LooseLeaf Lounge

Chicago, Illinois


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A few months ago Mercy For Animals worked with LooseLeaf Lounge to create a new vegan menu. This cute cafe already had a great veggie sandwich, the Original Vegan (tomato focaccia, basil pesto w/o Parmesan, artichoke hearts, black olives, cilantro, spinach, tomato, and red onions). In addition to this sandwich, they added:

- Chorizo Wrap: flour tortilla, Upton's Naturals chorizo seitan, romaine, avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic hummus and Daiya mozzarella
- Vegan Grilled Cheese: pumpernickel, romaine, buttery spread, garlic hummus, onion, tomato, and your choice of Daiya cheddar or mozzarella
- Ground Seitan: pumpernickel, Upton's Naturals ground seitan, romaine, avocado, tomato, red pepper, basil Vegenaise, and Daiya mozzarella
- Portobello: rosemary ciabatta, portobello marinated in a balasalmic & basil vinaigrette, with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and mozzarella (sub Daiya)
- Eggplant Delight: white ciabata, organic eggplant marinated in a red wine vinaigrette, with basil thyme, garlic, and jalapeno pepper. Served with spinach, tomato, red onions, and mozzarella (sub Daiya).

In addition to sandwiches, LooseLeaf also has salads such as mixed greens, Asian, and hearty veggie. There are also a number of vegetarian soups, though not all are vegan. Vegan soups include miso, lentil, and hearty vegetable.

I tried the chorizo wrap. It came with a choice of veggies or chips. I got the veggies. The wrap was pretty good. It was pressed such as a panini which toasted the wrap and melted the cheese, adding a nice touch to the ground seitan. I'm not sure the hummus was really needed, though. I didn't feel it and it didn't seem to add anything. Overall, I'd get it again, but I'd love to try a different sandwich. Will be back soon!

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Looseleaf Lounge just added several incredible vegan dishes - a seitan chorizo wrap, a seitan sandwich, and a vegan grilled cheeze (with Daiya)! And they are now carrying vegan cookies, too. The food is delicious and a great deal at $6-7 per sandwich with a side of potato chips or vegetables.

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LooseLeaf Lounge has a small, but respectable variety of loose leaf teas. I do find it strange that a place with such a name could have so few varieties of tea, but oh well.

They don't have any vegan baked goods, but they do have one vegan sandwich made with artichokes and pesto that sounded pretty good.

The vibe is cool and casual with nice retro furniture. It fills a niche on Broadway, though it could go further to appeal to vegans and tea lovers alike.

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