Blair Mishleau is a Junior at Columbia and the webmaster of Chicago Noms, a blog that aims to review local restaurants from the student perspective. As part of an ongoing series within Eco Columbia, he will be reviewing restaurants that are vegan, vegetarian, or ones that use sustainable practices.
“Meat free since ’83,” has a nice ring to it. So does a vegan country-fried steak. The Chicago Diner (3411 N Halsted St) has both. Having served their delicious non-meat items for 17 years, they make food that could make a carnivore go veg.
I’ve been several times, and have been consistently happy. On my latest trip, however, my buddy and I were a bit let down.
Venturing there on a slightly chilly September night, the wait was a good 30 minutes. We were eventually seated in the outdoor patio, which was a new experience for me. (more…)