Bulls Tickets Guide – Healthy Eating Options Around The United Center
With all the money you’ll save on Chicago Bulls tickets at ScoreBig.com, you’ll have some healthy food options whether you get it at the United Center or before you even get there. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a restaurant presence right outside the arena so you will have to give yourself extra time to get to the game if you’re going to eat before you get there. Sure, this isn’t the food that Coach (Hurricane) Ditka would feast on, but your heart and body will still be intact. Let’s take a look at the options you’ll have.
Inside the Arena
Chicago isn’t exactly known for its healthy food options, but the United Center does what it can to facilitate those folks. Outside of Section 114, visit the gourmet stand where they have a pleather of options like salads ($7.25), bakery sandwiches ($8.25), and fruit cups and yogurt ($3.75). Gluten-free items are also available there and at a decent amount of concession stands. The Windy Grill also has a delightful veggie burger for $6.25
Outside the Arena
Heartland Café – 7000 N. Glenwood – (773) 465-8005
For over 35 years, they have been serving good, wholesome food for their customers using local, organic ingredients to create healthy dishes.
Highlighting the menu is the Vegan French Dip- a hoagie filled with marinated seitan and vegan gravy, served with a delicious cheese sauce for dipping. The Maple Glazed Tofu is also a big hit with the locals- a red miso-marinated tofu baked with maple syrup, white beans, red quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes and flashed kale.
Native Foods Café – 5 locations in Chicago
They pride themselves on being a chef-crafted vegan restaurant that serves fresh food every day. Native Foods Café has also been praised in Zagat, USA Today, VegNews a number of other publications. The entire menu is non-dairy, even the mayonnaise.
For starters, get down on the Nuevo Native Nachos- covered in black beans, Native Taco Meat, Native Chipotle Crema, Native Cheese, salsa fresca and guacamole, topped with corn, green onions, cilantro and jalapenos. Recommended from the chef is the Portobello and Sausage Burger- juicy grilled portobellos, their homemade Native Sausage Seitan, caramelized onions, pomodoro, sweet roasted garlic, creamy pumpkin seed pesto and mayo.
Nana – 3267 S. Halsted St – (312) 929-2486
A family-owned restaurant that uses only the organic ingredients and a Latin American, Mexican and Spanish influence to their cuisine. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, they host a family-style supper from 5-9:30pm which would be great before or after the game.
Make sure you try the Fresh Vegetable Burger- a patty made of brown rice, quinoa, walnuts, mushrooms and spicy aioli. Another big favorite is the Fideo- chorizo, spinach, goat cheese and topped with a toasted bell pepper sauce. For dessert, make sure you save room for the Pistachio-Rum cake because it’s one of the best in the business.
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