Mana Food Bar | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Vegetarian/Healthy, Global/Fusion/Eclectic | Restaurant
Global, all-vegetarian small and large plates from Susan Thompson and Jill Barron, the team behind De Cero.

Our Review

This Wicker Park vegetarian spot is small but pleasant, and the closeness of the tables in the outdoor seating area encourages conversations between strangers. While it's always nice to be able to grill the people at the next table about what they're eating, our waiter's suggestions were also good, especially the salad of Thai watermelon with cucumbers, spicy green chiles, mint, and lime. Other favorites were a blue cheese tart with caramelized onion and "sliders" of brown rice and mushrooms, served with spicy pickles that saved them from blandness (the menu also says they're served with spicy mayo, but I didn't notice it). We didn't encounter any major culinary disasters, though the bi bim bop was unremarkable and went mostly uneaten. The option of ordering most menu items in small or large servings is nice—it's easy to taste several things without ordering way too much food, and if one item isn't a hit, it's no big deal.

Julia Thiel

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