This healthy-minded mini-chain packs a gargantuan range of vegetarian snacks and entrees. Favorites include Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Wild Mushroom Teriyaki Bowl, plus mains like a stellar Mushroom and Quinoa Burger as well as Vegan Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Pop in for brunch and try some Avocado Jalapeno Toast or a satiating Pepper and Eggwhite Sandwich—and be sure to save room for a trip to the pastry bar, where you’ll find plenty of indulgent cakes, cookies, and muffins.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out and delivery online.
This popular cafe is hawking flavorful, farm-fresh Christmas dinner packages out of all four of its Chicagoland locations this holiday season. Fill up on Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Chicken Bebe, Filet Medallions with short rib ragout and truffle-onion jus, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, and Pesto Green Beans with Parmesan breadcrumbs and lemon aioli, among other hearty bites before concluding with a thick slab of sinfully delicious and well-earned Oh My! Caramel Pie.
Cost: Packages start at $52.95 per person (serves 2 to 6)
How to book: Order pick-up and delivery online by December 21.