I have always said, if I lived near Millennium Restaurant, in San Francisco, I would weigh 400 pounds.
Ever since the first time I ate at Millennium, I have been envious that the good people of San Francisco were able to have such a fine vegan restaurant nearby, that they can eat at whenever they felt the desire (nightly?). I have never had the luxury of having a truly world class vegan restuarant nearby. If it weren't for all of my corporate travel, I would be completely oblivious to truly fine vegan food and, now that I have had it and know what world class vegan cooking really is, I want it! It's been turture knowing it is out there, but not having ready access to it. To torture me even further, after 8 years of living in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and
suffering through a vegan desert (not dessert), I moved to Chicago and then they opened Sublime, in Ft. Lauderdale, RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM MY FORMER HOUSE! And to make it really bad, Sublime is absolutely sublime! The food, the people, the restaurant is absolutely amazing! The vegan gods are against me! Why can't I have that in a town where I live? Why can't I have that in Chicago?!!
Well, I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that the Vegan gods have smiled upon me and their answer to my prayers is Karyn's on Green!!!! Don't get me wrong, there are some very good places in Chicago for vegan eats (like Karyn's two other restaurants, the Chicago Diner, Amithabul, etc.), but this is vegan dining at its finest! www.karynsongreen.com
Karyn has really done this well. The food, the service, and the ambiance is exceptional. First and foremost, it is 5 minutes from my house. This is critical. I can be sitting in my living room, craving some BBQ bacon meatloaf, some chorizo sliders, a big slab of her incredible tiramisu, or all of the above, and I can be seated and
served in 15 minutes! Ok, maybe this is an exageration, as I do recommend reservations, but, whether you are seated at a table, at the bar, or up stairs in the lounge, service is quick, friendly, and attentive. My wife and I like to sit at the bar before dinner and soak up the sights, sounds and smells, as we wait to be seated. Once seated, we have a nice meal by possibly sampling one or two of the "small plates" and then split a "large plate"...
HAHAHAHA! Who am I kidding?! Actually, I always get out of control and order several small plates, a couple of sides, a large plate and then force my wife to order a large plate, so I can eat whatever she has left over. Afterwards, we go upstairs to the lounge, sit in the comfortable chairs and enjoy a dessert (or 2 or 3). I love this place!
The next time you are in Chicago, or if you ever really needed a great reason to come to Chicago, you have got to get to Karyn's on Green.