No doubt about it, Life on Mars has the city's all-vegan take-out racket covered. But the unassuming Logan Square spot offers a rotating menu of cafeteria-style, vegan comfort food made to appeal to the masses, herbivores and carnivores alike. The menu of sides on the day I visited read like a vegan-style Thanksgiving buffet (mac 'n' cheese, barbecue baked black-eyed peas, garlic mashed potatoes), with an intriguing peanut stew with okra featured as the soup of the day. The exceptional tofu ricotta lasagna particularly stood out, while other highlights included the mac 'n' cheese, a root vegetable medley, and a rich and hearty helping of coconut greens. The few sandwich options feature seitan, including a barbecue rib and a well-seasoned sliced seitan sandwich, and there are a variety of soy shakes, smoothies, and fresh-baked cookies and brownies available. With affable service and a chill environment (improv jazz sound track included), Life on Mars will assuredly lure in its fair share of vegans and vegetarians. Hopefully the meat eaters won't be too bashful to give it a whirl as well.
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