another josh lunch spot that i frequently hear about is mezza grill on the pedway. (which, by the way, still weirds me out. i didn't know about this whole underground network until about 2 years ago ... weird.) anywho -- me & le bébé decided to take a trip to the loop & check it out with josh for lunch one day a while back.
mezza is all about "wholesome. hearty. healthy." sounds good, right? here's what i had ...
falafel plate :
falafel, brown rice, hummus & fresh tomato salad.
pitas not vegan. wah!
not going to lie ... this was good. not great. i used to be convinced that every mediterranean place in chicago sourced their falafel from the same delicious vendor ... except mezza. they need to get on the same level as the rest of the city. hummus also fine ... tomato salad? delicious!!
i'm glad to report on all of these lunch places in the loop that will hook a vegan up ... maybe it was just me or maybe mezza was having an off day ... but they're certainly worth checking out.
-- mezza grill
225 n. michigan ave. (pedway)
chicago, mil 60601
southport grocery is another one of those that is right down the street from my apartment... yet i surprisingly go there very infrequently. mostly due to the long wait times on the weekend. but during my maternity leave, i had all the time in the world. (kidding. there was no time for anything. because baby. duh.)
anyway, me & the chi city vegan baby did manage a birthday lunch with a pal (hi, ilana!) & we ended up at southport grocery. (here are the deets from my first visit, if you're interested.)
here's what i had ...
hummus platter :
i got this because i wanted the carby pita bread. mmm. the olives were also spot on ... & the rest of the veggies were, well, veggies. crisp & fresh.
vegan blueberry cornbread muffin :
love a vegan baked good. they warmed this up so it was extra delicious.
southport grocery may become more of a go-to for me ... or at least i may just stop in for a vegan muffin every now & then. either way, good stuff for vegans!
given my love for various asian soups, it's surprising how long it took me to get over to ramen takeya in the west loop ... especially since it opened last march. aka, still chilly soup weather & preggo cravings at an all time high.
instead, the chi city vegan baby & i picked up a couple of coworkers (hi, tnaya & duarte!) during my maternity leave & grabbed some lunch there on a rainy, fall-to-winter day.
anyway, ramen takeya is the sister restaurant of wasabi in logan square. they specialize in chicken broth, not applicable to us. what does matter is that like wasabi, ramen takeya has a vegan ramen with a perma-spot on their menu. double thumbs up emoji!
here's what i had ...
vegan tan tan men :
upton's seitan ragu, mushroom & seaweed broth, buckwheat noodles, scallions, sesame, bok choy, chili oil & chili threads.
love me some vegan ramen. everything about this was delicious. perfect winter comfort food.
ramen takeya is just a few blocks from my office ... as winter creeps in, i know it will become a lunch staple!