I saw an article yesterday about a new vegetarian small plates place in the Windy City. Mana Food Bar features hot and cold tapas and noodle dishes in large and small sizes alongside a few select side dishes. The entire menu is vegetarian, and the menu eschews tofu for the most part (although it is available as an add-on for those who prefer their protein in soy form).
Some tempting offerings on the menu include Thai pineapple salad with cucumbers, spicy green chili, mint and lime, green tea soba noodles in a shitake ginger broth with shredded vegetables, and a mushroom saute over soft polenta. I see a field trip planned for my next sojourn in the City of Big Shoulders.