Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2008

10. Pick Me Up Café

Chicago may be the "Hog Butcher for the World," but it isn't meat-headed when it comes to feeding its vegetarians and vegans: There's Chicago Diner, Karyn's Cooked and Karyn's Raw (the latter is the longest-running raw-food restaurant in the country), Amitabul, Victory's Banner, the Heartland Cafe and the Handlebar — shall we continue? But what if you're a hungry non-carnivore and it's 4 a.m. on Saturday night? Then head to the '50s vintage-style Pick Me Up Cafe in Lakeview. It's open 24 hours on weekends (until 3 a.m. on other nights), has colorfully lacquered tables — and you won't feel like complete crap the day after your binge. Our fave vegetarian option is the Skordalia on a pita, and a good vegan bet is the Vegan Tofu Scram. (Don't worry, the café caters to meat-lovers too.) If you need a pick-me-up, try the Zombie coffee drink: three shots of espresso, two cups of coffee, steamed milk, and whipped cream drizzled with chocolate and caramel. Skip the dairy, and you've created your own vegan monster.