BellyQ
BellyQ

BellyQ

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellyqchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3125631010
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER:
    Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Bar open till 11 p.m.

    Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Bar open till 12 a.m.


    BRUNCH:
    Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Bill Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: ORDER IN ADVANCE BY PHONE, AND ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL-EVENT CATERING: 312-563-1010
  • Entertainment: KARAOKE DEN
    Leave your inhibitions at the door and loosen up your vocal cords! The Karaoke Den lives up to its name, featuring a karaoke player and monitor, plush custom-made lounge chairs, side tables, and a large tufted ottoman.

    Stay tuned for our CHEF KARAOKE THROWDOWN's, where local chefs bravely toss their toques aside to belt out their favorite tunes
  • Special Events: From intimate gatherings to karaoke parties, for business or for pleasure, Belly Q can turn an idea into an event you won't soon forget. We’ll help you customize your perfect menu while you indulge in a comfortable space as unique as the flavors that are served to you by Chef Kim and team. Let us be the inspiration—you enjoy the ride.

    CONTACT OUR SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER AT: 312/563-1010 or jessica@bellyQchicago.com and let us design your perfect bellyQ event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ogden
  • Public Transit: Ashland on Greenline (Metro); Ashland / Ogden on #56 (Bus)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Parking before 4pm for Sunday Brunch. Valet parking after 5pm. Street parking is also available.
A word from BellyQ
bellyQ, the latest restaurant from innovative Chicago chef Bill Kim (Belly Shack and UrbanBelly), is an exciting new concept featuring Asian barbecue and seasonal, locally farmed ingredients. The Randolph Street space showcases Chef Kim's culinary talents with flavors that are rooted in tradition yet decidedly modern in taste and execution. Expect a menu that's smoky and bright, spicy and clean, surprising yet comforting. At bellyQ, Chef Kim crafts unforgettable flavor combinations that awaken your taste buds and satisfy your soul in a space that invites you in and inspires you to hang out a while.
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BellyQ reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (113)good for groups (71)hot spot (55)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (41)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (19)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (14)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Really liked the food - too noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I would have given 4 overall stars, but it was too noisy. I don't really get why all the new restaurants - many of them being very good - insist on having a noisy environment. I guess it works for the younger crowd??? But here's a hint… those of us slightly older peeps who enjoy a hip restaurant with good food would return more often if we could enjoy a dinner without yelling at each other - Plus… many of us do have more disposable income, which might be disposed in good restaurants with a lower noise volume! Just saying… But if you are doing OK, good for you! I just will have to seek out those good restaurants who play alternative music at a lower level. Too bad for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Menu seemed creative but the flavors were flat in all the dishes
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent spot!
    shelman88VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was a surprisingly excellent choice. Food was incredible, service was perfect, and the atmosphere was really fun. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and food
    foodieMIVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This restaurant had a fun ambiance. The menu is unique and everything we ordered was really good. Fun drink list. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open up your tastebuds.
    Christobal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Whether you have been here before or trying it for the first time. Your mouth will water from the first bite of short ribs to the last bite of sticky rice. Wonderful Korean food in a great location with a modern decor that is alive and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    Jbjb
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Four of us went to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed the dishes to share -- very nice flavors. The Thai fried chicken was especially delicious. We also liked the feta pancakes. Didn't like the wood smoked chicken as much because of the quality of the meat. Not a lot for vegetarians, but enough to keep the vegetarian happy. We chose a table outside and it was pleasant. We found the inside a bit noisy for conversation. No birthday cake but the dessert, pot de creme we chose to share was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something different
    amandasam99
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a great place to go for something different. The food was amazing and were perfect portions for sharing. Our server was excellent and attentive for a busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prefer Urban Belly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love Urban Belly. The food is exciting, beyond flavorful, and well-priced. We also like the atmosphere for lunch. But for dinner, we want to linger, so we opted for BellyQ. This was our second and probably last time. The food is good--don't get me wrong--but not quite as flavorful or "special" as at Urban Belly, and the dishes are so small the prices really add up. Back to Urban Belly we go!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • miscellaneous
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I don't have anything to really write beside the checked off boxes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails, food, and location
    DaniV
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love the roasted corn special with the yogurt dip, the chinese broccoli, and the donuts. I asked for a side of homeade caramel with the donuts and I'm so glad I did. It was fantastic. I love the place, especially for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nailed it again
    PinotT
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is my second time at BellyQ. The menu did not disappoint as expected. The waitress was very awesome and the desserts were ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun and delicious
    AnnabelleC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a fun place to go with a group, especially with the option of shared dishes that you can grill yourself in the awesome grill tables. It's a pretty energetic atmosphere, and the food is excellent - interesting, strong flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Homecooked with an Urban Twist
    michaelaquan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    There are only two things I complain about whilst living in Chicago 1) the extreme climate 2) the lack of quality asian food. Well, I found my solution. Belly Q is everything that I grew up with in Chinatown to its highest level of quality and creativity. My waitress, Leidy (pronounced "Lady"), was incredibly personable and made the dining experience memorable. I can't wait to find a new reason to dine at Belly Q. Until my next paycheck, I'll be lingering in under the strung globe lights of the Urbanbelly patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for sharing with friends
    cab4dayz
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The service was excellent. The waiter explained everything on the menu and their special drinks. The chef brought us out an extra dish on the house. The food was delicious! Perfect for meat lovers and fans of Asian flavors. The family style deal is definitely worth it for a big group; they bring you so much food! Just when you think they will probably give you a small dessert, you are left with delicious house-made soft serve and homemade donut. Had a wonderful experience here and definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Nessa
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Pretty place. Appetizers we're great. I had the Thai styled fried chicken and rib tips as starters. Entrees are decent; I had the tea smoked duck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Runmegs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great job guys-keep it up! The Pork Belly was awesome and Justin, our server, was friendly and helpful! I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors, good portions sizes
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Goat milk feta pancake was a true fusion item, loved the combination of various milks and cheese with Asian sauces and condiments. Rib tips had a bit too much cartilage, but had great texture and rich flavor. Pork butt was incredibly tender and deliciously sauced. Roasted tuna is misleading as it is raw on the inside (just looks like a seared tuna dish), but delicious nonetheless, especially with the unique coconut grits - love this concept. Fresh shrimp gives this dish an extra umph. Fantastic short ribs. House-made watermelon rosewater soda had an odd taste - as though there was alcohol in it. Fresh Asian cole slaw and delicious Added Flavors (the latter should be larger, it's not very share-able). Soft-serve is a dessert must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corckp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Outstanding experience and food. Went for special occasion and sat at the BBQ table and split the pre-fix menu (DYI) and ordered off the menu as well. Food was outstanding and Chris our server was one of the best i have ever encountered. Cant wait to go back to BellyQ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BellyQ Rocks!
    VidaliaSweetie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was so excited to get back to BellyQ this week while on business in Chicago. It's a super setting with scrumptious food, whether you go vegan or vegetarian like my dining partner or, as I did, go with Chef Bill's amazing BBQ and kimchee. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration!
    wedding2remember
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our second visit to BellyQ and was my husband's first choice for his birthday dinner. The unique combination of flavors and fresh ingredients create a meal to remember. Service was great, they even put a candle on his dessert after hearing me make a Happy Birthday toast. BellyQ is a must for folks with an adventurous palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice but not special
    m2speeder
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The decor is an industrial chic look with lots of no-nonsense hard surfaces. Unfortunately, the grid table layout gives it a cafeteria feel. The noise level is high but not too loud and adds to the high energy level. I recommend the kale salad, rib tips, and fried chicken appetizers. All have good flavors. Generous portions too that can easily be shared among three. But the first two are a little too sweet and the chicken too salty. I didn't like the sticky rice, which had a weird taste to me. The steamed buns are just that. Get it if you want/need bread with your meal. The swordfish over pasta and smoked pork ribs entrees were nothing special and disappointing. Donuts/ice cream dessert was good, but again uninspiring.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect last-minute find
    UpstateNYfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    To be honest, I found BellyQ as a back up when I was unable to get a reservation at another restaurant and they still had an open table for four... But what a serendipitous occasion! The food was absolutely incredible. I went with my boyfriend and his parents, we all ordered separate appetizers and shared them and it seemed like everyone genuinely enjoyed every single thing they ate. For dinner I had the tea smoked duck which was unreal. Even the beer was delicious! Our server was friendly and attentive. I have only good things to say about our experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly up!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First time for the four of us. Loved the experience! Wonderful service--not rushed. Terrific interesting food--a real surprise since we thought it was going to be just a "barbecue joint". It was an exciting dining experience. Plan to return to the attached Urban Belly self service for lunch and sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahmazing!
    Cmathews
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have been here several times, and we will be going back again! The food is amazing (Thai chicken and ice cram are divine). Wait staff is awesome! We really love it here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef is outstanding
    Janet
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Creative and scrumptious sauces/ingredients compliment high quality meats. Each person in our party of 5 had a different dish and all thought each was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Alwayseaten
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nothing special, the service was attentive but food overly sauced and made more for a back yard BBQ then anything really creative
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  • Blown away!
    NewInTown
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I brought my husband here for his birthday dinner and we were both blown away by the food and service! We were promptly shown to our table and our waiter, Zane, appeared shortly thereafter. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and eager to give us suggestions. Our drinks came out right away and we started off with the crispy tofu and pork belly spring roll appetizers. Those were on our table in no time at all and both were truly amazing. The pork belly spring rolls were crispy and tender in all the right places and the crispy tofu was topped with a pomegranate sauce that was to die for. We ordered ribs and duck for our entrees, also fantastic! Everything was cooked to perfection and beyond flavorful. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great time
    Lern
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food at bellyq was amazing. Went with a small group and shared a majority of items on the menu. Everything was good. Not a single complaint. Desserts and wagyu beef options were especially amazing. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK all around
    BlondeBombshell723
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Overall the experience was OK. The food was OK. The ambiance was OK, and actually very noisy. The prices were high with small portions. The flavors aren't what you would come to expect from an Asian Fusion restaurant, needed more of a punch. Our service was good. I personally wouldn't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Bellyq
    Goog
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Attentive service- didn't realize that there were two types of service menu within the same restaurant and the hostess made no effort to share - it was only when we left an inquired were we told - food was nice but didn't wow us
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  • Mmm at BellyQ
    MBRL
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A friend and I dined at BellyQ sharing a variety of dishes (thereby creating our own version of a tasting menu). Every dish was wonderful - from the duck to the roast beef to the fried chicken to the variety of salads, each dish and bite had a unique and flavor filled note to it! Our approach necessitated taking our left overs which made for enjoyable snacking the next day. Yummy!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was just not good. Tried 4 items all recommended by server and was disappointed. Stick to your fast food concept. Much better.
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  • Favorite Chicago chef did it again
    elsallydor
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chef Bill Kim can do no wrong and BellyQ, his third Chicago restaurant, proves it. A must-visit for locals and out-of-towners!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic decor, Asian inspired menu
    suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Upbeat, energetic restaurant specializing in Asian inspired BBQ. Some tables with individual grills, but skip the Waygu beef - fatty. Great salmon, interesting sides and slaws. Service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun and exciting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was very good. Lots of strong flavors. We enjoyed the goat feta cheese pancake and kale and papaya salad. The ribs were good not great. All of the sauces were robust. Most of them sweet and spicy at the same time. Maybe we should have done the prix fixe meal so that we could do our own cooking on our table hibachi.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; cool vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant is cool with a lot of funk. The food was very good and menu was short but great. I recommend the pb&j dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another wonderful meal!
    Wyliese
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Third visit to BellyQ and I am more impressed each time. Service is attentive and casual. Food is top notch and unique. The Red Blossm cocktail might be my favorite in the city. And my favorite part their soft serve ice cream!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Terrible Service
    BlueberryVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    So excited to try BellyQ. Arrived and was seated right away. Once we were seated and our waiter brought us our waters, it was 20 minutes until he returned to take our order. The restaurant was pretty empty. Our waiter Brett was more interested talking to his coworkers than attending to us. We constantly needed to ask the other waiter for thing. Too bad the service made us think twice about going back for dinner another time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PLEASE come to NY
    AshleyC
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I found this spot through some extensive research before a weekend trip to Chicago, and could not be happier with the experience. The space itself is huge and well-designed. The menu is interesting and diverse, from apps to drinks. Among other things, we ordered the lamb buns and short loin, and they were honestly some of the best foods I've ever tasted. The vinegar were unexpected and different, and our waitress was super knowledgeable and personable. I cannot say a single bad thing about BellyQ other than I can't go to it unless I'm back in town. It was truly an amazing meal that will not be forgotten any time soon. Side perk: KARAOKE IN THE RESTAURANT. What?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great for vegetarians
    ChicagoVegDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have heard many great things about this place, so I decided to try it... Being vegetarian, I expect my menu options to be limited at a meat-heavy restaurant like this one, but my options were even more limited than I expected!! My friend and I basically shared two small plate salads, which were good but not memorable, and then one vegetarian entree, which was basically a fancy pancake with more SALAD on top. We also got the vegetarian rolls, which were essentially plain bread. When I told the server I was vegetarian, he kind of gave me a look like, "oh wow, that's gonna be tough here..." I was surprised to have this kind of experience in Chicago. I would have tried the vegetarian soup if it were not 80 degrees outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.