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Handlebar

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune1 week ago
    The sloppy joe's sweetly spicy barbecue sauce will get your face just as satisfactorily messy as it did at summer camp. The tangy sandwich ($9.25) comes with a side and a pickle. Read more
  • Yasemin
    YaseminOctober 8
    Service was great, food was delicious, and I love the vibe!
  • Debbie
    DebbieSeptember 17
    Fried avocado tacos are Delish. It's the number two ordered item on the menu for a reason!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SaturdaySeptember 12
    Awesome place with tons of vegan options in Wicker. The Diablos were awesome. Definitely try to get there in time for brunch!
  • Marcus D.
    Vegan and vegetarian food. The fake chicken wrap is super delicious.
  • Heidi H.
    Stopped by while visiting from PHX. Excellent options. Even non-vegans loved their food.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 30
    With an extensive vegetarian menu (veggie chili cheese fries, anyone?) and plenty of options for the carnivores among us, everyone leaves happy.  Read more
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiApril 30
    Great fried food, cool dive and vegan vibe.
  • Erin P.
    black bean maduro, vegan collard greens, and housemade ginger-turmeric vodka lemonade were all 👏🏼.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 5
    Admit it—your life needs more smoked Gouda. This Chicago hot spot’s creamy mac and cheese is coming to the rescue. Read more
  • Ryan
    RyanNovember 20, 2016
    Oh my gosh you can't go wrong pretty much. Food is approachable veg friendly pub food on the surface u til you really read the menu and have a few things and realize how refined it is.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BOctober 11, 2016
    Bloody mary, green meanie
  • Robert O.
    Robert OswaldJuly 12, 2016
    Best grilled cheese and staff in the city.
  • Andrea T.
    Andrea TKJune 14, 2016
    great food, The music selection, however, was truly awful and loud. That kindda ruined our experience.
  • Marissa R.
    Marissa RyanMay 22, 2016
    We sat for 30 minutes without service, then we're told to sit in the sitting area because they couldn't sit a table of 6. When we asked how to order, everyone was incredibly rude. Won't be back here.
  • Christian T.
    Christian TrappMarch 18, 2016
    The Avocado Tacos are GREAT!
  • Misty B.
    Misty BrewerMarch 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegan biscuits & gravy!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WoodNovember 17, 2015
    Bloody Mary was excellent. Great vibe in the courtyard bar.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HNovember 8, 2015
    Seriously awesome spot for vegetarian food. The chili Mac attack and nachos are amazing.
  • Madeline G.
    Madeline GullettSeptember 15, 2015
    Vegan food! Great casual restaurant for vegans. The broccoli and "chicken" wrap were great
  • Chase F.
    Chase FarnumJuly 24, 2015
    Beer and more beer
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BJuly 2, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The best micheladas, menu full of decent vegan and vegetarian food and nice staff. Get the fried pies or (enormous) chocolate cake for dessert.
  • Harper R.
    Harper ReedJune 27, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for Paige. Tell me Harper sent yea.
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Carrie J.
    Carrie JeanJune 9, 2015
    Vegan chili cheese fries
  • Scott N.
    Scott NorlinMay 16, 2015
    The Sloppy Joes is so delicious!
  • Jess C.
    Jess CMay 14, 2015
    Great vegan brunch spot!
  • shane t.
    shane taylorMay 2, 2015
    The weekend specials are the way to go.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioApril 10, 2015
    Bloody Mary was pretty good. Biscuits and gravy were phenomenal. My friend had an Old Fashioned and said it was one of the best he's ever had.
  • Jan W.
    Jan W.April 10, 2015
    Nice vegetarian restaurant with a good selection of beer. Try the kale salad and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferDecember 28, 2014
    Eggs Diablo and Pepito Scramble are my brunch favs. Can't go wrong with either!
  • pamela m.
    pamela mundellNovember 29, 2014
    Service SUCK
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanisonNovember 16, 2014
    Avocado tacos are great.
  • Drea A.
    Drea AlexanderNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    AMAZING vegan food! If it's brunch, Biscuits and Gravy with Blackened Tofu or the French Toast. Buffalo chicken wrap is awesome! #vegan #whatveganseat
  • Zach M.
    Zach MOctober 26, 2014
    Love the blackened catfish. Great dish. Quiet, secluded backyard patio great for summer evenings and fall afternoons.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SchmittOctober 12, 2014
    Everything is good here. Loved this place.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CrumSeptember 6, 2014
    Black bean maduro has been my favorite for years.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DudleyAugust 26, 2014
    This was a great place for a Lenten lunch. The Green Meanie was very good vegetarian option for a meat eater.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BanksAugust 22, 2014
    Super awesome Vegan/Vegetarian food! I loved the Diablos. The have the best chorizo and tofu on them. The rice and beans were a perfect addition. I even added cheese and avocado it made it delicious.
  • Jenna K.
    Jenna KramerAugust 14, 2014
    They have really great alternative options if you have allergies!
  • Kooter
    KooterAugust 8, 2014
    Best place for vegetarians and vegans. Salads are always incredible.
  • Aubre
    AubreAugust 8, 2014
    Don't miss the patio in back!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Phillip Foss, chef of EL Ideas, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Smoked gouda mac 'n' cheese. Read more
  • Mike H.
    Mike HemmannJuly 18, 2014
    Buffalo 'Chicken' Wrap was awesome.
  • Jordan Y.
    Jordan YoungJuly 1, 2014
    Fried avocado tacos. Yum.
  • Leanne K.
    Leanne KellyJune 20, 2014
    Gouda Mac, fried pickles and the ground nut stew
  • Piotr Z.
    Piotr ZolnierekMay 18, 2014
    Everything is awesome here! I loved the nachos most, thou!
  • Caitlyn M.
    Caitlyn MooreMay 11, 2014
    Pepita Scramble!
  • Joey M.
    Joey MullickMarch 25, 2014
    BLOODY HAMMER
  • Abbie A.
    Abbie AMarch 15, 2014
    Rude bartender. Terrible bar service.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    So hit or miss. Drinks are tasty, potent, and inexpensive and the vegan food offerings are some of the best in the city, but servers and bartenders are stretched so thin and wait times can be long.
  • Kerry N.
    Kerry NevelSeptember 14, 2013
    Chiliquilles are very good. Done traditionally w/sour crm, raw onions & beans. Tortillas did not disintegrate. HOWEVER; served w/one egg?? Ask for an extra egg.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorSeptember 11, 2013
    Good vegan food at gear price. Love the breakfast menu, though on late afternoons, the background music can get a bit too loud to have a friendly conversation.
  • Eva R.
    Eva RichardsonAugust 5, 2013
    Get your French toast cooked a little longer if you like crispy toast. Also the orange is to die for.
  • Aubrey B.
    Aubrey BoonstraAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the black bean and chorizo nachos. It's a huge mound of vegetarian deliciousness. (And the fried avocado tacos as dinner)
  • Siena C.
    Siena ChiangAugust 4, 2013
    Great vegetarian options, nice back patio, large beer selection
  • Jess S.
    Jess SAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday Night Special FTW: $10 for a shot of tequila, a Tecate and two delish fried avocado tacos. Yesssss.
  • Kip S.
    Kip StevensJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the vegetarian, chili, cheese fries! #Mmmmmm. Just far enough away from the cray (6 corners)!!!
  • Jason M.
    Jason M.July 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Salmon Cakes - Wow! Great summer special. Baked beans & potato salad make it like a picnic BBQ
  • Rebecca J.
    Rebecca JonesJuly 13, 2013
    Catfish tacos were a so a good.
  • Marie H.
    Marie HJuly 10, 2013
    Get a table in the patio to enjoy the warm nights of Chicago summer. A great spot in Damen ! Delicious food and a large choice of cheap beers !
  • Kim
    KimJune 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bloody Hammer. Do it. The Green Meanie is great too. Very nice, chill patio.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 2, 2013
    This biker bar (bikes not motorcycles) in Wicker Park specializes in vegetarian fare.
  • Kim
    KimMay 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They make a mean Bloody Mary! Also, you can't beat the Turkey Tea on the patio. Some of my veggie favorites: Chili cheese fries and the buffalo "chicken" wrap.
  • Angelina S.
    Angelina S.April 14, 2013
    Offers the best vegetarian delights. A perfect place if you are a vegan, as well.
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleApril 13, 2013
    Blackboard Eats says "Why aren't avocados fried more often? This gets center stage: crispy tender taco filling with crunchy cabbage slaw, salty queso fresco, and creamy ranch on soft, warm tortillas.
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa SawyerApril 6, 2013
    The fried avocado tacos are incredible. Super fresh and delicious.
  • David M.
    David Mikel 😜😎March 30, 2013
    No Paul they didn't have steak they ran out lol Paul
  • David M.
    David Mikel 😜😎March 30, 2013
    Running to subway in ks for a sub and coming back no pts or not
  • 🚚Paul L.
    What they serve no steak here wtf.
  • crystal P.
    crystal PierceMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the chili Mac ( aka wacky Mac ) on Mondays !! Dooo itt!!
  • Harper R.
    Harper ReedFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Fish Tacos! Seriously.
  • Jim P.
    Jim PetersonJanuary 20, 2013
    Not a vegan so I order a grilled cheese and it was the best decision ever
  • Matt J.
    Matt JohnsonJanuary 1, 2013
    Best veg meal in the Midwest. Fried pickles, Mac and cheese and buffalo wrap. Insane.
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GenawDecember 3, 2012
    watch out the bartender on sundays is really hot ..beard with blue eyes ..ahhh dreamy
  • Paul F.
    Paul FenwickNovember 9, 2012
    Courtesy Veg*n Chicago by Amy Graff
  • John S.
    John SimmonsNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Vegan diablos with avocado, breakfast burrito and pepita scramble are all early in the day wins. Ground nut stew is awesome on a chilly day.
  • Lani Love
    Lani LoveAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fav dishes are Black Bean Maduro for dinner and Pepita Scramble for brunch. If you eat seafood, Shrimp & Grits and Blackened Catfish are also fantastic.
  • sharif n.
    sharif nassrAugust 18, 2012
    Oddly odd. Worth trying out, if at least once.
  • 🐲
    🐲June 24, 2012
    The only meat George G eats is man schlong. Go vegan or go home you commie!!
  • Lee K.
    Lee KeenanJune 8, 2012
    Green Meanie!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RibbleMay 24, 2012
    This place has the cutest back patio! They have a bike parking that is accessible through the back alley. They also do have fish tacos.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TaylorMay 13, 2012
    Best shrimp and grits in town!
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MartorelloApril 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    mid Saturday mob scene.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BuseApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegetarian chili cheese fries are pretty epic! Check Em out!
  • Joan V.
    Joan VMarch 26, 2012
    The Handlebar salad is my absolute favorite!!
  • Arleigh A.
    Arleigh A.March 20, 2012
    Fried avocado tacos were delicious!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CrossleyMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Holy cow! The fried avocado tacos are the best things ever!
  • Annie M.
    Annie MyersFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Paige is fantastic. So is the tofu sandwich.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CouturierDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chili cheese fries are ah-mazing.
  • Deanna
    DeannaNovember 21, 2011
    Get the tomato soup!!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SachnoffOctober 22, 2011
    Harvest vegetable pie is more like Shepherds Pie but quite tasty.
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BurtonSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The buffalo "chicken" wrap is better than most places real chicken.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WilsonSeptember 30, 2011
    Our new favorite vegan restaurant!
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsSeptember 11, 2011
    Yum!! Shrimp & grits w/ Bloody Hammers for breakfast!
  • iSapien 1.
    iSapien 1956672September 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I get the blackened catfish w/garlic mashed and collard greens everytime, wash down w/any one of the Unibroue beers depending on the season.
  • Jess T.
    Jess TassinAugust 12, 2011
    Try the biscuits & gravy!
  • T H.
    T HJune 12, 2011
    BBQ seitan sandwich is amazing! Cool vibe, great posters, pseudo-punk music, requisite drunk guy @ the bar @ all times ;) Avoid gouda mac 'n cheese, though-it's totally flavorless
  • Katja L.
    Katja LundeeeMay 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best place in Chicago. BBQ seitan FTW.
  • Fox B.
    Fox BarrelMay 12, 2011
    The Fox Barrel Pacific Pear is fantastic! Fermented using 100% pure pear-juice and Gluten-free!
  • Raven S.
    Raven SumnerMay 10, 2011
    Smoked gouda mac and cheese! Fantastic!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RainsMay 3, 2011
    Pass on the fried pickles, but do get the Handlebar Omelette.
  • Eve
    EveMay 1, 2011
    Excellent vegan dishes, try the Peanut Butter @ Jam Deep Fried Sandwich!
  • Emily D.
    Emily DavisApril 13, 2011
    I dream of the vegan buffalo chicken wrap. And the back patio rocks!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LopezApril 2, 2011
    Veggie Food. Love it! You shouldn't eat anything that walks! BloodyMary is goooood.
  • Jack W.
    Jack WagnerApril 2, 2011
    Honestly, worst service ever. Waiter was texting instead of refilling our drinks. I was tempted to just get up and do it for him. Good food though sadly
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloMarch 19, 2011
    Good Vegetarian food. Solid beer list. This place rules.
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrazierFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great great great. Happy 8 years!
  • PETA
    PETAJanuary 8, 2011
    Go with a friend on the buffalo 'chicken' wrap and fried 'chicken' salad. Vegan bar food in Chicago? Sold!
  • Frank L.
    Frank LeperaOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy the bartender a drink for priority seating.
  • Christine R.
    Christine RodriguezSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the biscuits and gravy after a night of boozing or after a night of sleeping, or any time. they are awesome!
  • grlscoutgonebad y.
    grlscoutgonebad yaSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    best patio in chicago!
  • Mike B.
    Mike ButtsSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome food. Awesome wait staff. Try the BBQ seitan sandwich!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RangelAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer selection is top notch and the Everything Green Salad is sick! Ask for the dressing on the side.
  • karolina n.
    karolina naumowiczAugust 4, 2010
    this place is yummmy!
  • Casey B.
    Casey BohneJuly 26, 2010
    Try the Buffalo "Chicken" Wrap and a Sin Cider... They're Brunch is amazing too! Read more
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LynneJune 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the bbq seitan sandwich as well as the gouda mac & cheese.
  • Denard M.
    Denard McNamaraJune 13, 2010
    The grilled cheese on multi grain w/ no tomato.....is AMAZING!!!!!!!
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiApril 15, 2010
    enjoy the Chicago summer by sitting in the back patio
  • gene s.
    gene stovicekMarch 16, 2010
    vegan biscuits & gravy & $5 tequila tecates!!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PenningFebruary 19, 2010
    The Shrimp and Grits are a must.
  • Jayson J.
    Jayson JodreyFebruary 6, 2010
    It sounds like a pedestrian thing to order at a place like this, but the french fries are amazingly delicious!
  • Evan K.
    Evan KucharDecember 29, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I can't stop ordering the Ground Nut Stew. Read more
  • Billy P.
    Billy PooreDecember 22, 2009
    Great foods, decent drink deals and chill people.
  • cinchel
    cinchelNovember 29, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    a regularly updated tap list that is always excellent
  • David K.
    David KadavyNovember 10, 2009
    Get the blackened catfish Read more
  • mark r.
    mark rothOctober 31, 2009
    Ground nut stew, fish tacos, black bean maduro. It's all sooo good!
  • David K.
    David KadavyJuly 3, 2009
    Have the ground nut stew. It's delicious!
  • Villaseñor F.
    Villaseñor FerSeptember 4, 2015
    el chili con quinoa es delicioso <3____<3 ame este lugar
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