Protein Bar - River North

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

352 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60654

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual, healthier food concept chain. Menu has vegan items with tofu, vegan cheese, quinoa, chili with soy protein, non-dairy milk, smoothies, and fresh juice.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Fusion, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by happycowgirl

Quick and Easy - Edit

This was super close to the hotel we were staying at for work. The selection was adequate and the food was amazing. I had a Basic Black Bean Bowl and loved it. My only concern was the attitude the cashiers gave my mother and me.

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decent - Edit

I would recommend the vegetarian chili that you can order without cheese. Other than that, the other offerings are bland. Good if you just need a quick fill up but not much else.

Pros: Menu clearly marked with vegan options

Cons: not much flavor

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Good for lunch - Edit

I had a very tasty sweet ootatoe salad and a soup. Tofu was wiirhout any spices. Nevertheless a good stop in the city cente. Busy place during lunch hours.

Pros: fast service

Cons: plastik forks and knifes

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Very Filling - Edit

Great place to go with vegan, vegetarian or meat-eating friends. Something for everyone. Delicious burritos and I enjoyed having so many vegan options. What impressed me most was how filling it is. I've had their burritos and their bowls and I haven't been able to finish one yet. They don't skimp on portion size, that's for sure.

One more thing to mention - they don't have soft drinks. Instead they have crazy delicious raw juices. Trust me, you won't miss the Diet Coke!

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Protein Bar - Edit

I've eaten at both Protein Bar locations several times - this one happens to close to where I live, so even better. I appreciate the amount of vegan options they offer, as well as the fact that they have Daiya cheese. My favorite item is the vegan quinoa burrito with Daiya cheese, tasty! While PB is a great place to get lunch, I wouldn't recommend it as a destination to out-of-towners...we have some pretty fantastic vegan & vegetarian places here that shouldn't be missed (e.g. Native Foods, Chicago Diner, Karyn's, etc.).
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 14, 2011

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Vegan Goes Mainstream - Edit

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.

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