One of Chicago's most popular vegetarian restaurants is set to expand into a second location in the city's Logan Square neighborhood this fall.
The Chicago Diner opened almost 30 years ago and its flagship Lakeview diner, located at 3411 N. Halsted, has long been a favorite of local foodies, including more than a few carnivores. According to Chicagoist, this fall it will open a second location at the site of the recently closed Logan Square Kitchen at 2333 N. Milwaukee.
The news came via the Logan Square Kitchen's Facebook page, which posted on July 4 that the building's keys were "now in the hands of good folks from The Chicago Diner."
The Logan Square Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen business, closed last month on the heels of a feud with the city over inspections, licensing and other issues that was ongoing since it opened in 2009.
Zina Murray, the Logan Square Kitchen's owner, previously commented that hers was "an innovative, bold idea that never had its chance. … It's a sad time when our government kills the very things that can heal our City."
The Chicago Diner is well known for their tantalizing vegan milk shakes and both vegetarian- and vegan-friendly takes on classic comfort foods.
Note: The Chicago Tribune first broke news of the Diner leasing the former site of the Logan Square Kitchen.
The Chicago Diner was among the Chicago eateries we recently called out for serving up downright delicious meat-free burgers. Check out more veggie-friendly dining options below:
<em>1484 North Milwaukee Avenue, 218 South Clark Street, 1023 West Belmont Avenue</em><br><br>This relatively-new-to-Chicago mini-chain featured a number of meat- and dairy-free takes on comforting classics (including an Oklahoma "Bacon" Cheseburger), but our favorite is the Scorpion Burger: A Blackened Tempeh patty topped with chipotle sauce, lettuce, carrots, onions and a healthy portion of avocado.<br><br><em>Photo: Facebook</em>
MANA Food Bar
<em>1742 West Division Street</em><br><br>Had no problem cutting meat out of your diet but still missing sliders? MANA has you covered with their veggie mini-burgers. From 4-6 p.m. daily, get two of their sliders plus a beer for just $7.50.<br><br><em>Photo: Facebook</em>
<em>2900 West Belmont Avenue </em><br><br>It will come as news to precisely no one that this Avondale hot spot is known for their tantalizing burgers (as well as their usually-exceedingly-long lines). But what you may not know is that all their beefy treasures, like the Lair of the Minotaur (pictured), are available with a veggie patty. Skip the bacon on top of many of them and you're set to go!<br><br><em>Photo: seamusiv (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/withoutsound/5524802178/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>)</em>
<em>3411 North Halsted Street</em><br><br>Chicago's premier destination for vegetarian comfort food, naturally, serves up several burger options, including a "Titantic BLT Burger," a BBQ "bacon" variety and a black bean-based "Black Mamba." They're all great, especially with a side of the diner's macaroni and "cheese" and washed down by the diner's signature, surprisingly convincing dairy-free milkshakes.<br><br><em>Photo: Facebook</em>
<em>2535 North Milwaukee Avenue</em><br><br>First-timers ordering off the menu at this Logan Square eatery might just go for the regular ole veggie burger here, which is delicious in its own right, especially when accompanied by tater tots as a side. But for an extra dollar, the burger comes with avocado and a roasted red pepper aioli. It will be the best dollar you've ever spent.<br><br><em>Photo: SweetOnVeg (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetonveg/5841255378/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>)</em>
<em>1024 North Western Avenue </em><br><br>This heavy metal-themed bar, located kitty corner from the Empty Bottle in the Ukrainian Village, has a couple of fantastic vegetarian-friendly options among its sprawling menu, including our favorite, the Identity Theft burger, which is topped with greens, cucumber, fried onions and shallot dressing.<br><br><em>Photo: Facebook</em>
DMK Burger Bar
<em>2954 North Sheffield Avenue</em><br><br>DMK, like Kuma's, is known as one of the city's best purveyors of the meaty good stuff, and, also like Kuma's, they can put a meat-free twist on any of their 14 signature burgers.<br><br><em>Photo: Facebook</em>
Cleo's Bar & Grill
<em>1935 West Chicago Avenue </em><br><br>We've heard rumors about what this neighborhood bar's homemade veggie burger can do to an unassuming meat-free foodie. We're anxious to go see for ourselves.<br><br><em>Photo: MattHurst (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skewgee/6935968656/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>)</em>
How to Make Chickpea Burgers
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