Soul Veg City, which for years was known as Original Soul Vegetarian, has been a major destination on Chicago's South Side for 40 years. We first opened under the name Soul Vegetarian in 1982, as part of the vision of Prince Asiel Bin Israel to bring a healthier diet and lifestyle to the world. From the beginning, we served heart healthy plant-based foods at a time when there was little awareness of the connection between food and disease.
Over the years, many of our chefs and other staff went on to create their own restaurants and food companies, and there are establishments following the Prince's vision all over the US and the world, and Soul Veg, as it is affectionately known, has become a cornerstone of Chicago's Chatham neighborhood.
Now under the ownership of the Prince's son and daughter, Arel Brown and Lori Seay, Soul Veg has just completed a major renovation that expanded our dining area, more than doubled the size of our juice bar, live bar and hot bar, and added new patio seating.
Come see what Soul Veg City has become!
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We have some of the most loyal customers in the world, and many of them have chosen to share their experiences with us. Here is what they have to say.
"Food was excellent! Had greens and fries. Staff was very polite and helpful. Nice vibe. I enjoyed it there."
"Revolutionary place! vegan food is delicious and you can have anything you want but without the cruelty!"
BRIDGET JO BROWN
"Wonderful soul food, wonderful vegan food, wonderful service. I try to come here every time I visit Chicago."
"Probably the best plant based restaurant I have ever been to. Delicious food, nice staff, good prices, and large portions. The wait is a bit long but they are busy and for good reason. And I definitely don’t mind driving 40 mins from the west side to get those greens!
"My friend and I ate here for the first time today. The food is really good, I can't wait to go back and try something different next time! We had the nachos and I had the black eyed pea burger, both were real good! I also got a jerk chicken wrap to go but I haven't tried it yet. The waitress and cashier were both friendly and helpful."
"They have a beautiful setup full of delicious fresh and healthy foods. Not only to serve you but they educate you about the food choices. Salute!"
"Bomb ass vegan/vegetarian food! Got the nachos. Their vegan cheese is on point. Also got a smoothie. Damn smoothie was so good that I drank that thang in less than 5 minutes."
"From the moment I walked in the waitress was so courteous. She explained everything it was my first time. I started off with the collard greens and cornbread and then had their dinner which was a lasagna with greens, broccoli and I believe she said fried bean curd. All of it was absolutely delicious. I will return"
"Absolutely love this place, looking forward to going back!"
"It was my first time going yesterday. I loved it, the customer service was wonderful. I didn't know what to get and my waitress told me to try their dinner special and I'm glad I did. Over all I will be going back again soon!!!!"
"Today I had the special, Split pea soup,cornbread, vegan lasagna, greens, broccoli and fried bean curd...all I can say is yum yum. The food was absolutely delicious. The food is so tasty and flavorful. Great job!!!"
"Authentic vegan soul food that is as good for the body as is it to indulge!! Lives up to its slogan, “serving food as medicine.” Something for every taste of healthy!!"
"Great Healthy food! With amazing staff!!"
"Amazing experience! Staff were all helpful and the food was insanely good! Will definitely be back!"
HAROLD FINAL BOSS SMITH
"Food was delicious, great ambience in the heart of the south side, great for anyone who’s thought of trying alternative food choices that still have those flavors...."
"Delicious! I definitely recommend this place and I’ll definitely go back again! I wish there was a location a little closer to where I live. I would definitely recommend the nachos & the bbq twist sandwich."
"I love to go here because of the amazing food and great customer service from the team also interesting conversation with the people that you meet!"