stuffy, Terrible Food, Bad Service

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Fair to middling - Edit

It wasn't in our plans to eat here due to the mixed reviews, but staying in the loop meant a lack of vegan options within walking distance (especially on a weekend evening), so we popped down here for a little dinner.

Having no expectation whatsoever, we actually quite enjoyed our meal. We got the Ron's salad to start. As simple as it was, it came with a side of the almighty hemp seeds for sprinkle, which I thought was a nice touch. We also ordered the apparently highly popular enchiladas, which were pretty good, and the green curry off the daily special. Served like a risotto studded with assorted veggies in a creamy coconut sauce, the curry plate was a clever twist and was pretty yummy. Just a few Thai basil leaves would have taken this dish up another level.

Reasonable prices, decent food, adequate service, our experience was good, although not great, but certainly not as bad as some of the reviews suggested. We leaned towards the straight-up vegan items (as always) other than the fake meat/dairy stuff and would recommend the same.

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Pricy and average... - Edit

The feel and the menu were more like a regular restaurant trying to have vegetarian/vegan options. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. And I wasn't convinced by the quality of the produces. Pricy for what it is, I guess you pay for the trend.
Special mention for the strawberry cheesecake tho, velvety and melt-in-your-mouth.

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LOVE this place! - Edit

This is one of my favorite places in the city (if not my absolute favorite)! They have so many great options to choose from. I have taken several non-veg people here and they also loved it. My favorites are probably the enchiladas or taquitos, but I have never had anything bad here. Highly recommend!

Pros: excellent food, nice vibe

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karyn's cooked - Edit

this was the worst meal i have ever had. after i heard so many great things about this place, i had to try it. my non veg friends said it was great too, so i thought it would be amazing. my husband and i got the fried basket appetizer of tofu, mushrooms, and zucchini. came with ranch and bbq. that was good. for dinner we got sloppy joe and the steak sandwich. the sloppy joe was mushy and soft and watery with not much flavor. the steak sandwich was so SPICY and peppery you couldn't really taste anything else. they both came with sweet potatoes topped with bbq which was good. and some coleslaw which was watery as well. we didn't finish our meals and we NEVER leave food on a plate.
i heard great things about the dessert before so we got the german choc cake and the coconut cake to go. ate it once we got back to our hotel and had to THROW IT AWAY it was so bad. the german choc cake had a weird flavor. and as bad as this sounds, the coconut cake left a taste in your mouth that was reminiscent of barf. i have the biggest sweet tooth and will eat just about anything that is dessert. and i had to throw them away. it was horrible and i was shocked. an expensive meal ruined! on top of that our waiter was very unfriendly and there was a weird vibe in the restaurant. our waiter didn't even smile once the entire time we were there. and we were one of 3 tables in the place. so it's not like he was stressed and busy or anything. so disappointing!

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pretty good - Edit

I like Karyn's on green better, but Karyn's cooked is also good.

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wishing we had one back home - Edit

The only sad part of this visit is that we don't have one in Orlando. Everything was tasty. Great selection. Please try the chocolate silk pie. It's all flavor and won't weigh you down.

Pros: variety, comfort food, taste

Cons: !!?

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