Urban Vegan

Chicago, Illinois

4.3 / 7 votes

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Vegan Thai food

Also offers some American options such as burgers. Also see their facebook page for more updates: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Vegan-Chicago/218909548136741

Added by conde.kedar on May 19 11 (last updated Jul 4 11)

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For starters, my friend and I had the grilled veggie dumplings, the house salad, and seafood tom yum soup. The portions are big! The dumplings were about what we expected - your everyday vegan frozen dumpling that was grilled. I think next time, I'd like to try the crispy chicken or chicken satay instead. They sound interesting! The house salad was filled with lots of veggies and I went with peanut sauce for the dressing. There is also tahini and Italian dressing. I've never had a Larb salad before since they aren't vegan, but that's the next salad I'm going to try here. The tom yum soup with seafood was interesting, to say the least. I've had vegan fish fillets before and vegan shrimp... but never the fish in a broth. Personally, the best preparation I've ever seen of vegan fish was in a light sauce and the fillet slightly seared. The seaweed wrapped around it to be the "skin" gives it that fishy taste quality. Vegan shrimp, for me, isn't really worth it. It's chewy and doesn't add much to the mix.

Our dinner entree's were the garlic pepper entree with pepper steak and the pad won zen with soy chicken. The pepper steak was pretty good and it came with rice, though I would have appreciated a few more veggies tossed in there. I liked the pad won zen very much (it has more veggies), but it was cold which kind of ruined the appeal (was looking forward to hot noodles!). Next time, I think I'd like to try the P.E.T. (pumpkin, eggplant, tofu) and the wonton noodle soup (I've missed wonton soup since being vegan - it was my staple at Chinese restaurants since I was a wee one).

Overall, I think Urban Vegan is a nice change from the normal Thai vegan dining experience (no fish sauce! no oyster sauce! no egg! tofu!). I'm definitely going to come back and try it again. It seems to be doing great thus far and the Chicago vegan community loves it.

For a complete review, please see my blog here: http://veganmiss.blogspot.com/2011/12/vegan-chicago-restaurant-review-of.html

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This is a great little place with a large all-vegan menu, which is mostly Thai style food. The dining room is tiny and fairly plain, but the quality of the food is the focus. I had the Pad See-Ew with seitan and Freshy Rolls - both were very good. One unusual feature is that the menu features several different kinds of veggie "meat" including a veggie "fish", which I'll have to try on one of my future visits.

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At Ashland. Brown line: Montrose stop.

Accepts Reservations


$$ - average


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  • American
  • Thai


  • Delivery


main image for Urban Vegan Grilled Veggie Dumplings Seafood Tom Yum Soup Garlic Pepper Steak Pad Won Zen (w/ Soy Chicken)


4:30pm - 9pm
11am - 9:30pm
11am - 10pm
noon - 9pm

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