If you filled your belly with Pączkis on Fat Tuesday then you probably already know Ash Wednesday kicked off another season of Lent! This Catholic tradition always begins 46 days before Easter Sunday and observing Catholics typically skip meat on Friday. So if you’re looking for some delicious meatless dinners for Lent, check out these restaurants if you need a change up from the casual Filet-o-Fish from McDonald’s.
5135 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Small plates, anyone? Turn it into a tapas night with a variety of meat-free options from Pierce Tavern. With crowd favorites like Buffalo Shrimp, Kale & Artichoke Dip, and Cauliflower Bites, you can’t go wrong with a mix of yummy bites. For the main event, try the Margherita Pizza or the Elote Pizza.
2210 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Bon appétit! Indulge in the perfect winter lunch with the Cassoulet Végétarien Plat Cuisine, featuring white beans, tomato, garlic, onion, and roasted vegetables. The Quiche Provençale ($7.50) with zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and Swiss cheese, or Tuna Nicoise Sandwich ($9) are also fantastic for a quick bite lunch or light dinner.
35 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Oh snap, it’s all about the appetizers on Fridays! Get started with Roasted Garlic White Bean Hummus with deliciously warm Naan or Clock Shadow Cheese Curds for a stick-to-your-ribs starter that will make you so happy. Looking for something a little more hearty? Go for the Salmon Soba Bowl featuring teriyaki salmon with soba noodles or the Fish Tacos featuring Mahi Mahi with roasted pineapple and jalapeno-bell pepper slaw.
2100 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Feeling fancy? Treat yourself (or a date) to the Salmon Cabernet ($27) with grilled salmon, cabernet sauce, creme fraiche, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables or the Skate Wing Genobloise ($26) with caper, lemon, and cabbage. Pair ‘em with your favorite Cab in the cellar, or with a bottle to-go from Chez Moi!
1016 Church St Rear, Evanston, IL 60201
Bring your appetite: the Branzino ($34.95) with beurre blanc and cherry tomatoes is a crowd favorite that may prove to be irresistible if you ask us. Or dig into the Grilled Halibut ($30) with piquillo peppers, potatoes, grilled asparagus, and herb puree. Both are truly stunning dishes that will help you keep those new year resolutions going strong!
Meatless Dinners Lent Featured Image Credit: Chez Moi via Facebook