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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:19 pm 
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I've long been one of Earwax's biggest fans, but this sounds a little fishy. And I've heard rumors that the owners didn't tell the staff and hired all new people. but those are rumors.

I really do hope they're reopening for the right reasons.

I've never been so I don't really have an opinion, but what sounded odd to me was the cleaning part. Cleaning is good, don't get me wrong, and sure about the truthfulness, but I've heard rumors about the cleanliness of the place before.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:19 pm 
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I agree, I had the same initial reaction. Something is shady about it.


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A friend says it was bought out, so maybe they were convinced to keep the name and format instead of starting a new restaurant?


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Oh, look, the ENTIRE forking menu is different. Every single dish that made Earwax Earwax is missing. I am NOT happy.

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We will be in Chicago this week for vacation. We are so excited! Chicago Diner, Handlebar, Ian's Pizza and more are on our list. Any recommendations for independent coffee shops? We have some great one's here in Minneapolis/St Paul, we were hoping to find something great in Chicago as well. Wicker Park, Wrigleyville, any where we can get via public transit.


delicious cafe in north center! so good! the owner is vegan, they do offer dairy milk but otherwise are all vegan and they have lots of nondairy milk options and some light foods. it's totally cute and close to the brown line or the irving park bus.


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Oh, look, the ENTIRE forking menu is different. Every single dish that made Earwax Earwax is missing. I am NOT happy.


Hmmmm...Very fishy! And, is it just me or does the menu seems a little less vegan-y than it was before.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
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WORMHOLE! it gets crowded on the weekends, but.. there's a delorean (and an old-school nintendo) inside and the coffee is amazing and they usually have vegan donuts. it's in wicker park.


Love this place!


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kara kara wrote:
Oh, look, the ENTIRE forking menu is different. Every single dish that made Earwax Earwax is missing. I am NOT happy.


Hmmmm...Very fishy! And, is it just me or does the menu seems a little less vegan-y than it was before.



Yeeeeah. I want my Setain Jerk!


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So I just heard through the grapevine that Native Foods is opening up "late this summer" in that old BK on Milwaukee in Wicker Park. This makes me SO happy, Native Foods was my favorite restaurant in LA. Who needs Earwax?


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I can't wait to check out that place as well.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:34 pm 
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Hey guys!
It looks like this thread gets more traffic, but if anyone's available for a meetup this upcoming week, I'm going to be around: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8077

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
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kara kara wrote:
Oh, look, the ENTIRE forking menu is different. Every single dish that made Earwax Earwax is missing. I am NOT happy.

I've never been to Earwax, but was the menu all vegan before? Because, if so, the new menu if WAY different. Bacon, duck confit, eggs...


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Thanks for all the suggestions! We ate our way around Chicago the past four days :) I think we gained 5 pounds, even with all the walking!

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
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indexandicon wrote:
SO jealous. I'm dying for a milkshake!

Have you had their "shamrock shake"? If not . . . well, you need to. It's life-altering.
God, I love the Diner.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:46 pm 
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I haven't had them there, but I have had them at Pick Me Up. Anyone else been there?


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I haven't had them there, but I have had them at Pick Me Up. Anyone else been there?


I love Pick Me Up. Way better than the Diner, actually, though i seem to be a lone dissenting vegan here.


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Pick Me Up has peanut butter and jelly milkshakes. They are amazing!

I think I have more affection for PMU just because I've been there so so so many more times. Both are awesome. It's been a really long time for either since I moved out of the hood.

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I <3 PMU for being open so late.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
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ericaj wrote:
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I wanted to spread some good news. It looks like a vegetarian deli is opening up in the old Tea Essence space on Milwaukee by Western. I was biking past and couldn't read the sign clearly, but I think its called Avocado.


I'll check out that new restaurant sign today since I'll be over there too.


Any more news on this place?

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indexandicon wrote:
SO jealous. I'm dying for a milkshake!

Have you had their "shamrock shake"? If not . . . well, you need to. It's life-altering.
God, I love the Diner.


I'm hoping to make a diner trip this weekend, after at least a 7 mile run in celebration of the 50 degree forecast...I think that trip will call for a shake and fries!

I feel like I'm getting bored of all my eating options in Chicago...Especially having mostly omni friends. Do you all have good "please everyone" places with something vegan on the menu that you love?! Bonus points for full bars.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:09 pm 
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Found out through reddit there is an upcoming vegan bake sale for Japan: http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comment ... for_japan/

Note: Some 'STOS' comments in there.


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Anyone want to hang out at pick me up with me tonight? I want to go out and most of my friends are busy.

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madeleined wrote:
Have you had their "shamrock shake"? If not . . . well, you need to. It's life-altering.
God, I love the Diner.

I need to try this. And guess what?! The Diner is currently donating $1 from each shamrock shake sale (and from their special burger which has bacon & fried onions on it) to Japan relief efforts.

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I feel like I'm getting bored of all my eating options in Chicago...Especially having mostly omni friends. Do you all have good "please everyone" places with something vegan on the menu that you love?! Bonus points for full bars.

Here are some places off the top of my head that have a few vegan options...
Revolution Brewing Co - they brew their own beer and they've got a few vegan options on the menu (vegetarian options are marked--but you can get the tempeh reuben without cheese, an entree that sounded really good, and a few other things...)

Brand BBQ - I haven't been yet but it's been recommended to me! I don't think they have alcohol, though. http://www.brandbbqmarket.com/menu_vegetarian.html

Boiler Room - vegan pizza! and good beer and cocktails.. open late.

Lula - for brunch (tofu scramble).

those are all in Logan Square for some reason or another...

in Wicker Park, I like Rodan on weeknights when there are specials and not huge crowds. It's a bar with good beer and cocktails and small plates (a lot of fish on the menu now but still some vegan options)

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:31 pm 
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Anyone ever hangout at Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park?


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MelissaAnnM wrote:
Anyone ever hangout at Wormhole Coffee in Wicker Park?


Yes. All the time, although I haven't tried the vegan donuts yet. They have some decent pu-erh tea on top of the excellent coffee


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