Vegan In Chicago: Karyn’s Cooked

June 18, 2010 by Keri

Monday night we chose Karyn’s Cooked for dinner.  When I asked Twitter where to dine vegan in Chicago, everyone recommended Karyn’s Cooked over Karyn’s on Green, so we went with what you guys suggested.  Upon opening the car door at our parking space to make the short walk to the restaurant, I was greeted with this sticker right at eye level.  It made me smile, so I had to take a picture.  I’m sure it makes a lot of people smile!

Once we were seated at Karyn’s, we ordered the bruschetta appetizer.

Multi-grain bread with tomatoes, basil, garlic.

It came with 3 pieces, but by the time I remembered to get out my camera (it’s hard to be a foodie and a blogger because it’s like, “OMG food!- oh, right, must take pictures before licking my plate”) two were already claimed.  The bread had a great grilled flavor topped with fresh  tomatoes and herbs.

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I had no idea what to order as my meal, so while my husband was looking up other people’s recommendations on his phone, I chose the Homestyle “Meat” Loaf because I’m a sucker for mashed potatoes.

Homestyle meat loaf served with garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and shiitake mushroom gravy.

I loved the mashed potatoes and shiitake mushroom gravy!  The “meat” loaf was also tasty and filling, the portion too large for me to finish by myself.  Luckily, I was sharing with the little man, but even then there was more to go around.

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Chris ordered the Buddha Bowl.

Brown rice with grilled veggies in teriyaki sauce.

He said it was pretty good, and he’s a sucker for teriyaki sauce, so I’m sure that’s what drew him in.  I apologize for the blurry, dark image on his dish.  I snapped the picture and before I could say, “Wait, I didn’t get it,” he was chowing.  Oh, the difficulties of dining with a blogger.

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Dad chose the grilled portobello sandwich.

Mac-daddy of the mushroom-marinated and grilled to perfection with grilled onions, peppers, marinara and a creamy garlic sauce on a toasted, whole wheat bun.

I probably would have chosen this one if he hadn’t “called it” first.  It looked really good and I love anything portobello.

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Dessert time!  Yes, ordering dessert twice in one day is perfectly acceptable when you’re on a food vacation.  Dad and I split the tiramisu cake and wow was it delicious- rich, sweet tiramisu perfection!

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Chris and the little man aren’t much into tiramisu, so they shared a slice of lemon meringue pie.  I snagged a bite myself, and that was one amazing pie.  I’m not sure which was better, but they were loving their selection.  If I lived in Chicago, Karyn’s would be a regular dessert stop for me!

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Since it was the end of a long day, our little boy was tired, over-excited, and may have opened up his lungs a little louder than we’d have preferred in public, but everyone was very friendly and the girl at the counter even came to say hello to him.  By the time we got the the hotel though, he was definitely ready to crash, even shushing us as he lay in his bed.  What a great day in Chicago!

Have you ever dined at Karyn’s Cooked or Karyn’s on Green?  What did you order?

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