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Vegetarian-friendly without being Vegetarian

rtb | Oct 16, 2002 01:17 PM

My mother (from Boston) and I (from NYC) are going to be in Chicago for the last week of October. Can anyone recommend restaurants? Here are my mother's requirements (whether or not they're unreasonable is a subject for a whole other board):

She's a vegetarian, but doesn't like places that are geared towards vegetarians. Due to various dietary restrictions she can't eat onions, beans, green peppers, basically anything gassy (have I hit TMI territory yet?), or anything fatty (so, no fried, no cheese, no creamy sauces on the pasta). She is not open to most "ethnic" cuisines, which, much to my irritation, means no Chinese, no Thai, no Japanese, no Mexican. The place should ideally be quiet but not dead, tastefully decorated, not as casual as a diner but not as fancy (or expensive) as Trotter's, and not overtly "touristy". Not tragically hip, but not full of blue-haired old ladies.

The absolute ideal would be a place where the chef would be delighted to put together a plate of seasonal vegetables (steamed or in a variety of non-fattening preparations) with rice (or an Italian place with light veggie pasta dishes) with killer desserts. Oh, yeah, and walking distance from the Hilton Chicago would be the icing on the cake.

I know it's a lot to ask, but I'd be beside myself with gratitude for any suggestions (other than the obvious two, namely get my mother into therapy and/or have HER do the restaurant legwork). Thanks in advance!

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