Just off of Broadway in the heart of Lakeview East is a newly opened delightful cafe that has recently started serving dinner. Step inside Fancy Plants Cafe and it's a quaint, inviting coffee shop that just happens to be all plant based.
They serve Dark Matter coffee and Rishi teas, and have a wonderful selection of pastries, savory items, and small plates you can take with you for later. Items are fresh and vary by day with a larger selection available on the weekends.
Owner and chef Kevin Schuder has been cooking for a decade and widened his knowledge in several fine dining establishments in the San Francisco Bay area. His concern for animal wellfare led him down the vegan path. He won Vegan Iron Chef, and decided to strike out on his own, hosting wildly successful pop-up dinners in San Francisco and L.A. before moving to Chicago.
Dinner is served four nights a week and can consist of the following small plates.
Cauliflower Gratin in a Clay Pot: Chopped Mandarin Supremes, Berber Oil, Herbs.
Saag Paneer Spinach Dip: Served with Crostini.
Beet Tartar: Sumac, Urfa Chile, Pickled Red Onion, Toast Points
Sunchoke Salad: Roasted Sunchokes, Smoked Apples, Rosemary Oil, Sorrel, Whipped Cashew
Arancini di Riso: Fried Risotto Balls willed with Vegan Cashew Mozzarella, served over Rich Tomato Sauce, with Basil and Almond Parmesan
Soup of the Day: With housemade GF seeded bread
Roasted Japanese Sweet Potato: With Spiced Coconut Foam, Nori, Shishito Peppers, and Togarashi
Maitake Mushroom Pate: Served with crostini
Caesar Salad: with Smoked Tofu and Almond Parmesan
Seared Brussels Sprouts: With Smoked Persimmon Marmalade
Additionally, they have a weekly rotating entree. All of this deliciousness can be catered as well for any size event.
Pop in and say hello. You won't leave empty handed, and you will definitely be back!