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Restaurant Review: Karyn's Cooked 'hot' spot for brunch

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Karyn's Cooked vegan restaurant

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What is a restaurant patron to do when she feels like she's having hot flashes upon entering a restaurant but too hungry and curious to leave Karyn's Cooked? She stays.

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Karyn's Cooked is located at 738 N. Wells St., sandwiched near apartments and other small shops. If you blink while driving or even walking, you'll miss it. But from the crowd inside and only one table open, somebody is definitely spreading the word about this vegan eatery.

On Nov. 16, there was construction going on next door, which may have been the reason for the excessive heat. Restaurant patrons didn't miss a beat, snatching off scarves, earmuffs, gloves and coats to get ready for brunch time. A few gulps of water made it surprisingly easy to ignore the heat within a few minutes.

Unlike Karyn's on Green and Karyn's Bistro, Karyn's Cooked is a brightly lit restaurant with plenty of chatting and the rapid feel of a sports bar.

Chosen foods for this review were a Skillet Scramble and a fruit smoothie. As almost every fresh fruit smoothie tastes, this one filled with soy milk, banana, strawberry and an apple base did not disappoint.

The Skillet Scramble consisted of a hot skillet piled high with diced northern potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, red peppers, green peppers and tofu, with warm flour tortillas on the side. With the mixture of potatoes, snacking on the tortillas may be a bit of overkill on carbohydrates. This dish was pretty good but a bit on the bland side if not for ketchup.

If a patron isn't interested in the brunch selections, lunch and dinner options are also available.

The steak sandwich consisted of thinly sliced tofu/seitan steak grilled with onions and peppers, topped with romaine lettuce and chipotle sauce on a toasted, whole wheat bun. (Whole wheat tortillas are also an option.) The chipotle sauce gives the sandwich a definite kick, but the sandwich wasn't something worth trying again. It came with potato wedges and coleslaw on the side.

There are so many items available for brunch, lunch and dinner so it may take a few more visits to make a definite decision on the restaurant food as a whole but for this visit, it was decent but Karyn's on Green is the winner of the three.

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Karyn's on Green site

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Karyn's Fresh Corner (Inner Beauty Center, Raw Food Cafe, Karyn's Bistro) site

Beyoncé vegan diet explained! Health expert Karyn Calabrese dishes on meeting Jay Z's wife and Blue Ivy in Chicago (EXCLUSIVE)

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