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Karyn's Cooked

(Now Closed)
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
55 Tips and reviews
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  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Service is a little slow and inattentive but brunch rules. Strong mimosas and the best tofu scramble I've ever had. Try the breakfast quesadilla or skillet. Ask for the cookie warmed and a la mode!
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    All vegan! The nachos + zucchini basket are my favorites thus far; super delicious. Dying to try the buffalo wings sometime but they're always out. Spaghetti is unremarkable, thai skewers are gross.
  • matthew g.
    matthew gilboyFebruary 17, 2013
    We went with the skewers, meatloaf, and the poached salmon; amazing mock meats; all very good and presented with a thoughtful flair. Slightly more expensive, but makes for a great date night.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 28, 2012
    Dishes are vegan and organic but appeal to those who aren’t ready for raw, with hummus, pizza, salads and entrées made with fake meats. The restaurant serves organic wines and beer and Sunday brunch. Read more
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineOctober 30, 2012
    Go for a Taco Salad Bowl served with heaps of grilled seitan, onions, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and soy cheese in a flaky, whole-wheat shell.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WilsonSeptember 23, 2011
    There are very few dining out experiences that vegans can really enjoy, so this place is a lot better than it has to be. The food isn't as great as Chicago Diner or Karyn's on Green, but it's good.
  • Megan W.
    Megan WhiteFebruary 13, 2012
    I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin (Don't hate!!!) and EVERYTIME I am in town I come here. The good is incredible! I do different things everytime and have never been dissapointed.
  • T H.
    T HJune 13, 2011
    Try the lasagna, carrot cake, and tiramisu. The buffalo "chicken" was also pretty tasty. Take a sweater-this restaurant is chilly no matter what time of year it is.
  • Mirvettium
    MirvettiumJune 2, 2015
    #wifi and generous portion. I had the taco salad bowl and barely finished it. #vegetarian #vegan
  • Curvatude
    CurvatudeDecember 15, 2012
    An old favorite. I always get the jerk tofu wrap. Great decor, music but the ice cold water in the ladies room is no bureno
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GillespieSeptember 26, 2010
    Inside Scoop: There's a wonderful item not listed on the brunch menu. Ask for the tofu benedict. Comes with sauteed spinach and a lovely dill sauce served on english muffins.
  • Arielle L.
    Arielle LewisJanuary 17, 2013
    The staff (Juan; our server) was beyond helpful with suggestions per our tastes. Their honesty and friendliness was very much appreciated!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CostelloDecember 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    I had the best lemon meringue pie of my life here, and it was vegan! I was skeptical at first about the pie, and also the soy cheese on the enchiladas that I ordered, but I left very satisfied.
  • Stanton B.
    Stanton BohmbachMarch 21, 2015
    For a vegan restaurant I would have liked to see more vegetables on the menu. The lentil soup is really good though.
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal GoingJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chilli is delicious. Mushroom basket is to DIE for. Taco salad is delish too. Love this place
  • Katie
    KatieMay 28, 2011
    Their home made coconut water is amazing. Also try the taco salad bowl or green enchiladas! Enjoy!
  • Teri P.
    Teri PytelSeptember 22, 2013
    Ask server for dessert recommendation. Today it was Strawberry cheese cake.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexJuly 8, 2012
    Go for Sunday brunch and get the skillet scramble.
  • Mikaela M.
    Mikaela MinerJanuary 25, 2010
    delicious and healthy food! went a friday night it was busy our waiter forgot our soup and brought wrong dish to our table.. but overall their food is jammy
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DSeptember 22, 2014
    This salad w/grilled tofu was yum.
  • Taufiq H.
    Taufiq HabibJanuary 5, 2013
    Excellent place nice atmosphere good food great service The chili cups are a great starter
  • Eric R.
    Eric RothFebruary 7, 2011
    AMAZING, the Pecan Ice Cream was to die for and a large portion for $2.50. . .
  • Kerri
    KerriSeptember 2, 2010
    Any "cream" pie is amazing!!! I don't know how they do it. And this coming from a nonvegan.
  • Maria A.
    Maria AnconaSeptember 29, 2011
    Oh, my!! I'm in vegetarian heaven here! I want everything on the menu! Means I'll be back LOTS!
  • Carley L.
    Carley LangAugust 14, 2011
    If you come for brunch, be sure to get the banana french toast!
  • mark r.
    mark rothOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The reuben sandwich is not based on a traditional reuben. No cheese, no thousand island. Booo.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexJune 7, 2012
    Fafel sandwich is messy if you don't use a fork but that's why you have a napkin.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StoneAugust 2, 2011
    Order the Portabello mushroom sandwich! It is amazing!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesFebruary 10, 2010
    Vegan/vegetarian restaurant that's so good, it fools a complete carnivore like myself into thinking I'm eating meat. Wicked good.
  • Alana C.
    Alana CorbettOctober 5, 2011
    The chocolate silk pie is amazing... Unfortunately, the service here is consistently horrible.
  • Kay
    KaySeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Jerk Tofu Wrap is amazing!!
  • Surfin D.
    Surfin DaveJune 13, 2012
    Had the flautas, they were delicious!
  • Amy F.
    Amy FarabaughMarch 23, 2012
    Great place for Vegan's to dine.
  • Megan H.
    Megan HarmerSeptember 23, 2014
    Wasn't impressed with food, but was impressed with service. I'd only go again if it was a last resort for veg cuisine.
  • James L.
    James LOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If they had wifi I'd be there once a week, but they refuse to get it. I will not go back until they have it!
  • Kate D.
    Kate DJune 9, 2012
    Amazing vegan banana cinnamon French toast
  • Justin F.
    Justin FusilierJanuary 27, 2013
    The French toast is really good
  • Tom K.
    Tom KrieglsteinMay 21, 2011
    LOVE the food, but man they have to do something about the fruit flies.
  • Karin
    KarinJanuary 23, 2013
  • Independent Belle
    Independent BelleMarch 20, 2010
    Love the Buddha Bowl. Fantastic vegan carrot cake too.
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OconnorJune 18, 2011
    Crap service. If you are marking food as gf then u should know exactly what's in it and how it's prepared.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SpyrisonJuly 4, 2011
    Who knew the vegan meatball sandwich would be so good. Read more
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 15, 2013
    No miles on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • Miles P.
    Miles PfefferleMay 12, 2014
    Air conditioning is broken and has been for over a year
  • James L.
    James LApril 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They finally got wifi!
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexJune 7, 2012
    Get the nachos!
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexJuly 8, 2012
    Soak your nuts.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FenwickNovember 9, 2012
    Courtesy Veg*n Chicago by Amy Graff
  • Molly F.
    Molly FloydJune 8, 2010
    Order the celery martini, seriously.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    The brunch was disappointing.
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