Kitchen 17

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 51 reviews )
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3132 N Broadway, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60657

Small cafe opened since 2013. Seats 16. Menu is vegan with an eclectic mix of American, Mexican, and Mediterranean food. Also has deep dish pizza. New menu Jul 2017. BYOB. Relocated from 613 W Briar Pl. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Pizza, Organic, Western, Delivery, Take-out

51 Reviews

First Review by Veggie46

Love their deep dish - Edit

I ordered the Mediterranean Deep Dish last night and it was so delicious. My none vegan brother kept going back for more slices. We also had the buffalo cauliflower and it was AMAZING!
Also the next time I’m hungover I will be ordering the cheesy fries. Such greasy goodness

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Revised 3 stars - Edit

I have eaten here numerous times. I've never had a bad meal. It's a very laid back place, with the owner being the cook, waiter, janitor, greeter, etc, so you have to come in expecting to wait a little for your food. It's a very small place, with seating for about 16.

Today, I had the Buffalo Greek Burger, which was exceptional. The gyro is the best in Chicago, in my opinion. The desserts are also very good.

Update: While K17 remains very popular for many, the general vibe is that the food and consistency is spotty. They have moved to a new location, which has more seating, but the restaurant appears to be understaffed which may be what is causing the service and food inconsistency. Additionally, the food is very rich and oily. Some people love this, for me, it is too much and I cannot eat the food.

Updated from previous review on 2014-05-03

Pros: 100% vegan, Good Food, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Service can sometimes be slow, be patient.

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vegan deep dish Pizza! - Edit

We loved the deep dish pizza, the vegan mozzarella they use is really great. We also got the cauliflower wings which I thought were a little on the crunchy side but the batter and the flavors were perfect. Very friendly and helpful staff

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amazing!!! - Edit

My boyfriend and I have been here a ton and we love all of the food we have gotten from here! In terms of their appetizers, the chili cheese fries rock, the buffalo wings are perfectly 'meaty', & the nachos (maybe too small of a portion) are DElicious. The pizza is sOoOo good that even days we promised we weren't going to order one, weee still ordered one... I'd certainly recommend N.Y. style- fully loaded if it's your first time! They have plenty of options in terms of sandwiches & burgers as well. We normally don't do burgers (our personal preference) but their 'chicken' sandwiches are equally as satisfying as a real chicken sandwich! They recently moved locations to be right off of Broadway Ave. which really balances the home style kitchen that you dine in. The staff is excellent and so down to earth. Please if your in the area & want amazing vegan eats, stop in Kitchen 17!

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Close to great, but falls short - Edit

We were thrilled to see that there was an option for Chicago deep-dish style pizza. The crust is good and the texture of the cheese and fillings are really good as well. Ultimately where it falls short is in the flavors. The tomato sauce feels like it is just plain tomato, with absolutely no seasoning. The rest of the pizza kind of has that same issue, just overall lacking in flavor. It's a shame, with a couple of small flavoring tweaks, this pizza could be insanely good. It is a bummer that it doesn't quite make it over the finish line.


The restaurant itself is very casual and not the nicest. It has an upscale fast food vibe and could be a bit cleaner.

Pros: Chilli Cheese Fries

Cons: Bland, Atmosphere

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meh - Edit

I'm not disappointed, and I'm not impressed. It looks better than it taste. Minimal variety. The most flavorful ingredient is the red pepper flakes.

Cons: minimal variety. small menu.

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meh - Edit

i don't get the hype. we had the pizza, which was decent, but the bottom crust was oddly hard. also had tacos with rice and beans. the rice was very dry and the beans were sweet, i couldn't finish them. i wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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Would Go Again! - Edit

My burger was a bit too spicy for me, but the flavor was excellent. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dipping sauces as they weren't very flavorful. My husband loved his "chicken" burger and the regular fries were really yummy.

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Great pizza! - Edit

Tried their buffalo cauliflower and didn't like it much. It was way too salty, but deep dish pizza was truly amazing. Not sure what their white sauce is made off, but tastes so so good!

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Cauliflower Chicken Wings - Edit

First time...eating at a true vegan place and I am happy...like a happy cow. The owner was very informative about all foods vegan.

Pros: I can only now speak on behalf of those great caul

Cons: more items to come, new location just opened.

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All good food! - Edit

Okay for those of you who have never been here before...you have to go up to the counter and order (there's menus up there). My friend and I didn't know this so we were sitting at a table for a while! We got the cauliflower wings, the Big K burger, and the chipotle burger...everything was super good and came out fast! The wings were good although they were a little too spicy for me (it had a red hot's flavor). The Big K tasted like a burger from a fast food joint and the chipotle burger was also really good, but next time I would choose the Big K!

Pros: Fast, Nice

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LOVE IT - Edit

This place is great!! I've had the deep dish pizza and the thin crust pizza on separate occasions and my were they tasty! I especially enjoyed the deep dish. I do not know of any other place in Chicago or even NYC or LA where you can get vegan deep dish. I went with my non vegan dad and he said the deep dish was pretty good too! Service is great! Only took 15mins to cook and serve the deep dish. They have complementary water and plastic water cups for dining in. Nice location, full of life street! New location is very big and now they have deep dish everyday, instead of just Wednesdays at old location.

Pros: deep dish pizza, fast service

Cons: needs more locations!!

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now I know what all the fuss is about - Edit

Wow, this place is awesome! I love that their menu is "a suggestion" rather than a limited amount of items. I ate off the menu ... pizza and latkes ... and it was just so delicious! Only Chicago Diner has made me this happy in the past.

It is BYOB, which was a plus for me (saves money!). Not too big, with outdoor seating. Super friendly staff and mostly naturally gluten free items. I was with a friend who does not eat exclusively plant-based or gluten-free foods, and he loved it.

Pros: gluten free options, 100 percent plant based, friendly staff

Cons: only one location!

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amazing food and service - Edit

The service was really really good, the women was nice and informative about the menu.
The deep dish pizza was the BEST, so filling and obviously a great alternative
Would def revisit next time :)

Cons: they just moved locations, address has not been up

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cute little spot with amazing burgers. - Edit

My partner and I came here last week and tried the burgers. I had the BBQ burger and he had a build-your-own with buffalo sauce on it. We loved the way the sauces were spiced! The homemade cheese was amazing too. Very tasty. My partner is not even vegan, and he was so excited and said this was the best burger he has ever eaten! It was pretty good.
I have to try the deep dish next time. What a lovely little restaurant!

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Disappointing - Edit

My kids and I made a special trip from the suburbs for dessert. I asked for 1 slice of cake for each kid and they refused to sell it to me. The manager wanted to save the cake on the off chance other customers came in. It was an hour before close and they had one customer dining. I tried to talk to the manger but she was rude and could care less. No customer service. It was mind blowing to me to go to a restaurant, order food and then to be refused service. It was a terrible experience.

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Great Veggie Burgers, even better cake! - Edit

My husband and I grabbed some veggies burgers here before heading out to the airport. We would have gotten the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza but we'd ordered (not deep dish) pizza from Whole Foods the night before so we decided to skip that. The burgers were quite good but the amazing mocha cake was even better. One slice was huge - definitely enough for two of us to share. Good prices for what you got in exchange!

Pros: Vegan Deep Dish Pizza!, Amazing dessert, Yummy veggie burgers

Cons: seating could be limited

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Every neighborhood needs a place like this! - Edit

This is a no-frills hole-in-the-wall that serves vegan burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and the like. The gyro tasted wonderful - very authentic seasoning. The thinly shaved seitan was a little chewy and on the dry side, but the very fresh veggies and dill sauce made that less of an issue. It was a really good, satisfying sandwich. Friendly, laid back staff. The entire menu is vegan.

Pros: Everything is vegan, Flavor!

Cons: Seitan was a little tough

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Best place for the Junk Food Vegan - Edit

This is really the best place in Chicago for vegan junk food. Get the BIg K burger (also known as the Fast Food Burger) and you'll be set. The only thing missing is cheese fries (they don't have fries) but maybe someday?

This place is very casual, you don't get a waiter. It's more like eating at Panera where you order your food and then they leave you alone.

Cons: small restaurant, not a lot of space

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Disappointing deep dish pizza - Edit

Based on the reviews we thought this place would be fabulous but we were deeply disappointed. We ordered the traditional deep dish pizza. Diners who arrived after us were served before us, that might explain why our pizza was warm, not hot. Consisted of mainly bread with some sort of fake meat crumbles and marinara sauce. Cheese was undetectable. Crust was hard on the bottom and doughy in the center. Staff never asked if we enjoyed our meal and didn't seem to care when I commented on missing mozzarella, she said it was mixed in the bottom layer of sausage. Might explain why the crust was so hard you could barely cut it! Was not worth the train ride. We will not be back. Only gave it two stars because we could not give it less.

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Your place for vegan junk - Edit

The food here will make you question if it's really vegan. Their BBQ burger is simply amazing - even my hardcore meat loving sister digged it. I would say the deep dish pizza was disappointing and super small. Not worth it for the price. I hear they are relocating or revamping the restaurant? I hope to be back for their desserts one day...

Pros: Old and lackluster dining area

Cons: Not so healthy...

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Favorite - Edit

This is not only one of the best and most delicious vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Chicago it is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Period. It's moving to a much larger location up the street from its current tiny spot. Vegan beer is rumored to be on tap! If you're craving a fast food burger, they make one here, in house, with scratch made seitan! It is reminiscent of the McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese and is seriously and dangerously addicting. I haven't ever had anything here that I didn't completely fall in love with. Every time we take a visitor to Chicago there they always want to go back again.

Pros: Amazing food , Super friendly owner & staff , Moving to a larger location with alcohol!

Cons: Small

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amaze balls - Edit

Casual cafe. Super friendly staff. Chill vibe. Free wifi. Delicious food. Street parking out front.

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great vegan deep dish pizza - Edit

Came all the way from Switzerland to have their delicious vegan deep dish pizza. Fantastic!

Pros: delicious food, friendly service.

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Delicious! - Edit

They had a chimichanga special that my husband says was delicious. I had their chicken sandwich which was soooo good. totally recommended. we'll be back!

Pros: Fully vegan

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One of a kind! - Edit

I visited Chicago over the summer and couldn't wait to check out Kitchen 17. A vegan friend of mine had already been and said I had to try the pizza, and I am SO glad I did. I was looking forward to trying the deep dish but on the day I was there deep dish wasn't being offered, so I ordered the Sicilian and it was crazy delicious! Unlike any other vegan pizza I've had...soooo good. I absolutely loved the pepperoni seitan. Definitely one of the best vegan pizzas I've had. Ordered the spinach artichoke dip for appetizer and I was very impressed. Haven't seen this on the menu in any other vegan restaurant I've been to. For dessert I had a couple different types of donuts and they were very tasty. Wished I lived closer so I could try everything on the menu!

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Great Food - Edit

Kitchen 17 was on my list of places to try when I visited Chicago last week. I wasn't able to get there for the deep dish pizza, but the regular pizza we had (supreme) was amazing. One of the best vegan pizzas I had. We also had the nachos and I tried the cherry milkshake. I went with non vegan friends who were also impressed with the food.

Pros: Great Food, Reasonable prices , Friendly service

Cons: Seating is limited

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