We’re not talking Impossible and Beyond. We’re talking veggies done right.

Earlier this month, we predicted that plant-based dieting would be the biggest health trend of 2020.

To clarify: plant-based isn’t all-encompassing like vegetarianism or veganism; rather, it’s a commitment to eating a mostly omnivorous diet while still allowing room for lean meats and fish from time to time.

Presumably about half of you are considering closing this window right now because doing that in no way appeals to you, but hear us out. Eating plants doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor. It also doesn’t mean eating only processed meat substitutes like Beyond Meat or the Impossible Burger. There are plenty of creative plant-forward dishes being crafted by Chicago’s best chefs, you just have to know where to look.

Whether you’re sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet or simply want to swap in more non-meat dishes, the following places are solid spots where you’ll find craveable plant-based fare.

Mon Ami Gabi

2300 N. Lincoln Park West

What you’re eating: While Mon Ami Gabi is known for its classic French fare, that doesn’t mean it’s void of modern veggie dishes. Start with the Root Vegetable Chopped Salad with imported feta and pair it with the Spiced Cauliflower Steak & Frites with olive tapenade and lemon vinaigrette. The cavatelli with wild mushrooms, confit celery root, truffle butter, preserved lemon and imported cheese is another solid entree choice.