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.