Chicago Diner

7 Aug

Hey friends! I’m fresh (and by fresh, I mean exhausted) from a trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2012. It was a long weekend full of great music, filthy bodies, and exhaustion, plus some food, of course. I’ll save the post on my festival eats for tomorrow/later this week. Today I want to share my trip to the Chicago Diner with you.

Meat free since ’83. Love it.

I’ve read about the Chicago Diner over and over again since becoming a vegetarian and have always wanted to try it. I did not have time during Lolla 2011, but I was dedicated to getting there this year. I woke up early — well, earlier than my husband and brother-in-law — and set out on my own. It was a fairly short and very easy trip to Lake View on the train from our hotel on Michigan Avenue and totally worth it. I did the right thing by starting out with a mimosa:

It was really hard to choose what to eat. Do any of my veggie buddies have the same problem at meat-free restaurants? I’m used to three options — several dozen is so much pressure! How did I ever choose back when I ate everything?! Anyway, I originally chose the Royal Benedict, but the waitress heartily recommended the Country Benedict (fried tofu on English muffin with garlic sautéed spinach, mushrooms, onions, and Country Sausæg Gravy, and fruit on the side). I also had to get one of the vegan cinnamon rolls.

Oh man, this was heavenly. Seriously. I ate about half of everything (well, I drank the entire mimosa) and took the rest back to the hotel room. It made great leftovers later that same day. For my Angeleno readers, I would say the Chicago Diner is similar in theme to Doomie’s Home Cookin’. Both have an emphasis on home-style, stick-to-your-ribs fare, but Chicago Diner’s food was a bit lighter and slightly less expensive. I still love me some Doomie’s, though.

More Lolla lovin’ comin’ atcha soon!

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2 Responses to “Chicago Diner”

  1. Snowbelle August 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I’ll be in Chicago this weekend and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a Radical Reuben and wash it down with a chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter milkshake! I get it in a to-go glass because it’s too rich to drink all at once. After tasting mine, my friends each got one to go after we finished our meals and then they drank them before we even left the restaurant! 🙂

    • Brigid August 8, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Oh man! I wish I had had the time to try more things from their menu. The shakes sounded awesome!

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