Monday, December 8, 2008

Chicago Diner: Vegan Holiday Goodness

The other day, my friends and I went back to the Chicago Diner (3411 N Halsted St), the scene of the infamous day of the 6 vegan milkshakes. Alas, we did not get any extra milkshakes this time, but they DID have their holiday themed shakes on the specials menu! They offered Gingersnap, Peppermint, and Eggnog (with or without rum). What a cute way to get into the holiday spirit!!

When we went, it was a nice, festive December day. Which means it was cold and snowy, and we were all bundled up. But luckily we were able to get a space in the parking lot (big perk!). Of course my friend and I are milkshake addicts, so despite the cold weather, he ordered the Gingersnap, and I ordered the Peppermint. We were hoping to get seated in the patio area so we could enjoy our shakes fully and capture the festiveness in the frosty air, but apparently the patio's only open during the spring and summer. Bastards.

Anyways, the shakes came on time (thus the lack of free shakes!) And mine was DELICIOUS!! I definitely want to go back and have another, though I'd be afraid of missing out on Gingersnappy & Eggnoggy fabulousness if I don't try the others out :( Too bad the holiday season doesn't last that long. Damn you, limited edition milkshake specials!!! Here's a pic of the pepperminty yumminess itself. This image does not do it justice :-P

Anyways, this trip, my friend ordered their raw special of the day, the Thai One On. Unfortunately, they were out, so he ordered Dagwood sandwich with a side of vegan mac & cheeze instead. The Dagwood is one of my favorite things on the menu (aside from the Reuben & the Gyros). I highly recommend it! It's fanTAStic :-P . . . The description on the menu reads:
Sliced roast 'beef', veggie bacon & melted cheese, with lettuce, tomato, onion, pepperoncinis & spicy pepper sauce on a demi-baguette.

My other friend ordered the "Parmesan" Chickin, which I've never had. It looked pretty good, though! But only because it was served with kale, and I LOVE kale. And artichoke marinara sounds strangely good right now. Here's what the menu says about it:
Panko-breaded seitan chickin filet over pasta of the day with artichoke marinara. Served with vegetable of the day.

And finally, here's my food!!

Oh damn, that's not it ;-) They were a little slow to get me mine for some reason. Maybe because it was a special? They didn't seem to be on top of the specials menu that day. I ordered the Chickin Fricassee, which from the description on the menu sounded a lot like Chickin Pot Pie to me:
Chikin seitan simmering in a creamy white wine sauce with pearl onions, mushrooms, carrots and peas, sandwiched between puff pastry and served with a side salad.

It wasn't really "sandwiched" between the puff pastry inasmuch as the pastry was just floating on top. So it wasn't as pot-pie-ish as I expected. But it tasted pretty good (maybe a slightly too salty, but not horrible). It definitely satisfied my pot pie craving, even with the floaty crust-ness. I'd definitely recommend it, and I'd order it again. . . unless I have a huge craving for something else or there's another special I'm dying to try next time ;-)

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