Occasionally I get comments on my Chicago’s Best Vegan Eats post asking how I could leave off this place or that place. Most of the time, it’s simply because I haven’t had a chance to go yet – too many vegan options in Chicago, what a great problem to have! But once in a while it’s because I had an experience so poor I can’t recommend the place. So, here’s a hall of shame for a couple of places I not only don’t recommend, I actually warn you against.

Long story short, I used to love this place, but they they screwed over a friend of mine who sold cakes to them. I stopped going in for a while, but then went back once when an out of town visitor specifically asked us to take him here. Upon returning home, I recieved this totally bat shit email from the owner – who is not my friend, and not anyone I knew on a personal level – in which he scolds me for not coming to his defence when my actual friends’ social media fans left comments on his business page about the crap he’d pulled on her. Entitled much? No longer a fan, do not recommend.

I got food poisoning here once, and let the owner know. He checked the item I’d consumed, agreed that it was spoiled, and offered me a free replacement if I went back. Went back with my family and we ALL got food poisoning. It’s under new management now, but reports I’ve received from friends don’t give me much faith that they’ve cleaned up their act.

Everyone in Chicago seems to know the owner of this place, and by all reports he’s a cool guy. However, they have one pizza on the menu specifically called out as being “vegan” when, in fact, the crust is made with honey. I unfortunately ate it without knowing this, but have friends who ordered it and were at least informed by the staff that the crust is not vegan. I contacted them – politely – several times and was ignored continually, which leads me to believe they don’t give a shit about their vegan customers, just our money. (Their forgettable began pizza costs $28!!!)