National Search Ranks ‘The Chicago Diner’ Among Top Celebrity Vegan Dining Spots

Local Eatery Makes List of Star-Studded Vegan Restaurants Outside Hollywood and New York City; Stargazers Might Find Lady Gaga, Joan Jett at the Next Table

For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2015

Catie Cryar 202-483-7382

Chicago – Sure, anyone can star-gaze on Broadway and in Beverly Hills, but since celebrities now can’t go even one meal without something vegan, you can catch them popping up at animal-friendly restaurants all across the U.S. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—has put together its picks for the Top Five Star-Studded Vegan Restaurants that aren’t located in the Big Apple or Hollywood, and Chicago’s The Chicago Diner has made the list.

Known for its beloved (and PETA award–winning) special-recipe buffalo “wings” and luxuriously thick and creamy vegan milkshakes, The Chicago Diner is a favorite Chicago hot spot for music icons Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, and Kesha as well as comedy giant Ellen DeGeneres and soccer star Matt Watson.

“With a tantalizing menu of tasty favorites—including the vegan Country Fried Steak, Pierogi Quesadilla, and Avocado Tostadas—The Chicago Diner is the place for health-conscious and animal-friendly celebrities who crave vegan foods,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “None of the hot spots on PETA’s list should wait a New York minute to get a Hollywood star when their food is super-delicious and kind to animals, the environment, and people’s arteries.”

Each winner will receive a framed certificate. Top honors go to Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—a favorite of Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, and Gloria Estefan. PETA’s other picks include Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix, where icons Kendrick Lamar, Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, and Pamela Anderson have been spotted. Woodland’s Vegan Bistro in Washington, D.C., where Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kal Penn, and Ginuwine dine, made the cut, as did Seattle’s Plum Bistro, whose patrons include Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Casey Affleck, and Joaquin Phoenix.

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