El Faro, Spanish for “the lighthouse,” is a beacon for South side vegetarians. Their menu offers many veggie options including flavored Tacos de Soya or Nopalitos (cactus) tacos. Their specialty dish, which even vegans can enjoy, is Tofu a la Mexicana: a plate of beans, rice, and scrambled tofu and hot peppers. Their hot sauce and spicy carrots complement any dish. And try one of their fresh fruit juices (like their Super Fruitas). When you see how large their portions are, you’ll walk out feeling like you can’t eat for the rest of the day.
El Faro, 3936 West 31st, (773)277-1155, elfarorestaurant.com
Best of Chicago 2012