While at HIMSS, you can munch on the usual gourmet convention center cuisine - Hamburgers, Cappuccino, Pretzels, or Jumbo dogs. Or you could a walk a mile or two and enjoy Vegan Chicago. Most folks think of Chicago as deep dish pizza, ribs or steaks. However, there are a remarkable array of Vegan friendly restaurants and delis.
I walked from the Convention Center to Opera at 1301 S. Wabash to sample their vegan specialties. On Friday night I had a starter of a Vegan Corn fritter, followed by Spicy Shitake Wontons surrounding an asparagus salad, and then an entree not on the menu but made by the chef for me as a experimental future addition to the vegan menu - Pressed Tofu Kung Pao style. However, a side of Bok Choy provided a cool counterpoint.
On Monday night, I dropped by for a reprise and had a starter of fresh vegetable Moo Shu in two spicy sauces followed by an entree of Mapo Tofu. Another remarkable meal.
Here are a few resources for Chicago Vegan dining:
The Chicago Diner
Vegan Living overview of dining in Chicago
EcoBusinessLinks overview of dining in Chicago
The Happy Cow overview of dining in Chicago
Next time you're at HIMSS, go for something vegan. It gives you the endurance to run through the HIMSS exhibits in record time!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Vegan Dining in Chicago
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM
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Thank you John! I live in Chicago and didn't know about those restaurants so thanks. Glad to see that there are some healthy CIOs out there. Without health and vitality, all the computers, iPhones, and cool apps don't mean much. Walking that 5 miles/day at McCormick was a bonus to the excellent sessions that I attended! :-) -Shelley
Oh wow...my favorite combination of EPHI, legislation, HIMSS and veganism!
live in Chicago and didn't know about those restaurants so thanks. Glad to see that there are some healthy CIOs out there. Without health and vitality, all the computers, iPhones, and cool apps don't mean much.
Recep Deniz MD
Good post, but the scene has changed quite a bit. We have even more vegan restaurants now.
This article came out just a week ago:
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