Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: The Gold Coast
Address: 51 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654
Phone Number: (312) 664-2729
Price Range: $7-13
Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5
What We Tried: The All in One Superfood Smoothie, the Spirulina Grapefruit, and the Signature Sampler Platter
Our Take: Yes, we have had our fair share of brunch and burger posts on this blog, but the truth is, the majority of the time, we eat very healthy. We use our spiralizer almost daily, and we’re big fans of decorative gourd season—aesthetically pleasing and full of Vitamin A! Everything in moderation, amIrite?
Chicago Raw serves fully uncooked, 100% plant-based products, using unprocessed and organic ingredients. They make their smoothies in-house, and offer a variety of fresh, pre-packaged meals to go. My initial impression was that you won’t always know what you’re eating, but it’s going to be good for you.
I have now tried two smoothies on Chicago Raw’s menu: The All in One Superfood (hemp seeds, vegan protein, goji berries, banana, and strawberries), and the best-selling Spirulina Grapefruit (organic grapefruit juice, banana, spirulina, goji, and hemp seeds). Both were delicious, satisfying, and kept me feeling energized until lunchtime.
I also ordered the Signature Sampler Platter, which comes with generous portions of three of Chicago Raw’s signature entrees: Spaghetti with Meatball (zucchini noodles and a seed-based meatball), Ravioli (delicate turnip rounds enveloping fresh gems of cashew cheese, served with marinara and parsley relish), and the Garden Burger (oil-free, nut-free, seed and veggie-based patty, served with red pepper ketchup, dijon mustard, and parsley relish). Of the three, the Garden Burger was my favorite—a nice texture, and very flavorful. I would consider buying an entire bottle of the red pepper ketchup, which is more like a chutney, and gets an extra kick from coconut vinegar.
I probably wouldn’t take my boyfriend here, but it’s a good place to go when you’ve been reading too many articles on goop.com, you recently saw a picture of Jennifer Lopez’s abs, or you just need a little extra clarity for the day. It’s not cheap—12-oz smoothie will leave you out $6-8—but they do give out lots of free samples and hey, I woke up the next day feeling a lot better than I did after eating a ton of barbecue.