Karyn's Cooked

Chicago, Illinois

4.1 / 30 votes

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Conscious Comfort Food

Restaurant, Bar

This restaurant is a collaboration between Karyn of Karyn's Fresh Corner and one of the original Soul Vegetarian East chefs. The food is an array of hollywood raw, superfoods, soul food, pizza, fajitas, pasta, burgers, cakes, pies and other "comfort" foods. There is also a raw foods special every day.

Added by Lola on Feb 20 05 (last updated Feb 23 12)

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We dined here for my birthday. We had to wait a few minutes to get a table, but it wasn't too bad. We started off with the thai skewers appetizer with peanut sauce. It wasn't exactly what I expected; I'm not a huge fan of processed faux meats and this was 3 slices of it, and the peanut sauce tasted like peanut butter with a little spice. I saw the bruscetta that someone else ordered and that is probably what I would get next time. For an entree, I ordered the green enchiladas, which were good. My favorite part of it was actually the refried black beans served on the side, they were the best I'd ever had! My boyfriend ordered the coconut curry which was the nightly special, and it was lovely, not too sweet like other coconut curries I've had. The portions were perfect, I was very happily full at the end. We also ordered dessert, I had the french silk pie, which was fantastic, the cream was the most realistic vegan cream I've ever had. My boyfriend got their bread pudding, which for only $4, was a great bargain. His piece was just as big as my piece of pie.

One thing I noted while we were waiting to be seating is that a lot of the Karyn's brand foods they sell at the front contained honey. It seemed to be mostly the raw foods, like the crackers, so I'm not sure if this is something that raw vegans often do, but if you avoid honey, be careful what you purchase.

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I love that everything at Karyn's is vegan. It definitely makes for an easy dining experience. :) I ordered the stuffed eggplant. The one thing I absolutely hate is onions, and I asked for it without. I was informed that the sauce or filling or whatever is premade, so they would be in there. Even with the onions, it was still really great. The bread it came with was tasty. It had a smoky, grilled taste that was so good and unique. My boyfriend ordered the jerk tofu sandwich. It had the perfect flavor and was so good. Despite being stuffed, we had to get a dessert, since they looked so tasty. We shared a piece of coconut cream pie, and it was like no other vegan dessert I'd ever had before. The flavor was perfect. After we had finished and were looking over the bill, the waitress came over and asked us how we liked the pie. After we told her how much we loved it, she told us she had messed up cutting a piece, and asked if we wanted it! We took it with us and had it for a snack the next day. I have never gotten such great customer service before, so that definitely made our experience there even better. I can't wait to go back and try something else there, or maybe even try her raw restaurant.

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Take the Brown Line to the Chicago stop. One block east, on Wells between Chicago and Superior.


Accepts Reservations


$$ - average


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  • American
  • Mexican
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Brunch
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11am - 10pm
11am - 11pm
11am - 10pm

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