I’m always in search of new places that can make eating out fun, and more healthy than most restaurants make it. So I was anxious to try a place new to Chicago.
The eatery is called the Native Foods Cafe and “is a vegan restaurant designed to meet the needs of today’s discriminating, health-conscious diners looking for great-tasting food… both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike,” according to its Web site. It’s actually a chain started 17 years ago that now has 13 locations, two of which are in Chicago.
I had a portobello mushroom burger which was good but cluttered up by some sort of fake sausage patty.
A great portobello mushroom cap can sit in for a beef burger anytime. I often make them on my outdoor grills in the summer with a teriyaki sauce for flavoring. This offering had wonderful slices of mushrooms in it.
That said, I enjoyed Native Foods better than the Protein Bar, which also claims to offer healthier alternatives. Its menu was too salt-laden for me and my high blood pressure. Native Foods had a great menu selection and wonderful presentation of the various dishes we ordered on our visit (there were six of us, so I got to see quite a few dishes, sides and appetizers).
I could not find nutrition info on the Native Food Web site. I hope that appears sooner rather than later.