Posts Tagged ‘chicago vegan bar’

Ground Control

This place is a great combination of some of my favorite things, sci-fi themed, vegan food and arcade games. Though it’s been at its location for about 6 years, I just heard about it within the last month.

I hadn’t seen my friend Laurie in a while so we decided to meet up here to give it a try. For starters, we ordered the Curry Fritters. I liked these, they were an odd mixture of a potato samosa filling and beer battered fried food with a really good cilantro-mint chutney. I would order these again. That chutney was very good, I’m not a huge cilantro fan so that’s saying a lot.

For the main entrees, I ordered the Southern Fried Tofu because I love tofu. Laurie ordered the Smothered Sweet Potato Tacos.
Of the two, the Sweet Potato Tacos was the most flavorful. We were both a little worried about the cheese, but it was really good. Not sure if it’s made there or from another source but it didn’t disappoint as a cheese substitute. I was really loving the tomato ancho sauce, it was very tasty and went amazingly well with the sweet potatoes. My only complaint here was that some of the sweet potatoes were undercooked.

My Southern Fried Tofu was good, not great, but good. I think part of my issue with it was that I was expecting the tofu to be thin slices, but instead, it was thicker little chunks, probably because it’s more likely to stay together than if it was thin slices. The mashed potatoes were really good, but I wasn’t crazy about the beer marinated kale or the corn salsa. I think Laurie liked the salsa more than me. I’ve come to the conclusion that I only like kale with apple cider vinegar.

We also had a couple of mixed drinks to go with our dinner. I chose the British Mule made with Pimm’s, vodka, ginger beer, and a splash of lime. I was a bit disappointed with my choice. I’m not that familiar with Pimm’s but thought I’d give it a try and I probably won’t do that again. Laurie ordered the Old Maiden which was Gin, St. Germain, cucumber pulp, fresh mint, and lime. It was delicious. I wish I had ordered it. Next time!

Overall I liked Ground Control. I’d give it a 7.5 out of 10 if I had that sort of rating system. I also have to say that I really liked our waiter, he was really nice and when we left he ran after me because I had forgotten my sweater in the booth.

3315 W. Armitage
773-772-9446

Check out their website for more info.



Posted on: September 22nd, 2018 by Gette

Handlebar

On Mother’s Day we tried to go to Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen’s event at Emporium, but by the time we got there most stuff was sold out so we decided to go to Handlebar instead. Handlebar is a bar/restaurant that’s been around for about 15 years in Wicker Park and I’ve gone once or twice over the years but at those times I wasn’t a vegan so I didn’t give it much thought. It seemed like a nice place with a nice patio where you could hang out with friends, have a beer and get some decent food. They have a very unassuming vegan vibe and by that, I mean that if you aren’t concerned about your food options you might not notice the mostly vegan/vegetarian options they have available.

Now that I’m a vegan I’d been waiting for an opportunity to go back so I was pretty excited about it.  I couldn’t wait to sample their offerings as a full-fledged vegan. My daughter wanted the Chili cheese fries and I wanted to share them with her so we ordered those, and for her main dish she opted for the macaroni and cheese (not vegan) and I ordered a sloppy joe sandwich for myself. Hubby got a bowl of Ground Nut Stew. The cheese fries were so good, I would’ve been fine just eating those but the sloppy joe really hit the spot for me and I gobbled it down so fast I almost forgot to take a photo of it. I think it’s safe to say we were all very satisfied with our meals and there weren’t any leftovers. Unfortunately, we were too full to order dessert which is my one regret because they are one of the few places that offer cakes from Pie, Pie My Darling. I haven’t tried her cakes yet, but I follow her on Instagram and drool.

The staff was really nice and the atmosphere was laid back. They offer fair trade coffee, a full bar and they source their produce from local farms. They also deliver!

Check out their website for more info.



Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by Gette