Native Foods Cafe - The Loop

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    ( 88 reviews )
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218 S Clark St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60604

Small chain of vegan restaurants originating from Southern California. Offers a menu of sandwiches, veggie burgers, bowls, salads, and others. Order at the counter and food is brought to your table. This one est. 2012. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Catering, Fusion

88 Reviews

First Review by SynthVegan

Native Foods is always good - Edit

It’s native foods, it’s got that good good

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Dissapointing! - Edit

I have been a Native Foods customer for over 20 years. Their original location in Palm Desert, CA was my favorite restaurant growing up. Sadly, when I moved away for college, I moved to an area without a Native Foods.

I recently relocated to Chicago and was excited to come back to the restaurant. Unfortunately, the food has really become mediocre and the staff at this particular location is rude. I also contacted corporate about a particularly bad experience and their response was indifferent. As they are 100% vegan and convenient, I think they are still worth going to if nearby and/or pressed for time. However, I wouldn’t say they are go to place, especially with more and more vegan offerings popping up around the loop.

Updated from previous review on 2018-04-06

Pros: Food is 100% vegan, Convenient

Cons: Bad Service, Mediocre Food, Too Corporate

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very tasty and quick service. - Edit

Pricing was reasonable and the food was delicious... especially the plantain chips and dips!

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Great options - Edit

Tons of different options, cakes, and unexpected meal choices too. I would recommend this place.

Pros: Unique options, Lots of seating

Cons: Staff seemed a bit miserable

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Fantastic Menu! - Edit

I know Native Foods from Southern California, and was so happy to find that they are also in Chicago! Stopped here for a business lunch and enjoyed the Soul Bowl. The only drawback was having to choose from so many delicious-sounding items! I would definitely come back here.

Pros: Delicious Food, Quick Service, Extensive Menu

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Terrible Service and Mediocre "Food" - Edit

We used to frequent several Native Foods restaurants until last night. The food quality has slipped to mediocre, and the service was deliberately hostile. When we contacted the Native Foods corporate support to comment, their response was inexcusably bad. We will never return to any of their locations.

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-10

Cons: Bad Food, Worse service

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Favorite place to grab a quick meal - Edit

The staff is always friendly. The food is consistently great. The salted caramel brownie is to die for.

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One of the best - Edit

They never disappoint me. They have fresh creative menu with many categories for every taste which changes. This time I tried their Portobello Jibarito which is a must try for everyone. They use plantain bread which almost resembles pita bread but better which also make it gf. Another must try item is Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts which I had never had anything like it. They are whole Brussels Sprouts crispy on the outside with sweat & tangy flavor.

Pros: Always one of the best, Fresh tasty food, Friendly staff

Cons: I wish we had one in our area

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Worth It! - Edit

Great Service! A short walk from Millennial Park.

Pros: Friendly Service, Lots of options!

Cons: Fries were cold... but everything else was great!

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tasty low key dining - Edit

Really enjoyed the food and the selection is great. Staff weren’t too friendly or open to helping navigate the menu- it’s quite a casual place but great to grab a bite.

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great food - Edit

Really good selection of food, drinks, and desserts. My personal favorite is the Oklahoma Classic

Pros: Tons of options

Cons: A little pricey

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great flavorful foods from starters, to entrees and dessert - Edit

We love Native Foods. We’re been eating here for four plus years and have enjoyed many lunches and dinners when family, friends and colleagues. I personally love the “wings” and dessert. Great to see them keep growing...

Pros: amazing tastes, desserts, frequent diner program

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Creative & Delicious - Edit

One of the most creative selections of vegan food (both as to types of taste and variety of types of dishes, sandwiches and deserts) I've ever eaten at. It's always a treat and I've yet to get bored. Unfortunately I've also been unable to pick a favorite because I always want to try something new. Good vibe too in the Wicker Park location which is where I actually ate.

Pros: Lots of variety in tastes and types of dishes, Nice friendly vibe, Great unusual baked goods & drinks

Cons: It's in Chicago and I live in NY so I can only eat

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Awesome! - Edit

While visiting Chicago I found Native Foods Cafe was 2 blocks from me thanks to Happy Cow! Food was absolutely delicious and extremely filling. Had the (Seitan) steak sandwich + Thai Chili Brussel Sprouts. The Brussel sprouts alone are worth flying to Chicago for! They also had sea salt dark chocolate brownies, which are amazing.

I was also amazed by how big the cafe is and how many people were there. It's nice to see a large vegan community. I only wish they had a location in Brooklyn, NY.

Pros: Variety, Filling, Lots of People

Cons: Limited locations (no NYC)

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soooooo good! - Edit

This is my first time here. I’ve been wanting to try this place since turning vegan. Unfortunately, I don’t have one where I live. I’m visiting Chicago and was excited when I saw this pop up on Happy Cow! I had the soul bowl which delicious and fulfilling! My husband ( who isn’t vegan, yet) has a burger and loved it! Can’t wait to try more, before we leave!

Pros: prices

Cons: don’t have one near me

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delicious - Edit

This restaurant has really great food. My brother, meat eater, recently said that he wishes this place would open a restaurant closer to our house so he could eat there regularly. Their tacos are great. Their fried cauliflower and wings are delicious and they have fast service

Pros: price, speed

Cons: really far from my house

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Hit or miss food, GREAT service - Edit

We had nachos (disappointing), chicken sandwich & fries (both AMAZING), kids mac & cheese (gross). Also tried chocolate cupcakes (great), blondies (great), sea salt caramel brownies (great), peanut butter cups (very meh) and chocolate-covered sea salt caramels (barely edible).

But the service was FABULOUS, and there were tons of options. I'd visit again (but stick to things I knew I'd like).

Pros: amazing service, diverse offerings, all vegan, yay!

Cons: really hit or miss food, loud-ish music

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Great vegan Food! - Edit

This place is really great. The food is delicious, and some of the items are really unique, like the Chicken and waffles dish.

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always a fave! - Edit

I was so happy to find out that this place was right downtown. There's a bit of construction going on there, so it may be easy to overlook (but they do have some signage outside). I had the chicken and avocado club - excellent, of course - and the peanut butter parfait (my new best friend in life!). This location offers chicken and waffles on the weekends only. I'll have to try this at my next visit.

Pros: options, good tasting food fast

Cons: parking could be difficult (it's downtown - just w

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Wow! - Edit

This place is the best vegan place my husband and I have been to yet. The flavors of everything were off the charts good. The oatmeal cream pies were incredible. The variety of options was impressive and we ate at multiple locations. The lavender lemonade is so yummy. No complaints at all!

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Second visit even better then the last. - Edit

I was here a few weeks ago and had an AWESOME philly cheese steak. (I am 45 year philly native - I know cheesesteaks! Probably why I went plant based/vegan) My cousin who lives in chicago knows the owner of this specific spot and recommends it highly.

This visit I had the spicy cauliflower, very nice! And then for a main the Portobello Jibarito sandwich which was wonderful and flavorfull!! The plantain bread was a great gluten free option.

The watermelon fresca for a drink and finished with the peanut butter ice cream sundae. Oooh boy nice ending!!!

Pros: lots of vegan variety and options.

Cons: out of kombucha on my second visit ( had to think

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Great atmosphere and food - Edit

Very reasonable price and excellent food that even my non-vegan friends enjoy.

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tasty, affordable - Edit

Loved this place. Great things on the menu, good service and nice seating area. No wi-fi though.

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Very good but could use a bit more effort. - Edit

I first went to a Native Foods in 1998 in Palm Springs. None exist near me in Florida so I was excited to visit again while in Chicago. The peanut butter parfait was SUPERB, and the Reuben was good, but a tad lazily put together. There was one small squirt of dressing in one spot of the sandwich, and everyone knows the dressing is an important flavor in a Rueben. Still, I may have to go back tomorrow because I love Native Foods Cafe.

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Great Food!! - Edit

I had the Moroccan bowl and loved it! This place has so many options and I really enjoyed coming here.

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Meh - Edit

I was pretty excited about this place, but they were just ok. I ordered the wings, sweet potato fries, kale and watermelon fresca. Even though they had me repeat my order, they got it wrong. Then, when they were bringing out my food, they forgot it was a to go order, and they only brought out the wings. The wings were not very flavorful. If I went again, I'd probably order something else. I'd be willing to try again next time I'm in the area

Pros: Great variety, Location, They have a cookbook I might like to try

Cons: Wait time, Staff seem stressed and forgetful

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So many choices - Edit

I love whatever I get every time I visit Native Foods. I've always had nice service at the loop location as well. I'm not sure about their GF options but they have plenty of things for my nut free and vegan diet.

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