Flat Top Grill

Evanston, Illinois

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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 Nov 24 11)

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

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. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

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$$ - average


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  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Buffet
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly


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