Seitan in Chicago

If you’re new here, you may not know what exactly seitan is, we give a pretty good explanation in our Why We Love Seitan post which can be found a few posts back!

For many vegans, meat alternatives that are actually tasteful are hard to come by. We know the struggle all too well and that’s why we have compiled a list of great places in Chicago to get a vegan meal with seitan options on the menu!

Upton’s Breakroom

Beginning around 2006, Upton Naturals has been provided the vegan community with tasty and robust varieties of seitan that can be used any any recipe where a meat substitute is needed. Upton Naturals prides themselves on quality ingredients, they don’t like to be thought of as “fake meat” but more of a real alternative. Located at 2054 W Grand Ave in Chicago, IL, Upton Breakroom’s goal is to provide ingredients that are cruelty-free and enjoyable!


Vegan Now!

Located in French Market Chicago, Vegan Now! offers a special variety of vegan should foods with items that contain seitan. The restaurant has been open for more than 30 years and provides fresh foods with ingredients that are 100% plant based, animal and chemical free, and use no refined sugars, flours or rice. They’re pretty much got all of your vegan wants and needs covered. You can find Vegan Now! at 131 North Clinton in Chicago, IL.


The Chicago Diner

Their slogan says it all. “Meat free since ’83” is very telling of the Chicago restaurant’s various options for vegan food lovers. Seitan is one of many plant based options on this menu. Not only do they offer a vintage diner feel and large menu, but they also deliver! if you’ve been before, you’d be happy to learn that there is now a new bar drink menu and seasonal specials. Located on Halstead at 3411 N. Halsted St. and in Logan Square at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. – you’ve got two choices at vegan goodness!



From nachos and tostadas to salads and sandwiches, Handlebar Chicago is another vegan restaurant you’ll want to cross off of your list. “Food Booze and Good Times” is the slogan that draws the crowds. You can find items like seitan chorizo on the menu and unlike many others, they offer breakfast! If you like music and you like it loud, this will be your new favorite spot . Located at 2311 W. North Avenue, you can enjoy what they have to offer from 10am to midnight!


Native Foods Cafe

Looking for a chain restaurant that you can enjoy in and out of Chicago? Native Foods Cafe is just that place. You can find tons of different dishes with seitan and tofu used as substitutes for chicken, beef and much more. Think of an all vegan chipotle and you’re in the right neighborhood for the taste of Native Foods Cafe. A personal favorite to our blog author, it is a definite recommendation. You can find these cafes in the Loop, Lakeview, Wicker Park and Hyde Park! For exact locations, head to the website here.


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