Karyn's Cooked

Chicago, Illinois

Closed as of Sep 24

738 N. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610


4.0 / 31 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 Sep 25)

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We ate here on a Saturday during a recent visit to Chicago. We shared a guacamole appetizer with a friend and it was okay. For the main dish, I really wanted the stuffed eggplant,but when I asked our server how it was, he said he'd never had it since he dislikes eggplant, so I chickened out and got the Classic Lasagna instead. He had told me it was one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. It was okay, perhaps even pretty good, but not a standout in my opinion.

My husband got the special that day -- a yellow coconut curry with vegetables. Again, somewhere between okay and pretty good,but not a standout. Our friends had a basket of fried veggies which they said was good.

All in all, I think three and half stars is about what Karyn's Cooked deserves. I've eaten at much better vegan restaurants than this at my home city of Los Angeles, but as a vegan I don't take vegan options for granted, and I was glad that Karyn's Cooked was there and so convenient to our hotel.

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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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River North


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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