I'm going to be coming home for a visit next month, and I have a friend who, while not a vegetarian per se, is finding herself going more and more in that direction. She normally doesn't eat out much, but she and I do get out to lunch or dinner a few times when I'm in the area. Out of respect for her preferences, and just to give myself some new Chow adventures, I'd like to try to find some places for the two of us to explore, particularly in the south suburbs or NW Indiana. I'm not seeking strictly vegetarian restaurants, just trying to find places with interesting non-meat dishes. For example, many Indian, Italian and Asian places tend to have a good variety of meatless dishes, and even more that go easy on the meat in proportion to veggies. Or if there's a place that only has one "veggie" dish on the menu, but it's a terrific one, let's hear about that stand-out dish.
I know that the South 'Burbs have a semi-desrved reputation for not exactly being ChowHound heaven, but I'm sure that the local 'Hounds have at least a few gems to recommend.