What happens when you spend time in life slinging Big Mac’s as the global president of McDonald’s? You have a mid-life crisis and leave to start a healthy fast-casual chain with the help of Oprah’s former personal chef. America. The result is Lyfe Kitchen, a place that does a good job serving healthier items like edamame hummus, salads, and even sandwiches and fish tacos. The menu has calories listed, so you know they mean business. Lyfe is great for food on-the-go but it’s also nice enough inside that it’s often more enjoyable to eat there and maybe even have a glass of wine if you’d like.
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Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
Ēma is a small plates Mediterranean restaurant in River North, and it’s good for a lot of occasions.
Slurping Turtle is a respectable Japanese restaurant in River North. It's never going to be great, but you can count on it for certain situations in this part of town.
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3 Arts Club Cafe
Three Arts Cafe is a beautiful restaurant inside the atrium of the RH store. This place is one of a kind and a great afternoon hang.
Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
PQM is an excellent little cafe. We only wish it stayed open later.
Summer House Santa Monica
It’s summer year round at Summer House Santa Monica. Don your finest Lululemon and chambray in an upscale dining environment.
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Chicago Raw in River North specializes in, no surprise, uncooked plants. The collard burrito is good and you can always go for an acai bowl
Rotisserie Ema is a lunch spot that's connected to the sit-down Ema in River North. Come here to carry-out falafel, hummus, and Mediterranean salads.
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