Veggie Bite

Chicago, Illinois


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Some items are incomparably better to others but as a whole cheap and very very appetizing. Seriously my favorite fries ever. And yes the food is greasy just like fast food BUT the time from ordering ‘till u get the meal is not fast... its made to order just like a restaurant so expect comparable restaurant wait-time and be thankful its fresh.

I recommend: burger, chicken nuggets, chili fries, and fries
Vegan boyfriend LOVES: meatball, fajita, and nachos as well **the nachos are literally almost an exact mimic of what u would find at a movie theatre or baseball game, cheap tortilla chips and nacho cheese -if that’s what u look for in nachos this is it.

item I don’t recommend: buffalo anything

info on other items: the tofu nuggets are little squares of tofu w/breadcrumbs fried, the BBQ nuggets are just cuts of seitan not breaded in anyway

AND as of summer 09 they just opened an ice cream bar with their own all vegan "liCK" ice cream. I haven't tried it yet but hopefully it'll steal some across the street Oberweiss customers!

This place is sooo worth the trip keeping the above in mind.

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Completely completely completely disappointed. I was expecting so much more from this vegan, purported 'healthy,' restaurant. First of all, there's nothing healthy about over-processed vegetables and tofu. Secondly, the food was absolutely aweful...and I'm not exaggerating. I ordered 'buffalo wings' which turned out to be soggy fried tofu with a splash of a watery 'buffalo' sauce. The fries were fries, and my chocolate chip cookie dough shake tasted like a bland chocolate shake. Granted, I have high expectations, having had the delicious Temptations based shakes of the The Chicago Diner and 'drumsticks' of vegan-haven Food Swings in Williamsburg, but there are no excuses when it comes to poorly made vegan fast food. If things couldn't get worse, the service was poor and the place was so cold we had to sit with our full winter gear in place. I've said my peace.

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I came here expecting more, honestly. I'd had Veggie Bite food at green conferences in Chicago and was amazed (they set up shop at at least a few of these events) by their nuggets and sandwiches.

But when I went to their second outlet in Chicago I found the service to be slow and a little bit bumbling. The place wasn't super-clean either, with many tables and the especially the floor, needing a good wipe-down.

My meat-eating cousin who was with me loved everything here, from the chicken burger to the chili cheese fries to the nuggets. I, however, found all of the food to not be as impressive as at those conferences; this time it felt flat and greasy, like the ingredients had been sitting around for a while. I also thought they loaded the chicken burger with way too many liquid condiments, making the bread horribly soggy, and making the "meat" patty lose all of its crispy-fried goodness.

That said, I'll definitely come back here to see if I just ended up there on an off-day. At least my cousin loved it and he used to be skeptical of vegan food.

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Not sure why there aren't way more reviews and ratings for this excellent all-vegan "fast food" joint. I put fast food in quotes since that's the style of food available, but it wasn't particularly "fast." The food was fun and tasty--my friend and I ordered the Philly cheese steak, chili cheese fries, BBQ nuggets, and a cookie dough shake. My only critiques is that the cheese was decent, but could have been better, and I would have ordered the chik'n nuggets with a side of BBQ sauce, rather than the BBQ nuggets (which were essentially fried seitan cubes with BBQ sauce on the side).

They are also very supportive of animal rights activism, which is indicated by various signs and flyers in the restaurant.

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This place is unbelieveable, like a vegan oasis amidst a sea of nasty omni fast food joints. Its price compares to a slightly nicer fast food joint, like maybe Wendy's, and the food is worth every penny. Atmosphere is like someone bought a McDonald's and magically made it vegan (and immaculately cleaned it up). It's usually bustling but there is almost no wait at all.

The entrees, $3-7, fill you up quite well and they also provide a little welcome greasiness (hey you're at a fast food place!). The sides, like BBQ nuggets, tofu nuggets, etc. are all very well done and supposedly quite 'meat'-like. The dessert milkshakes are VERY good too.

Only complaint I've heard is that the 'cheese' sauce that they put in cheeseburgers and such is runny. I personally liked the taste but it might be something you'd have to get used to.

Also worth mentioning is that the place is filled with vegan propaganda, like magazines, flyers, etc. Which I think is great.

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