Flat Top Grill

Chicago, Illinois

Closed as of Jul 13 13

319 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60610


4.1 / 4 votes

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A fun build-your-own stir-fry spot.

The Flat Top Grill is an all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue-style restaurant. The ingredient bar includes a wide variety of vegetables plus noodles, rice, and tofu. A large blackboard indicates which of the many sauces are vegan (almost all of them are). Special markers are available to let the cooks know they should prepare your food in a separate wok. If you're in doubt about anything, a full ingredient listing is readily available upon request. The place can get really packed on weekends, so call ahead and make a reservation.

A sampling of their vegetarian options include:
- Quorn (mushroom meat)
- Seitan (wheat meat)
- BBQ Vegetable Tempeh (soy protein) - GMO free
- Curry Pakora (soy protein) - GMO free

Note: All veggie proteins are vegan except Quorn which contains eggs.
Mu shu wraps are not vegan.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Aug 27 03 (last updated Jul 13 13)

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This is my "home" Flat Top grill location. I've been coming here for over 7 years. It is awesome for vegetarians and vegans alike. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces. They keep the food bar area very clean so there are not sauces dripping all over or contaminating other food bins.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. If you're like me and you prefer to have two or three roti breads for the table you have to ask your server for that. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

What I love about this place is they put the noodles, rice, vegetables and mock meats up front. There is dead meat served here too but it's at the end of the line where it belongs--an unfortunate afterthought.

Usually there is no wait at all, but on Friday or Saturdays nights you can sometimes get surprised with a long wait so you can't go wrong with a reservation.

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This is the perfect place to go if you have a group of friends with mixed eating preferences. I also enjoy how everything is clearly labeled in addition to the fact that they have seitan as an ingredient.

One of the servers also informed me once that the Indian rotis (use a blue stick to have one added to your dish) are completely vegan.

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Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • Diner's Club Discover Visa


  • Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly


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