Farmer’s Fridge is mainly a salad vending machine company. Yes, you heard that correctly. They serve fresh and healthy salads in plastic, recyclable mason jars out of their custom vending machines. Welcome to Martha Stewart’s future. The salads are made fresh and restocked daily, which makes them a great option to grab a healthy meal for about $10. But there’s also a stand at Revival Food Hall where Farmer’s Fridge not only makes their great salads, but also serves a number of different soups and fancy toast options too. The avocado, salmon, or roast beef toast are our favorites, and the salads are always great.
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Be Leaf Salad
Be Leaf is a good place in the Loop for a healthy workday lunch. The salads, grain bowls, and wraps are all safe bets.
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Old Irving Brewing
Old Irving Brewery is a brewery in Old Irving Park with great beer, solid food, and a lot of space for groups.
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.
Sweetgreen in River North is the gold standard of salad chains. The food is fresh, cheap, and customizable.
Rotisserie Ema is a lunch spot that's connected to the sit-down Ema in River North. Come here to carry-out falafel, hummus, and Mediterranean salads.
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