At first blush, Kitchen Mouse reads like the hippest place on Earth—it’s an adorable cafe in Highland Park, with artfully mismatched decor, a trendy crowd, and a menu that’s vegan except for eggs, with allergens listed before ingredients. But avoid the temptation to write them off; Kitchen Mouse has the goods to back up their popularity and style. Each dish is bold, with big flavors that other ostensibly healthy restaurants sometimes forget. The Huevos Rancheros are loaded with salsa, crema, and slaw on Kernel of Truth tortillas. The Moros Cakes are little hockey pucks of beans and spices with an excellent cilantro-serrano pesto. And the chili lemon dressing and cashew mint chutney on the Morning Glory Bowl elevate a dish of kale and brown rice to exciting new heights.
How to order: Walk in, order for pickup through Toast.