Its reputation precedes it with vegans all over the country
PJ Chmiel-Vegan in Chicago
Soul Veg is another place that everyone loves and whose reputation precedes it with vegans all over the country. It's far away from all the other restaurants I list (9 miles south of downtown), but only here can you indulge in all kinds of "comfort" food cooked in a down-home Southern style.
The BBQ dishes are excellent, their soups are some of the best I've ever had, there's a variety of sandwiches, fresh juices, shakes, incredible desserts and more...and it's all vegan (ask about Honey if that concerns you; a few dishes may use it). The Protein Tidbits and Tofu Tidbits appetizers are always good, the BBQ Twist is probably my favorite thing there, even better with collard greens and cornbread. The only thing I haven't really liked there was the french fries and one or two of the creamier dishes, because I don't like anything creamy.
One wonderful thing about Soul Veg is that it's located in Chatham, the largest middle class black neighborhood in Chicago and probably one of the largest in the country. The location combined with the excellent food and friendly atmosphere means you'll see all kinds of neighborhood folks like construction workers, bus drivers, ministers, city employees, teachers, etc. in there enjoying the delicious vegan food.
The people who work there are really nice, they dress in beautiful clothes, and they take pride in what they do.
For more Soul Veg is at 205 E. 75th St., Chicago(Red line to 79th St., walk East to Indiana and North 1/2 mile to 75th)
Also see: www.kingdomofyah.com/SV.htm
See food photos at: http://www.pjchmiel.com/vegan/soul_vegetarian.html