Indie Cafe, Chicago

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Warm weather in Chicago means it’s outdoor dining season. Mind, it takes us until late May/early June to get there. But we eventually do and then everybody is outside all the time. Going anywhere to eat, the question “do you want to sit outside or inside?” is always “outside.”

So when Sarah and I had a much needed date night and we ended up at Indie Cafe on Broadway, of course we said yes! dining al  fresco is my favorite. Made even better by some wonderful Asian fusion.

Drinks first! This pomegranate cosmo is vodka, peach and orange infused liqueur, pomegranate juice, and fresh lime all garnished with a lemon rind and mint leaves. It’s SO REFRESHING! Hot days of July, I’m coming for you armed with this stuff.

Appetizer round included sweet potato samosas and miso soup, spicy for me and regular for her.

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The samosas were wonderful and slightly spicy, full to bursting with curried sweet potato. And the miso? Let’s just say I treated those fresh jalapeno slices more like tea leaves than an actual soup ingredient. That stuff was HOT and it was wonderful. But no way could I have handled all that extra jalapeno.

Finally, the main course. Sushi! Sushi is my “I’m a bad vegetarian” dish. Not all of us have one, but I do. So I got an Alaskan roll and a Spicy Salmon. Both spectacular! The fish was downright buttery.

Indie Cafe | Spicy Sake

Spicy Sake (salmon) roll

Indie Cafe | Alaskan Roll

Alaskan roll (Smoked salmon, avocado, and cucumber)

A much needed date night outside with wonderfully fresh and delicious food. I HIGHLY recommend Indie Cafe. Their menu spans many cuisines so there’s sure to be something for everyone. The sushi is insanely fresh and delicious. And their extensive drink menu will quench any thirst you could have.

Handlebar Restaurant Review

Looking for delicious vegan and vegetarian food in Wicker Park? Look no further than Handlebar! Delicious food, wonderful beer, and killer music make this place a favorite of mine.

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A menu chock full of some of my personal favorites including fried pickles and samosas is always a win in my book.

We ordered a few items, all ones we’ve had before and all delicious.

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Fried pickles as an appetizer. These are crispy, juicy, and tangy in the most perfect way. The vegan ranch provides a delicious cooling flavor next to the vinegar heat of the pickle.

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Sarah got the Seitan sloppy joe. Crumbly seitan in a delicious sauce with a mess of french fries on the side? Can’t go wrong!

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The stars of my culinary show, fried avocado tacos. Creamy avocado with a cruncy coating, more of that wonderful vegan ranch, blackbeans, cabbage, pickled onions, and tomato. With a side of salsa verde to keep things extra fresh and delicious. Easily my favorite dish on their menu.

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Just look at that work of art.

As it was earlier in the day and I still had a show to run, we didn’t have a sampling of beer but, worry not, our next trip will. Guaranteed.

All of the food served here is absolutely delicious. Many of their dishes can be made vegan- just ask! The atmosphere is wonderfully casual to make for a chill night out. I highly recommend this place!

Learn more about Handlebar on their website.