Chicago Eats: Handlebar

We love us some vegan food. No, we aren’t vegans, but that does not mean we can’t enjoy the food. We can guess what you are probably thinking, if the food is so good, why not make the switch? Believe us, we have tried it, and it’s easier said than done. Maybe if we had a private chef to make us delicious vegan meals then it would be a go! *life goals: get a chef* So if you’ve been a full fledged vegan or vegetarian for over some years, kudos to you. You’re the real MVP.

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Green Meanie: avocado, herbed goat cheese, spinach, tomato, sprouts, honey-mustard, multigrain; Side: Fried Plantains

For vegans and non-vegans, Handlebar is one of the best vegan/vegetarian spots to go to in Chicago, located in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. Like their website says, “food, booze, and good times.” The atmosphere is very laid back and hipster, but not so pretentious to where you would get annoyed. No need to feel intimidated because the guests here range from all over, as well as vegan and non-vegan. You get the vibes of being at a dive bar with its dim lighting and limited space. The walls are covered in cool contemporary art (we’re guessing local), and Chicago memorabilia. It’s pretty cozy inside; the tables are close and it gets very packed so there is a chance there will be a wait for a table.

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Sloppy Joe: carne de soya, tangy BBQ sauce, slaw, pretzel roll; Side: Seasoned fries

The wait just means the food is that good. It will make a believer out of a non-believer. Handlebar serves a mixture of comfort food as well as some Mexican dishes that will have you swearing it is not vegan. Even at the next table we over heard a son who brought his “old school” father to give vegan food a try and he was in disbelief. Yeah, the tables are that close. But don’t let that stop you! If you love your privacy so much, the music is loud enough to drown out some of your conversation from eavesdroppers. However, you’re bound to make conversation because everyone is super friendly.

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Black Bean Tostadas: hand-pressed tostadas, salsa verde, jack cheese, onion, cilantro, guacamole; Side: Smoked Gouda Mac

Be open and give it a try!

Handlebar: 2311 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL| M-T: 10am-Midnight; F-Sat: 10am-2am; Sun 10am-11pm

handlebarchicago.com

XO,

Rebecca

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