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Restaurant Mon Aug 06 2007
Nestled among Grand Crossing's cozy bungalows at 75th and Indiana, Soul Vegetarian East cooks some of the tastiest, most filling all vegan comfort soul food and serves it wearing ethnic clothing. Soul Veg, as it's affectionately called, is the local outpost of the worldwide restaurants run by the African Hebrew Israelites. Sunday breakfasts include pancakes or fluffy biscuits, fruit or maple syrup, savory tofu scramble, a heavily seasoned sausage-like bulgar patty, juicy "down-home" grits, hash browns and organic apple juice. Dinner specials often offer tender and savory collard greens as part of a full plate. This time, BBQ Delights were the protein. I had my choice of thick soup of the day (the lentil finished with a nice black pepper glow) with cornbread or a salad with a thick dressing, with a side of creamy and mustardy potato salad. Gyro sandwiches are succulent with a thick and cool dressing, slightly chewy protein tidbits are fried crispy like their other finger foods, Carrot Supreme salad coolly refreshes, and the fake steak sandwich is battered and fried like chicken fried steak. Take the Red Line to 79th Street and transfer to the eastbound 75th Street bus. Or find their take-aways wrapped up in the cafe at Barnes and Noble in the Loop.