Victory’s Banner Menu

  • Eggs & Scrambles
  • Eggs & Scrambles - Make Your Own Scrambles - Add Ons
  • Omelettes
  • French Toast
  • Pancake Panache
  • The Breakfast Combo
  • Waffle World
  • Cereals Fruit Et.al.
  • Homemade Soup / Combos
  • Tossed Salads
  • Burger World
  • Wraps
  • Neatloafs
  • Sides & Extras
  • Desserts
  • Coffees & Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Black Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Green & Green Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Herbal Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - To Go
  • Hot Beverages Cold

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  • Eggs & Scrambles
  • Eggs & Scrambles - Make Your Own Scrambles - Add Ons
  • Omelettes
  • French Toast
  • Pancake Panache
  • The Breakfast Combo
  • Waffle World
  • Cereals Fruit Et.al.
  • Homemade Soup / Combos
  • Tossed Salads
  • Burger World
  • Wraps
  • Neatloafs
  • Sides & Extras
  • Desserts
  • Coffees & Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Black Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Green & Green Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - Herbal Teas
  • Coffees & Teas - To Go
  • Hot Beverages Cold

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  • Elizabeth H.

    Order: Chai, French Toast, & any of their soups!

    (5)
  • Tim H.

    As a tea drinker in a coffee culture, the unlimited cups of hot chai is a reason enough to visit. And it's delicious -- some of the best I've ever had. The menu is vegetarian, and even though I'm not vegetarian myself, I didn't feel limited by the menu. I had the renowned French Toast, and even though I wasn't blown away, I thought it was tasty and I would order it again. My eating partner got the chiliquiles, which were also very tasty. Overall a delicious brunch place, recommended!

    (4)
  • Steph S.

    Came here on a recommendation from a local Chicago friend. Let's just say these fellow yelpers never had amazing french toast. 1. We got there on a Sunday at 10:30 & sat at 11:00. 2. Once we were seated & ordered (the French toast btw) took approx. 40 mins to be served & there people who were seated after us, served before us. 3. My toast wasn't fully cooked; saw the server even rush the cook. Conclusion: I needed to drench my toast in syrup, something I never do. Service was slow and unappreciated. I suggest they focus more on how to run a restaurant business than their meditation.

    (1)
  • Chevy Chase Reviewer A.

    I'm a big meat eater, so I had my reservations. I was wrong. I got the veg bacon cheeseburger and it was awesome.

    (4)
  • Emily F.

    This is one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood! Always get the orange juice. It's amazing! As is their french toast.

    (5)
  • Freddie L.

    Craving a little down-home comfort? Victory's Banner has an exciting breakfast and brunch menu that puts a new twist on some old favorites. Refreshing, friendly and all around goodness! It's my absolute favorite spot for brunch.

    (4)
  • Jackie S.

    I LOVE VICTORY'S BANNER. I have been coming here since 2005 when I first moved to Chicago and haven't stopped coming since. Some of the wait staff is the same even after 8 years! This place has extremely high vibrations - beautiful light colors, uplifting art work, and of course delicious vegetarian food :-) It can get very crowded on weekends, but that is to be expected with a place this good. I always get the home made chai and the veggie burger is delicious as well. Omelets are always a sure thing too! You can't go wrong here! Love you victory's banner!

    (5)
  • Dhruv P.

    I used to come here quite often for brunch, but now that I'm not doing brunch as much, I don't come here anymore. :-( Sometimes I feel that I'm not as cool anymore to partake in the joys of brunch. Now my mornings are all the same, I prefer a simple toast with jam, some homemade chai and maybe a fruit. I always love the food here. Plus its all vegetarian, which is perfect for me. I'm usually not so inundated with so many choices on the menu so it makes me happy (and at the same time, overstimulated with the myriad choices). Their french toast is delectable and I can see why its called "award winning." Their bottomless chai is a good deal, even though I think its a bit high milk ratio to tea. Their omlettes are creative and delicious, and I've enjoyed "Satisfaction-Promise" quite a few times. Be aware, that during the summer weekends, they have a long wait-list. Its a cute, albeit, small place and only so many seats outside. But I always enjoy sitting outside, especially in Roscoe Village, which has its family, down tempo charm.

    (5)
  • S M.

    This is my favorite breakfast places in Chicago. I love the atmosphere and the food. I have been eating here for 10 years. Recently, I brought in my new baby, and they gave me a gift certificate for my family to eat in honor of bringing a new life into the world. As long as you are open to the spiritual side of the restaurant, it is just a wonderful dining experience (and I'm not spiritual at all). They have the best Chai Tea in Chicago. My husband says it rivals tea he had in India. It's a wonderful place to bring vegetarians and Kosher friends because no meat is served. The bread, soup, potatoes, omelet, and "burgers" are my favorites.

    (5)
  • Neil K.

    Victory's Banner is a great go-to spot for brunch. They have good vegetarian options. The staff is usually really nice and it is a comfortable spot. The scrambles are great here. Only warning is it is a smaller place and you may have to wait for a table.

    (4)
  • Christopher Q.

    It doesn't get any better for breakfast than VB. We love this place and the vegan sausage tastes better than "real" sausage. French toast, omelets, just amazing.

    (5)
  • Emily G.

    Alright heres the skinny: Buddhist-like place, super zen, vegan-style food (free range eggs, bran/wheat ingredients, tofu-filled healthy stuff). If you're into that kind of thing, this is the place for you. If you're not, you might still enjoy the egg scrambles, omelletes and other breakfast items. Head's up: if you're here for lunch, note that all the burgers are veggie. All eggs are organic. The place is small, so its great for 2 people for brunch but it starts getting complicated for parties over 4 (which was our case). I got the Satisfaction Promise (egg scamble with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and goat cheese) in the form of a Breakfast combo with a side of their famous french toast. The other people at my table got mostly egg omelettes, the southwest veggie burger and the special egg plate of the day. My Satisfaction Promise (the most popular egg dish on the menu) was very tasty: all fresh ingredients, tons of goat cheese, very flavorfull. My sister also loved the french toast, served with peach butter and tons of syrup. The rest of my table agreed that the omelettes were a tad dry and lacked flavors, but we all liked the grilled potatoes that came as a side with everything. The chai latte was also tasty (a little too sweet for me) and their tea selection was pretty extensive. Finally, I loved the decor and the staff's outfits, but I found our server a little.. ugh, un-charming. We were super nice to her and courtious (which should always be the norm) but her response made me feel like she didn't really want to be there. So much for being zen, huh? I'd say 4 stars food, 3 stars service. If you live nearby, you should absolutely come for breakfast though. I don't know that I would return for lunch, but a nice Saturday/Sunday brunch here is enjoyable. Its a shame they don't serve mimosas though (MY breakfast of champions). :)

    (4)
  • Lauren H.

    I had to get out of the house this morning to allow my condo to be shown, so I figured I would splurge on breakfast. After seeing the reviews of some trusted co-Yelpers, I chose VB. Glad I did! I started with a glass of the freshly squeezed OJ and it was delicious. I had the make your own scramble, to which I added soy bacon, goat cheese, and carmelized onions. Deeeeeeeeelicious. It came with breakfast potatoes and two big hunks of bread which were also quite tasty. Yes, it is not a cheap breakfast, but I felt like I got good quality ingredients and I like to support businesses that promote healthy and positive lifestyles so I didn't mind spending the extra. Victory! a new breakfast place for me to enjoy. Wave your Banner proudly!

    (4)
  • Lauren C.

    Cute place. Had the pesto egg scramble and a chai. Chai was awesome as were the eggs but meal could have been hotter (some of my potatoes were actually cold). Whole group liked their meal and it was reasonable prices/nice people so we'll be back :)

    (3)
  • Shradha A.

    They had really good chai and I loved the 'bottomless' chai concept! I enjoyed their french toast too - very fluffy and light! The curry omelet was interesting.. I absolutely loved the calm, serene, loving environment here and everyone was so super-friendly!

    (4)
  • Casey A.

    This was our second time here. First time was with fairly young children and I have almost no recollection of what we ate. Today we had 2 cups of coffee and 1 order of the "Award-Winning French Toast". Unfortunately, in our opinion, almost nothing stood out. It was dece French toast and nice and thick (if you're into that) but the restaurant was super slow and they almost forgot the peach butter.. We also made sure to ask if we could get fresh raspberries (only because we saw them offered with something else) and the waitress said yes.. my mom got a small ramekin of raspberry sauce.. weak, in my opinion.. It's a super relaxing corner and their decor is very in line with the Zen mantra they've got going but $2.75 for a cup of coffee? Maybe $2 so my wallet can harmonize with their good vibes too:)

    (3)
  • Aliyah K.

    Planes, trains and automobiles. We nearly took all of these to get to VB from our hotel in Chicago in the River North area. Located in a funky area surrounded by 'siren songed' pubs and cute homes is VB. There was no wait for brunch when we arrived, but a wait did start shortly after. Arrive early and be prepared to wait as the restaurant is small with a slight front patio for outdoor dining. Deciding between breakfast and lunch was difficult, but I settled on the Nouvelle Burger, their veggie burger served with caramelized onions and goat cheese, along with greens, tomato, and a tamari-mayo spread - this came with breakfast potatoes. Hubby had the Ultimate Waffle. It came with a TON of fruit on top including grapes, banana, various berries, melon and more and was topped with cream. Wow, the food was awesome. So incredibly good. The burger was an amazing, sloppy, savory and sweet indulgence. The potatoes were hot and seasoned perfectly, complimenting each burger bite. The waffle was warm, toasty on the outside, moist on the inside and sweetened with the fresh fruit. Our spiritual server was prompt and kind, she thought to bring extra napkins when she saw my smile upon setting my eyes on my meal. This place will be enjoyed by anyone who eats. Really. The menu is vast and there is not just something for everyone, but more than one choice for everyone for sure.

    (5)
  • Sandra T.

    my kind of place. I love vegetarian restaurants because I know that the cooking items are free of dead animal products. spiritual place. the owner said victory's banner was named one of the most peaceful places in Chicago. they have yummy chai as an alternative to coffee.

    (5)
  • Mat M.

    I found this place to be quite interesting. The food I had was good; not great but good. The server we had was nice and I generally liked her. The girl that sat us at our table was weird though I though. They wear unusual clothing too. My experience was botched because I was sat by quite possibly one of the rudest couples I have ever seen. They were obnoxious and just all around unpleasant. They were also rude to their server and it was really unpleasant. I had the pancakes with yogurt and raspberries. It was yummy! I got coffee; however I never got a refill! :( I would give it a shot, however i'd prefer to go to Kitschen down the street!!

    (3)
  • Jonathan Z.

    It was a pretty basic brunch place, nothing to special. As a vegetarian I appreciate having so many options (everything!), but I wouldn't go out of my way to go here

    (3)
  • Malena A.

    I don't understand how this place has 4 stars. The only really positive thing about this place is the friendly staff. Pros: - Staff are very nice - They are VERY eager to get you a drink and refills?? Strange but nice. We were asked by every single server there if we wanted a drink at some point. - Place is cute enough Cons: - There are pictures of the owner/yogi EVERYWHERE - Weird and not really my kind of ambience when I'm out for a Sunday brunch. Big turn off. - There is no organization with the wait staff. There seemed to be no designated host/hostess and our table did not have a designated waiter. Every single staff person there helped us at some point, which means we did not know who to call on and we were sometimes neglected. Management needs to step in and organize the staff. - The food was the most disappointing part of the experience. Veggie delight omelet had few veggies and no taste except for the cheese that we added to it. The grilled potatoes were undercooked and not flavorful....sadly, these may be the worst grilled potatoes I have ever had and they should be so easy to make. One of the specials, some cornbread type pancakes with salsa were fine, but nothing I would go back for. Overall, my husband and I left very disappointed that we waited for 40 minutes and wasted $30.

    (2)
  • Greg M.

    Victory's Banner is consistently good and inexpensive. My wife is vegan, and their options for her are excellent.

    (5)
  • Marilyn D.

    One of my favorite brunch places in the city! Really peaceful energy, cozy little cafe, delish peach butter and challah french toast, yum!

    (4)
  • Regina W.

    I got here right when they opened at 8 a.m. on Labor Day and I'm glad I did because the restaurant was already starting to get several customers. I ordered the Satisfaction-Promise, which just as promised, tasted amazing. The spiritual aspect of the place is neat too. Will definitely be coming back.

    (5)
  • Jonathan H.

    I was reluctant to go due to the vegetarian tag on their yelp listing but I'm really glad I went. Scrambled eggs + Pesto + sun dried tomatoes = amazing. I am stealing this idea/recipe and making it at home.

    (5)
  • Shana H.

    We were in Chicago for a week and went here twice. It was weird, but it was lovely. My friend is vegan and I'm not, which meant that VB was a perfect brunch spot for us. I had the crazy ridiculous cinnamon roll french toast. It comes with whipped cream, vanilla custard between slices and a cinnamon glaze. The portions were insanely big; I ate only a third of it. My vegan friend had the vegan french toast. Unlike most vegan french toasts (see Chicago Diner), it wasn't hard and crispy. Instead, it was thick and almost eggy in texture. It saved from being cloying because the sweet was cut with cardamom and cinnamon. Probably the best vegan french toast I've had. He also had the veganized Eggless Wonder. He said it was super fresh, but that the scramble was pretty bland. I'd say the food was about a 3 but the service was hilariously fantastic and wins back one more point. Our server was super friendly, and we really enjoyed watching the staff sing happy birthday to a fellow patron. They sang their own cultish variation featuring the lyric "We love you and your soul." Oh man.

    (4)
  • Diane T.

    Went there before work on Sunday morning trying to find something to eat. It was Mother's Day Sunday and we were seating fairly quickly on their outdoor patio (which by the way has it's permit, for all you Chicago inspectors!) I have to admit, I was thrown off by the bio with it's stance of No Meat. I like meat. A lot. But the food was so flavorful that I did not miss meat. I ordered the The Steverino which came with caramelized onions, grilled red peppers and goat cheese and a side of potatoes (that weren't heavily salted, bonus). There was a bit too much goat cheese but overall it was really delicious. My boyfriend ordered the breakfast burrito which came with a side of rice and salsa. The burrito was just oozing with a saucy goodness. He only had half of it because he didn't want to immediately pass out in a coma. It is a heavy breakfast entree. He was so happy with the food and definitely wants to come back. I'm curious about all the reviews of the chai tea. I'm going to try that and the some pancakes next time!

    (4)
  • Oksana D.

    This is one of my all time favorite brunch spots. I love the hippie, peaceful vibe and the vegetarian food is satisfying and fresh tasting. My favorites are the peach butter French toast and the satisfaction promise omelette. The French toast has to be the lightest fluffiest bread I've ever tasted with a light sweetness from the peach butter that just melts in your mouth. The omelette is really delicious and fresh and comes with perfectly cooked potatoes and delicious whole grain bread. Definitely satisfied every time!

    (5)
  • Molly A.

    tried this place for the first time today on a friend's recommendation. we were absolutely not sorry. she also urged us to try their homemade chai ... another resounding success! the menu is expansive and diverse. they have an amazing selection of wraps, veggie-focused burgers, as well as breakfast options and quesadillas! i went with the coconut curry tofu wrap - not overpowering, good balance of spices and flavors ... perfectly cooked tofu (an art that oddly not every veggie restaurant has perfected...)

    (5)
  • Diane G.

    LOVE this place! As a vegetarian, I was super excited that I'd be living close to a veg friendly brunch place. Food/Drinks: Started with the chai which is so smooth, and has just the right amount of sweetness. The bottomless chai is worth it for just an extra $1.45. My friend got the infamous french toast--it was definitely good, but not out of this world. The peach butter that accompanied it was unique and the bread itself was soft and melt-in-your-mouth good. My Satisfaction-Promise is def satisfaction guaranteed! Can't go wrong when pesto and feta are involved. :P Had a side of soy bacon which was salty, just how I like it! Ambiance: Probably my favorite part of the restaurant. It has a spiritual, calm atmosphere. The walls are painted in pastel colors, and there are lovely paintings and flowers around. Service: So sweet and welcoming. Their smiles are genuine, their spirits pure. I left feeling more at peace.

    (5)
  • Matthew M.

    came here randomly while walking through the neighborhood. I am not a vegetarian so was a bit skeptical, but menu actually had plenty of veg/non-veg options. Overall the place is clean and pretty quiet, even though most seats were taken. We had no wait on Sunday morning around 1045. staff was friendly and food came out in less than 10 minutes. I got the smoked Gouda and sausage omelette, which was decent but doesn't sub for real sausage if that is what you prefer.

    (3)
  • Emily C.

    Great vegetarian / vegan brunch option. I tried a tofu scramble, which was very good, but I have to recommend the french toast. I saw the other reviews, but didn't listen to them! Thankfully, my husband ordered it and I helped :) It was fantastic. Would go back for it! 144/365

    (4)
  • Amanda K.

    My go-to Roscoe Village brunch spot (unless they're packed, which is sometimes the case!). They're so accommodating, whether you're vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, etc. and the food is DELICIOUS. My favorite is the Steverino omelette with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and goat cheese. The potatoes and bread that come with are divine. I love this place. LOVE.

    (5)
  • Lola K P.

    Another brunch with the vegan buddy, and again, this was pretty good. Agreed with other reviews, the french toast is quite good, recommended here. Hubby and I split this dish and a veggie omelet, which was fine, a bit dry. Very casual, cozy space, good neighborhood eatery.

    (4)
  • Haley F.

    One of my go to breakfast spots in Chicago. Very relaxed atmosphere with a low noise level. While this is not a place to go in large groups, it's a perfect spot for a catch up with one or two friends. Being vegetarian, I love that I can eat the whole menu. There is nothing worse than being limited to one or two items. There are many vegan substitutes available as well! The scrambles here are very good, especially if you opt to make your own - you'll always get exactly what you want! I would HIGHLY recommend the french toast with the fresh raspberries. I would vote it as the best french toast I have ever had. The fruit is all extremely ripe and juicy. They also make their own bread so if you order the french toast or even just regular toast, it will taste much better than most places' store bought loaf. Parking here is a bit difficult because there are tons of popular restaurants located nearby. On a nice day, definitely talk a walk over to Roscoe or take the train because the neighborhood is a great one to wander around in. Be prepared to wait during normal busy breakfast times: late morning and weekends. Since they usually don't serve big groups, the table turnover is pretty good. Also, the tables are very close together so when it is crowded, do not expect to have an intimate date. You won't be right on top of the couple next to you but they will definitely be able to hear what you're saying if they choose to listen. This is a perfect spot for veggies and vegans alike or just people looking for a healthy yet delicious breakfast!

    (5)
  • RR R.

    Really great, fresh vegetarian food. Everything is delicious but I always order the upma (South Indian hot cereal). The service is really friendly and the patio is a bonus.

    (5)
  • Rita W.

    Great breakfast place! I have been here two times so far and have been happy with my choices! The first time I was here I ordered an omelette, it was delicious but I had a little twinge of food envy when I saw my friend's special pancakes. On my second trip here I ordered their famous french toast combo. Wow their french toast is really out of this world! Their french toast is made with thick texas toast slices so it is not only fluffy and soft, but it comes with peach butter on the side, and to be honest, it is soo good I could actually even eat it without syrup. But let's not get too crazy here. This is not a very big restaurant so be forewarned that there will most likely be a wait when you go! I want to come back and try their veg/vegan burger and sandwiches!

    (4)
  • Sneha R.

    Who'd have thought that 'buckwheat waffle' is something that I would (1) try at all (2) go back again and again for it. Fantastic stuff is it! Their other veggie/vegan options are pretty darn good. Do not try their uppama or whatever they call it. Chefs at Victory's Banner, take these from a South Indian who KNOWS how to make upma (it is a South Indian dish after all) 1. Dry roast the rava (cream of wheat) before cooking it 2. Do not bring the upma to a porridge consistency, it has to be of a consistency that allows it to be moulded (look up how it is served on google) 3. Please add salt, a little more salt will not kill the dish. Please stop making it like it's something you'd serve to someone who doesn't care about how it looks, tastes and feels. I say this to you so frankly because I do love your restaurant, you all do a great job! Big thumbs up on the sarees!

    (4)
  • Beba G.

    Hit or miss @ this place! Service sucks, except for the male server. The girls look tired..fed up all the time! Dunno! The food varies depending on who is cooking! It sucks because i wanted to like this place! I'll go back but just because Orange has nothing good and kitschen or whatever is terrible!

    (3)
  • Cindy T.

    It took over an hour and a half To seat four in our party. All the bhindi-wearing staff With saris tucked, made smiles so hearty. We talked of what to order: Four dishes, all to share, Like making four visits, as a daily supporter. Still, the wait was worth it, I swear. Two french toasts: the award-winning one And crème brulée, both breakfast desserts. Fluffy to the core, and neither overdone. Um, buttons are popping off our shirts. My curry wrap needed all fingers ten. Apple chutney! Drool-worthy, this wrap! Just as monks have their zen-- Oh no! Chutney fell in my lap! That's okay, plenty of uppama To go around. Never knew a cereal Of yogurt cream could make me say, "Ooh, ah, the Coconut chutney makes Chi-town brunch super ethereal.

    (4)
  • Penny B.

    Very popular, small, inviting place. Tucked in Roscoe village, this palce has a lot of charm. Waitresses are dressed in saris and they serve you warm chai while you wait. This is a great place to go on a chilly fall or winter day! A group of us went and tried a few of the breakfast foods: Uppama, breakast combo and french toast. They have some vegetarian and vegan options as well. I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but was pleasantly surprised by the Uppama. It was seasoned well with spices. The breakfast combo and the French toast were tasty as well. They use peach butter and real maple syrup on the French toast. This place was really busy for brunch on a Sunday, but it was worth the wait! The chai that they give you while you wait is excellent.

    (5)
  • Cate D.

    After reading only great things about Victory's Banner I was excited to try it. They have a completely vegetarian menu with vegan options as well. I heard the french toast was a must try so I ordered that, unfortunately it wasn't as good as I was hoping. I ordered one slice and it was huge. It looked tasty, but fell flat. I just didn't care for the flavor and felt like it was bit undercooked. However the Satisfaction Promise (eggs, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta) I ordered was very tasty!

    (3)
  • Gabriela M.

    French toast was amazing! No joke. Bacon (vegan) not really my thing but I cannot say enough good things about the french toast.... literally my mouth is watering thinking about it! I wish they were open late for breakfast for dinner. :) My only complaint. Service was nice and wait was reasonable.

    (5)
  • Megan M.

    After years of living in Chicago this really is my favorite. Don't expect super fast service; the wait staff is all friendly but the feel of the whole place is laid back. You can't help but be in a good mood while there. All that aside, the food is great! Raspberry french toast is one of my faves if you are looking for very fresh and fun. On the healthier side, I like the eggless wonder. Filled with veggies and pesto. Mmm. Every soup I've had has been a delight. Just wish they were open more days and hours!

    (5)
  • Isabel H.

    Fantastic place! No better way to rejuvenate and refresh after a night out than to have brunch here. The food is incredible, light yet filling, without leaving you stuffed. The environment is soothing, clean, and very enjoyable.

    (4)
  • Michael E.

    Crazy place with a cultish vibe. Sri is an inspiration to the entirety of this place. Great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (5)
  • Christopher F.

    Fun flavors and options, a young crew and an overall good vibe. While I like this place, I could love it if they updated the decor as it is a bit strange and learned how to plate food a little more thoughtfully. For example, my eggs with tortilla came out in one gnarly looking lump which initially gave me a very low opinion of it and almost sent it back but it turned out to be tasty. There is value in the theater of food in any type of restaurant.

    (4)
  • Kat P.

    Always a fabulous brunch at Victory's Banner. Everything is done with joy, as promised. Love the chai, and the chilaquiles were fabulous (with extra salsa). Thank you, Team Victory!

    (5)
  • Katie R.

    the french toast. ohhhh yeah, the french toast. the breakfast burrito is amazing, too. the wait on the weekends, at most, is 30 minutes. +20 stars.

    (5)
  • Ross H.

    The overall experience was fine, but probably won't go back. The Good: The food was great: I had the satisfaction promise and GF had the French toast. Our server was a really nice guy, conversational and attentive. The Bad: I am a pretty open minded guy, but the atmosphere was just too much for me. It felt like I was in the recruitment office for a cult with all the corny inspiration quotes and pictures of who I assume is the owner/spiritual guru plastered everywhere. I came here for brunch, not a CD, self help book, and other little spiritual trinkets. If the chef wants to open a new restaurant that skips the enlightenment with my eggs, I'll be first in line.

    (3)
  • Tazeen C.

    This is our Sunday brunch obsession. It is THE BEST French toast I've had in the city (and all the other glorious egg dishes are equally fantastic). The service is great --our lovely server offered to re-warm our french toast (because we just let it sit there as we devoured our breakfast burrito) and instead just made us a fresh batch. #Mindblown Seriously. The happiness I derive from eating Victory's Banner French Toast could only be paralleled by a land where quadricorns freely roam the earth... PS: Did I mention they serve REAL MAPLE SYRUP (without the irritating extra $$ charge??)

    (5)
  • Emily H.

    I had Sunday breakfast there. It's perpetually tiny and crowded on the weekends. The coffee was ok. Everything was either soy-based (sausage) and bizarre in texture, tofu-substituted (eggs) and mushy, or just plain flavorless (everything else). The middle-aged white servers tripping around in Indian sari dress were kind of creepy and offensive too. It's good that this place is stuffed into ultra-trendy Roscoe Village where people have the money and desire to delude themselves into bizarre lifestyles where they eschew all that is tasty. Might not work out anywhere else. I didn't know eating healthier could taste so disappointing. Vegans must love this place.

    (2)
  • Katie C.

    Let me start off by saying I am not a vegetarian. This place was great! I loved the food and it is the first vegetarian place that I can honest say that about. I had the southwest burger and the flavors were great. I highly recommend giving this place a try.

    (5)
  • Andre W.

    This is one of those places that makes you say damn! Came over for the perfect brunch since Zed451 was booked up this past Sunday. I have often heard good things about the food here, especially the French Toast. Made it over around 12:15 and walked into a 45 minute wait. They gave us coffee while we waited. The place is small so we waited with quite a few other people; shoulder to shoulder. The staff was nice and able to keep a room full of hungry Chicagoans happy and patient. You could smell the yumminess in the air as it was making the wait worth while. Once we were seated, we all were offered a glass of their freshly squeezed orange juice. Really good! Looking at the menu, we were all overwhelmed by all the great selections. I decided to go with the Award Winning French toast that comes with peach butter. This was some of the best French toast I have ever tasted. I also ordered a side of scrambled egg whites with goat cheese along with a side of grilled potatoes.This was one of those moments where I wanted to scream due to the greatness of my meal. One of my peeps got the Curry Omelet. I gave it a taste and it was pretty damn good! Curry and eggs didn't sound like a good idea to me, but this definitely changed my mind. There was also a Carribean Egg meal which was on the specialty menu....Very delicious. The Raspberry & Lime French Toast is a force to be reckoned with as well. As I stated earlier, the place is small and is well worth the wait. The staff is nice and are really good people. If you don't wanna wait, you can all in for pickup. Definitely will get more business from me!

    (5)
  • Greg W.

    Impressive, friendly, great food and very zen were everything I could sum up about Victory Banner. The staff & decor is light, friendly and calming making it a nice start on to the road to a good experience. Finding so many quality options on vegetarian/vegan meals was impressive, savoring the meal once it arrived was even better, it was so good I could not stop eating but wanted to just to be able to take the ample serving home to enjoy it more. The bottomless Chi Iced tea is sinful! This is now one of my Favorite places to go for brunch, which I look forward to often!!!

    (5)
  • Jacqueline G.

    Their neatloaf sandwich is probably hands down my favorite sandwich from anywhere. I think it may also be one of my favorites because it is always consistently great. I have never ordered food that wasn't good. I have had a few other things over the years but 9/10 times I get the same thing, but like I said the same thing is always tasty. Not to mention everyone is always friendly and they always offer me a drink if I am waiting for my food.

    (5)
  • Alexa F.

    I was excited to check out Victory's Banner as I live in the neighborhood and heard it was delicious. My party of 3 walked in on a Saturday morning. They were busy but there were one or two small open tables and a party in front of us waiting to be seated. No one took our name or even said hello. The party in front of us asked one of the waitstaff a questions and she replied (not sure what the question was) and then walked past me complaining about the customer to me and rolling her eyes. After that party was seated no one came back to acknowledge me or inquire about how many were in my party etc. even though there was a 3 waitresses working right behind the front counter refilling water jugs! I kept making eye contact with one of them and she was just ignoring me. Finally someone came to say there was only a small table next to the wall but a bigger table was just about to leave and if we wanted to wait we could have that table. So we waited another 15 mins (we have now been there over 25 mins) and just as the table we were waiting for was being cleaned off another party of 3 walked in and the hostess seated them at our table! I told the hostess/waitress/water jug re-filler we were leaving and walked out. We wasted nearly 30 minutes in total! We walked over to John's Place instead and had a very lovely brunch.

    (1)
  • Megan G.

    Ehhh....I don't get the hype. I'd visited Victory's Banner once before (in 2008, I think?) and found it sufficiently unimpressive to not re-visit until today. I was meeting two of my girlfriends for brunch and one, who is a vegetarian, suggested Victory's Banner. My friend arrived first, put her name in and was quoted a 30-45 minute wait. That, to me, is ridiculous. But it was a fairly nice day (though rainy...fortunately VB has a tent outside under which you can wait) so we decided to wait it out and chat. We weren't seated until an hour later. I realize the restaurant is tiny and it can be hard to predict table turnover, but the 15 minute wait past the high end of the quoted time was annoying. I will say two very positive things about the restaurant: the inside is adorable and the staff is awesome. Everyone was very friendly and our coffee was refilled frequently. Unfortunately, none of the food was impressive. I had the breakfast bagel sandwich (with faux meat and cream cheese) and it was just...there. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good either. The eggs, in particular, seemed really rubbery and bland. The side of potatoes was underseasoned and again...just there. I ate about five of them and let the rest go back to the kitchen. I was also able to try my friend's "award-winning" french toast and was thoroughly underwhelmed. Overall everything just seemed really bland and middle of the road. I'm baffled by the high Yelp average. I spent about as much on this brunch as I did at the one I had at Cafe 28 last weekend (around $20) but I waited an hour longer for this one and it was about 25% as good. That math doesn't add up. I won't be back to Victory's Banner.

    (2)
  • Jackie M.

    There's something very cozy and good here that I can't quite point to one thing, perhaps because it's not just one, but the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. It's one of those places where you would be okay dining on your own or SATC style - everyone likes a good breakfast, right? First time coming here after hearing about for a while now and a perfect place to get a nice pick me up. The ladies at victory's banner wear saris and smiles and if you are the yoga lovin', ashram-type, you'll fit in just fine. However, if you are not - yes the guru's picture is looking at you no matter where you move - do not be scared. The food and vibe here is totally welcoming, sunny, organic and hearty, The unlimited chai is awesome, but I think I can really only drink one cup even though I had one hot and one cold for the sake of comparison -which btw, the hot chai is what I prefer and is good size! Actually, in fact, the amount of food is really generous and it's mostly organic ingredients. I got the specialty Brie Omelette, they do a nice job with the eggs and it comes with a hunk of toast and potatoes! Real maple syrup on the table, easy to find parking, I am sold. I got there early as soon as the doors open on a Sunday morning, no waiting which makes for a more peaceful start of the day.

    (5)
  • Sonia L.

    For a veg place, this place is decent. Very interesting atmosphere with the yogis. The chocolate chip pancakes were delish, service may be a bit slow (i think one cook was working the line). The soy sausage was not good. But the place is worth a try.

    (3)
  • Christine F.

    So. Here's a super serious secret. This place has the best french toast. EVER. Walked in on a hot as balls Saturday morning. I think we beat the rush because I didn't have to wait for a table. Got some coffee, stat. The last time I was at this place, I was a full blown vegan, so I didn't get a chance to try their AWARD WINNING french toast. But today, my friends, my Victory's Banner French Toasty Virginity was snatched away. Oh, yes it was. I got the breakfast special - 2 over easy eggs and one piece of french toast with PEACH BUTTER. PEACH MOTHER FUCKING BUTTER. And real maple syrup. Me and my compadre got 2 huge cups of coffee and waited. But it wasn't a long wait. My gigantic pieces of toasties came out and I feasted. It was sweet, melt in your mouth goodness. The bread is thick and fluffy. The peach butter has huge chunks of peach on it. It was perfection. I couldn't imagine a more perfect brunch.

    (5)
  • Vaidehi T.

    Loved this place. This place has been on my book marks to try since quite a long time and I finally got a chance to eat breakfast there last weekend. We reached there nice and early like around 8:30 am and there was no wait whatsoever. The food is super delicious. I ordered the Upma, my hubby ordered the Eggless wonder and a friend ordered the Victory Banner's Award-Winning French Toast. I am an Indian, and I make very good Upma, so I was prepared to be very critical of the dish. But I was blown away, the Upma was perfect. It was perfectly seasoned and the texture was very good too. The peas, carrots adn tomotoes were the perfect addition. Totally loved the dish. My husband enjoyed his Eggless wonder too. The flavors are really clean and healthy. they are not masked by oil, butter or grease. My friends french toast was super good. Very very tasty, and still did not feel too heavy. It is perfectly soft and fluffy and they serve real maple syrup. What's not to love? It's a unique place.... breakfast lovers will definitely love it!!

    (5)
  • Kelly F.

    Yes, the waiters and waitresses seem like they've been cast under some sort of spell. . .definitely in a trance, yet a peaceful and polite one! The omelets are unbelievable - choice of egg whites, veggie bacon/sausage (etc.), and a variety of cheese. Heavenly, really. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and the health conscious. Definitely a brunch staple whenever I visit Chicago. Good to Know: Stop by Cinnamon Boutique next door, which is a lovely place to peruse adorable clothing and accessories if/when there is a long wait.

    (4)
  • Larry L.

    The first thing I noticed was the women working here were wearing saris. Hmm..that's a bit odd, but whatever. Then as I looked around, I kept seeing things that seemed more fitting for a hindu/budhist/eastern religion book store. It was only after I got home was I able to figure out that they workers are followers of Sri Chinmoy. Uh, ok....but how was the food. The pancakes are excellent and are served with real maple syrup. The potatoes are good too. If you like sweet chai, you'll love their homemade chai.

    (3)
  • Sarah N.

    There are a lot of things I like about Victory's Banner. I only come here for breakfast, although I've had the veggie burrito for breakfast and its very tasty. The satisfaction promise, french toast, and iced chai tea are the bomb. And now that they offer the french toast vegan, I'm a pretty happy customer. The service can be slow, and you will definitely wait for a table if you try to get breakfast/brunch on a weekend. For me the food is worth the average service and long waits.

    (4)
  • Marissa B.

    I didn't think I could do it. The BBQ chicken(less) sandwich was the size of my head. BUT. Somehow, Someway, I did it. It was too delicious not to and would not have survived a reheating and been close to the same due to the fresh veggies. Served with your choice of brown rice, fried potatoes, or mashed potatoes and gravy for $9.50ish. Yum. I've also had breakfast here, which was equally good (the bagel sandwich, stacked with cream cheese, egg, sausage, etc.) My only beef with this place (yeah, yeah, pun intended) is the size. Our party of 4 waited almost an hour at 1pm on a Sunday. There are only a few tables large enough to accommodate more than two people. BOTTOM LINE: Great food, so many delicious options and friendly service. Next time I'm going to whittle down the group to two (sorry guys) so we can eat before my stomach folds over and eats itself.

    (4)
  • Laura W.

    Drool. No, I'm seriously drooling over Victory's Banner. Just say the name and I'm salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs. Classical conditioning at its finest. We showed up around noon on a Sunday and there was quite a wait outside. Should've known. Today was one of the first ACTUAL October days we've had this October (55 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, yes please) so we agreed to sit outside, which made the wait time only five minutes. The seating was comfortable and the weather was fantastic; I was pleased with our decision already. We sat and read through the menu. Award-winning french toast? SOLD. Grilled potatoes? Okay! Soy bacon? Ehhhhhh, I wanted bacon really bad and I had a rough week, so I decided to fork over the $3.25 for a little treat. You know how when you see something for the first time and you fall in love and your mouth just drops open and you have no idea what to do? Yeah. Well, that happened to me today. The french toast was amazing. They serve it with this peach butter that I may or may not have wanted to eat spoonfuls of...and the maple syrup was real, grade-A maple syrup. The grilled potatoes were excellent. And the soy bacon was honestly the best meatless bacon I've ever tasted. With all of that, and coffee and tip, I dropped $20. It was totally worth it and I know my friends walked away paying a lot less. I never felt uncomfortable with the whole "cult" thing and pretty much consider it a non-issue. I think that once it gets extremely cold, I'll need to either visit when it opens or on a weekday, because it seems that popular. (Drool) I'll be back.

    (5)
  • Cage H.

    One of my go-to places for brunch when I'm back in Chicago. Victory's Banner is a vegetarian (and vegan-friendly) restaurant associated with the followers of Sri Chinmoy. This manifests itself mainly in the semi-monastic dress of the staff and the vibrant artwork on the walls and tables. The food is consistently good, with vegetarian and vegan versions of standard American breakfast dishes (scrambles, omelettes, pancakes, and their signature French toast), a number of South Asian dishes (uppma, chai), and an excellent selection of veggie burgers. Their various meat substitutes (veggie burger, soy sausage, soy bacon) are far better than the average vegetarian restaurant. Each week they also offer a special egg dish and a special French toast or pancake variation as well. We usually order a side of their tamari-mayo sauce as a condiment for the hash browned potatoes. The main drawback is that a line often forms later in the morning, so it's better to arrive earlier rather than later.

    (3)
  • Karina A.

    No need to repeat what has already been said so many times before... this place has a wonderfully positive vibe. Cheery decor and service to match. -Ordered the Satisfaction-Promise (eggs + spinach + feta + sun-roasted tomatoes) and the dish lived up to its name! -Chai was delish :) -Didn't see much of a kids menu, except for a "kids portion" of chocolate chip pancakes.... which totally overwhelmed my 4yo daughter. Even Sri Chinmoy (the guru which these people follow) seems like an ok-guy, too!

    (5)
  • Sandra M.

    Amazing veggie burgers, BOTTOMLESS Chai lattes (not to be missed), and delightfully warm company. I will definitely be visiting again!

    (5)
  • Robert S.

    What to say about Victory's Banner????? Well, I am not Vegan or Vegetarian and to me this place is phenomenal!!! Friends of mine who I play tennis with, one morning invited me out to breakfast and took me to this place. I was told by another friend to order any special stuffed french toast they have, no matter what, hey are all great. So when I got there and was handed menu I only looked at specials and ordered the french toast they had that day. It was a Key lime and Raspberry stuffed french toast and believe me, it was to die for! Did not need anything to enhance it, it was great on it's own. Tried the soy sausage as well and was impressed with it too. Let's just say since then, I go to Victory's Banner at least 3 times a month for breakfast.

    (5)
  • Jamie B.

    As everyone else has already said, the french toast here is out of this world. I don't care if you don't like french toast, you will like this. I respect the fact that they have real maple syrup. I'm Canadian so I can get pretty picky about my maple syrup, and they don't disappoint. Every time I've eaten here I've sat outside which has been quite pleasant because Victory's Banner sits on the corner of a tree lined street so you get some sun and some shade usually. I've never had to wait for a table which is surprising considering how many good reviews this place has gotten. I've had a couple of bites of some of their omelets, which all were pretty good. I specifically remember the goat cheese and pesto omelet being very good. I haven't been overwhelmed by the spiritual, peace, love aspect of this restaurant (the staff study meditation under the Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy), but there was one occasion that really stood out. A group of girls sitting behind me one morning were celebrating a birthday and the staff came out with a vegan chocolate cupcake (which was nice), and then they began singing a birthday song which involved words and phrases such as "rainbows" and "we love your soul." I am not judging, just merely telling an anecdote. It kept breakfast exciting to say the least.

    (5)
  • Linda B.

    I had been here once before and remembered liking it but I read these reviews before going this morning. I think my expectations were a little too high as a result. I had, of course, the chai tea and the french toast. Both were good but not amazing. Also, I am a meat eater and I remember being more satisfied by brunch at Green Zebra. Here, I left feeling a little lighter than I wanted.

    (3)
  • Talia G.

    I read on yelp I should order the bottomless chai latte - good call!!! A little disappointed there were no mimosas for brunch. My french toast was perfect. My brunch companions who ordered omelets didn't seem too impressed. But my food was awesome, so no complaints on my end. I do love the whole zen/Hindu vibe. It makes it feel less chain-y. As an FYI - I emailed ahead of time since we were a large (7-person) party. The owner himself answered back and was very helpful in accommodating us. They don't take reservations but still had a table ready for us, since we gave them a heads-up. 5 stars for service!

    (3)
  • Channyn W.

    I was standing outside admiring the foliage (that's fancy for "oooh pretty flowers") lamenting my lack of a camera while waiting for a friend to arrive. A man who I believe to be the manager walked up and started chatting with me, giving me an instantly great first impression prior to even walking in the door. It's so rare to get such a friendly vibe from a place and it was so welcome. My friend and I were seated right away on a Saturday morning during prime brunch hours so that helped continue the happy glow. The menu is delightful and varied. I'm not a vegetarian but I can't imagine anyone being less than satisfied with the myriad of options. And then, I fell in love. My order of french toast was without doubt the best I have had in the city. Being somewhat of a french toast slut, I can honestly say this french toast converted me to monogamy at hello. The past vanished from my mind and all I could think was "hello love, i'm finally here". Somehow I still managed to have a conversation with my friend. Actually, that's probably the only thing that kept things at a G rating. I'm not writing this review to encourage you to go to Victory's Banner. I'm writing to tell you to back the hell off. The french toast is mine.

    (5)
  • Sandy N.

    Vegetarian brunch, friendly atmosphere, delicious food. We ordered: Healthy Scrambled + - a little boring for me, but tasty (boyfriend ordered it) Raspberry French Toast - YUM. Perfectly done french toast (light, fluffy, tasty) Nouvelle Burger - also a hit. The combination of goat cheese with caramelized onions was pretty much failproof, added with the really yummy veggie burger. Will be back (salivating just thinking about it).

    (4)
  • Emann B.

    How wonderful to be someplace where all the employees seem to have a good time and genuinely care about their customers. Nice homey space. Food was excellent, generously portioned and flavorful. I had curried split pea soup and the coconut peanut curry wrap...Yummy yum yum! Rich and creamy, loaded with veggies that were cooked through but still crisp. Can't beat the prices, will definitely be back.

    (4)
  • David R.

    I've visited twice this year. (Tip: Sunday at noon = 40-minute wait; Saturday at 10 am = Your choice of seats.) On Saturday I ordered one of the daily specials--Italian omelette, with spinach, mushrooms, mozarella, and pesto. The flavor was great, but there was WAY too much cheese. Too much pesto as well, but I scraped some of it off and put it on my toast, which was fantastic. How is it possible to excel at toast? This might have been the best toast that I've ever had. My breakfast buddy ordered the straight up french toast (eschewing the dulce de leche variety) and it was excellent. There was a slighty citrusy undertone to it. I want to come back to try the soy sausage and smoked gouda omelette (mmm...smoked gouda) and the neatloaf (lunch items served only after 11).

    (3)
  • Boon K.

    If this place was open after 3 pm, I would totally give them 5 stars. I love their sandwiches and their veggie burger patties. My favorite is their BLT, the veggie bacon they use taste like real bacon, that I felt guilty. Their veggie bacon has a smoke favor to it and it is much healthier than the real thing.

    (4)
  • Beth M.

    The vegan French toast at Victory's Banner was the perfect blend of sweetness, gooeyness and chewiness. The two huge slices filled me up. Ok; it was supplemented with some of the herb-sprinkled fried potatoes from my boyfriend's plate, but it was mostly the French toast that did it. I don't even eat much sugary stuff, but now I'm craving more of that French toast with vegan butter and real maple syrup... I'm not sure if the vegan French toast is only for a limited time or if they plan on offering it regularly. The separate vegan menu wasn't as extensive as the regular menu, but it included several sandwiches as well as breakfast staples such as oatmeal. I'd like to try the homemade vegan burger next time. I was surprised they didn't offer soymilk. I would have liked a non-dairy chai. Instead I had Earl Gray steeped from a fancy sewn teabag. Still satisfying. The atmosphere was sunny and lighthearted. The "spiritual master" stuff was minimal and didn't interfere with my tasty brunch.

    (4)
  • Amy G.

    I love this place enough to make the trip from Evanston. I have enjoyed every dish I've tried here, I always leave stuffed. The coffee and chai are great. My favorite dishes are the "Satisfaction Promise" and "Egg and Sausage Bagel". The atmosphere is pleasant, and the servers are friendly and willing to make substitutions (I like "Bacon" with my bagel).

    (5)
  • Ali H.

    I've been here a couple times, and have been very pleased with my experiences. They have a spiritual theme, and even a little bookstore type area to buy stuff. I remember the breakfast that I had here the first time as being really outstanding. We had the pesto and goat cheese scramble and one of the sweet items (can't remember if it was pancakes or french toast) as well as the house chai, which was a little too milky and not chai-y enough for my tastes. But the food was really good. The second time I came here was around lunch time and we both got veggie burgers. They were good, but not totally up to par for a place that is all vegetarian and should be committed to the highest quality of veggie burger. The patties were mushy and fell apart when you tried to eat them. The flavors were good, but it was hard to eat, and just kinda weird. Mango lassi was yum yum! Anyway, I like this place. I like their vibe, and I can forgive them a mushy veggie burger and bland chai.

    (4)
  • Naomi S.

    Doesn't matter if you are vegetarian or not, the food here is creative and of the highest quality! I take any of my visiting friends here for brunch and we always have a great experience. I highly recommend any of the egg dishes with Gouda cheese.

    (5)
  • doug k.

    You love.... American Brunch food Indian food Courteous service Cool neighborhood that feels like SF Then this place is nirvana....Indian infused breakie. Try the curry omelet with chutney (who knew?)

    (5)
  • Dan P.

    What yells out more about great breakfast then white kids in saris?? Fabulous vegan food--French toast "award winning" Music you will never hear again!!What more could you want!! I like big time!!

    (4)
  • Tiffany K.

    I can't believe it has taken me so long to come here, but you can bet on me coming back here again. I came here with my good friend from college. We got here around 1pm for brunch, and we were seated within 5 minutes, tops. My friend ordered the special ($9.95), which was a goat cheese, tomato, spinach omelette (I think there was some other stuff in there, too, but I am not sure). I ordered a Steverino ($9.75), which was a goat cheese, red bell peppers, and caramelized onion omelette. Both of our dishes came with two slices of wheat bread and a side of potatoes. I really liked my dish, even though it didn't come out piping hot and the potatoes were kind of stale. The omelette itself was really delicious, and there were generous portions of everything. The bread was good, but the crust was super hard. I loved the taste of everything, despite the temperature being off. My friend really liked her dish as well, and we both had leftovers that we took home. The atmosphere here is really nice and cozy, and the waiters and waitresses are super friendly. This place was buzzing with activity and there were all kinds of people here enjoying their meal on a Sunday - friends, lovers, families. There is also outdoor seating, which is great. Next time, I am really intent on ordering something sweet (like pancakes or waffles) because they looked so divine on other people's tables. This place is also a bit pricey, but maybe it's the vegan/vegetarian thing? Bottom line: friendly restaurant, pretty good food, nice portions. Definitely coming back!

    (4)
  • William R.

    Yes people, there is a wait on the weekend, just like any other brunch place in a busy, buzzing city of CHICAGO IL. The servers are friendly, the coffee is good, food is Vegan/Vegetarian (AS LABELED) and was very good!

    (5)
  • Grey T.

    I like Victory's Banner. Admittedly, I am a bit "crunchy" and prefer to stick to vegetarian food. I love that they offer all vegetarian food and breakfast meat substitutes (fake sausage and bacon is becoming more widely available, but not always available, and often if available really foul). But my husband is not predominantly vegetarian and loves this place. One of the highlights of this place is that they make their own chai tea and it is delicious. They will let you take a go cup of it with you when you leave. I have never had the lunch foods - only breakfast, but they offer a great variety of sweet and savory breakfast options. The french toast is thick and delicious, and every egg dish I have had is great. My husband got a special fall pumpkin and other fall things french toast last time we were there and it was fantasic. The downside of Victory's Banner, which is not their fault, is that their dining room is small, so in the winter when there is no outdoor seating their weekend waits get pretty long and a little unpredictable. Best to get their early or have a little snack if you are already starving. But last time I had to wait for a loong time they clearly went out of their way to take my order and feed me quickly (I had been perusing the menu while I waited so already knew what I wanted), which I appreciated.

    (4)
  • Justin V.

    So one Saturday my little rockstar DJ friend calls me up and says, "Hey, you know Chess? My partner in Moneypenny? I guess she's like, completely in love with you and thinks you're handsome and she wanted me to ask you if you wanted to marry her and run away to an island or something." I'm kidding. That's a dream I have at least three times a week. What actually happened is one Saturday my little rockstar DJ friend calls me up and says, "Hey. Want to get brunch?" and I go, "Yes. I think I'm literally starving." This Saturday happens to be the day after my birthday, so I've got my two best friends in tow, and all three of us look like the "after" shots from a photo special about meth (because of our hangovers, not because we do meth). So we amble down from my apartment into Roscoe Village in search of this restaurant Jessica said to meet her at called Thor's Hammer or something, squinting and blinking and making ocean deep conversation like, "Did you see that dog?" "Yeah, I like dogs." "That chick was hot too." "I know." "You should get a dog." "I have a pitbull. You should get a chick." "Snap." (We're all basically hunky scientists with huge brains.) So we find the place, and it's called Victory's Banner and everyone's like, "Well LA DI DA, FANCYPANTS," because really? Victory's Banner? A little highfaluting, don't you think? Still, we're starving, so we sit on the bench out front and wait for Jessica, who is perpetually 35 minutes late to basic social events like brunch but can make it to a soundcheck 20 minutes early. While on this bench, reading the many little flyers and signs posted in the window, it occurs to us that something is amiss. "Is this place fucking VEGETARIAN?" "Oh, damn it, come on! We've been walking for 15 minutes! The Dinner/Diner Grill was right across the street." "Oh, cool." (That was Colin. He's a vegetarian.) When Jessica rolls up in her Transitions lenses and funeral garb, pale as Death with bright red lipstick, we start in on the Wet Hot American Summer Paul Rudd foot scuff, whine and pout routine but she's not having it, insisting that it will be delicious and rambling on about peach butter, and Mike and I are just shaking our heads thinking about all the horrid fake sausage we're going to mechanically gnaw while trying not to strangle her. I myself was already trying not to strangle her because our initial hello went something like, "Are those Transitions lenses? Jesus. You look dead. What did you do last night?" "Oh, I went to this Peaches show, and it was awesome. You look like shit. What did YOU do?" "Oh, you know, it was my birthday so all of my friends came in form out of state and we had that party I invited you to." "..." Etc. So we went inside. Well, it turns out that aside from being the most bizarre, let's-all-wear-robes-and-probably-worship-Kali-or-­whatever cult center in Roscoe Village, Victory's Banner actually manages to pull off that most unlikely of feats and make everything on their rather impressive menu taste not only not vegetarian but basically delicious. We tore through French toast, Greek salad, several egg scrambles with various proportions of goat cheese and spinach and peppers, a pound of Jessica's coveted peach butter, faux breakfast meats and assorted beverages, and every bite was worth commenting upon. We didn't comment upon them, because between the four of us we had about six working brain cells and spent two hours making the worst jokes imaginable and kind of drooling a little. I'm kidding again. We're like, the funniest people alive and it was JOKESx15 up in the V.B. but I've actually entertained the thought of returning several times, lured, against all of my better judgement and bone-deep disdain for vegetarians, by their absolutely delicious foodstuffs. So if you're a vegetarian ... well, eat bacon. But also, here's your new home. If you're not ... for once you won't have to make that horrid face that accompanies tofu. Victory's Banner does it right.

    (5)
  • Shonda D.

    As you may know by now... I love breakfast/brunch! My friend and I went to Victory's Banner on MLK, jr. day and we had a nice dining experience. We ordered the french toast, since everyone is CRA-ZY in love with them (like Beyonce), a side of soy sausage and potatoes. The french toast was moist and tasty. More importantly, you can add the apple butter instead of the syrup. No need for both, as the french toast isn't dry or hard. The eggs and potatoes were cooked just right. The coffee was good as well. I'm not a fan of soy sausage, but I thought I would try it... meh it was ok. The prices are reasonable. The place is pretty small and they pack patrons in pretty tight. But that's nothing unusual in Chicago, right? They also have a coat rack to hang your down winter jackets. Victory's banner isn't necessarily the place where you want to take children (just due to lack of space, not service). It was pretty busy, but the staff was attentive. They seem to rotate, we had three different individuals serve us: food, replenish coffee, water, and the check. All went very smoothly. The area is metered parking only. Parking can be a little challenging, but you will be just fine once you have your french toast and a cup of coffee yumm. If I'm in the area again, I will go back.

    (4)
  • Ashley U.

    Incredibly tasty breakfast food and such a PEACEFUL environment. I had the peach french toast and some delicious coffee! Loved it here, will definitely be back soon!

    (5)
  • Dolores P.

    This is my favorite restaurant in the entire city. It doesn't hurt that I live down the street from here and I really like the owner, Pradhan. I've been coming here for about six years, and I am never disappointed. I've tried almost everything on the menu, and they don't serve anything but the most amazing, delicious food. They have a new outside eating area in the back!

    (5)
  • Michael S.

    Fantastic. Everything I have every eaten here has been really delicious. I am a vegetarian but I have gone MANY times with non-vegetarians and I have never heard one complaint. In fact, my non-vegetarian friends often suggest it as a brunch option. The religious stuff is definitely a little creepy - but, the food... buon appetito!

    (4)
  • Gaurang B.

    It was just amazing to see VEGGIE chicken and VEGGIE bacon... And it tasted so good!! I had never thought that on some day I will get to taste such items.. Smoky chicken wrap was great and tasty.. Upma was damn good too.. Orange juice I had was totally fresh and thick.. We had to wait for a while but that reflects their popularity.. But otherwise, ambience and service are really good.. The owner is very much concerned about quality of food being served and whether people are liking it or not.. All and all, a wonderful experience that greatly enhances image of vegetarian food..

    (4)
  • Romonia W.

    The best French toast I've ever eaten & the best chai tea I've ever drunk. What's not to love?! Oh & the peach butter was so good I didn't need syrup for the French toast. Definitely adding this place to my favs!

    (4)
  • jenny m.

    Wow, this place is pop-u-lar. My friend & I got there at about 12:45 on Sunday and there were at least 20 people waiting (and since the restaurant only holds about 40 people that was a big line). We'd figured we'd miss the brunch crowd by going at that time but I'm thinking this place is busy from the moment they open until the moment they close. Luckily it was a bright, sunny day and they have chairs outside so we gave our name and plopped down in the sun to wait the estimated 45 minutes they told us it would be. They are pretty organized with the list, although I did notice the lady workin that day messed up a couple of times. She said we were ahead of one group, but then called them in first. And then she came out to say we'd be next, but when we went in to wait, she called out a different name a couple of minutes later. I did ask if she had actually meant us and she had, so we were seated. Not a big deal, but when you are starving like we were, and had already waited 45 minutes, having to wait 10 or 20 more minutes to get seated was not an option!! So I would just note the name ahead of you when you get on the list so you can know when you are up next. My friend & I both ended up ordering the southwest burger (I did the vegan option since I'm dabbling in going vegan at the moment). And that burger was freakin delicious!! I usually find veggie burgers somewhat unispired but this was a unique mix of grains & veggies, topped with mushrooms, tomato & greens and some special seasoning. (The non-vegan option also had cheese & mayo - and my friend said the mayo was yummy.) The burger was just tasty and unlike any veggie burger I've gotten at restaurants before. I was very pleasantly surprised by the number of items that can be made vegan and based on my first experience, I'm excited to go back and try out some more. As others have said they do have a separate vegan menu, but the regular menu also notes what can be made vegan. But don't be turned off if you don't want to do vegan, the entire menu is vegetarian and has a great mix of breakfast times and lunch options. Pretty much everything sounded appealing to me!! And last but not least, they do have a note on the menu that says everything can be made to go. Which is a score since I live close and don't think I'll always want to have to wait to get a table there.

    (4)
  • Jennifer B.

    If there is a french toast HOLY GRAIL, Victory Banner is it! The french toast here is just phenomenal. I'm not sure if the powdered sugar atop is actually cocaine? I mean, that may kinda explain the addicting quality! In all seriousness, there is a reason that Victory Banner won a Chicago Tribune award for their french toast! i'm an egg-white-omelette snob, and Victory Banner can definitely join my cool clique! Being able to customize your omelette, add, subtract, etc is always appreciated. Victory Banner gets busy early, but while it's annoying at some brunch places, here it's actually kind of fun. It's a small restaurant, but they turn over tables very quickly, the service is great, and I think I just found my new favorite brunch spot in the city.

    (5)
  • Colleen B.

    I feel like I'm at the spa when I walk into VB. The walls are pastel blue and yellow, and the tables and chairs are white. The decor says, "breathe deeply." I got the tofu scramble with spinach. Wonderful. It was a bit salty, but I really enjoyed it. A bit pricey, and there's soy milk but no soy butter. For those reasons, VB gets 4 stars instead of 5.

    (4)
  • Dana B.

    I've been here before & loved the french toast but, I had to come back here and report what I saw. Last week, I went there with my mom and we noticed little bugs flying around. Like large fruit flies. I had to wave them away from my food several times. I began looking around, to see if other customers where having the same issue and noticed SO many of these flies all over the walls. Smaller than a house fly but bigger than a gnat. I was completely repulsed and even asked the waitress what was up with all the flies. It was 20 degrees outside, so I know their happy home must have been inside this restaurant. I took pics & posting them. I think a health inspection needs to happen. Those bugs were probably living in the flour and just rapidly multiplying. As I was leaving, I looked at the walls in the kitchen and saw a few perched there as well. GROSS!!!!!

    (1)
  • Rebecca C.

    I just ate here for the first time. The oat bran pancakes are good. I ordered them for my daughter and the server asked if I wanted the child size, to which I said yes. However, I was charged for an entire order so maybe she just meant plain, since that was the adult option that costs as much as I was charged. My healthy scramble was very good. I think the place probably deserves 4 stars and I always love random videos of gurus with pandas so I will return and see if I can upgrade the review.

    (3)
  • Christina M.

    I wanted to try Victory's Banner for a quite a while, but I never went because I've been told by several people that they had limited vegan options. Well recently I decided to find out what those limited options were and to my surprise, they actually have a whole separate vegan menu. You have to ask for the menu since they don't include it with the regular menu, and it's not noticeable - luckily my bf asked if they had options before we were seated and out came the extra menu. Apparently most things can be made vegan here too. First things first, this is a popular place on the weekends! Not only is it busy, but it's small (and cozy) too, so expect to wait to be seated. The line looked long to us, but the wait wasn't too bad. I ordered the vegan Southwest Burger and fried potatoes. The meal was very tasty! I loved the potatoes, the burger and the sauces that came with it were also very good (they have Vegenaise too). Since the burger is gluten free and vegan there's not much to hold it together. Needless to say, my burger did fall apart when I was trying to eat it, so it's a little messy - but it wasn't anything a fork couldn't fix. Overall I really like Victory's Banner, cozy place, friendly workers, and good food!

    (4)
  • Renee E.

    I am definitely a little mad at myself that I haven't been to Victory's Banner until yesterday. I even lived a block away for a year in 2004, but the lines I always saw outside seemed a little daunting. And, I admit, I was a little skeptical about it's cult leanings. Not that I'm not a little curious, but I thought they'd be a little more in-your-face about it. I didn't want a pamphlet and a lecture to come with my waffles. And I certainly didn't want someone to try to convert my avowedly non-religious self. I was pleasantly surprised on all accounts. Sure, there was a little literature up near the front and a video with Sri Chimnoy and girls in saris, but that's where the cult ended and the AWESOME vegetarian (vegan upon request!) food began. I can't think of the last time that I read a menu and wanted to try EVERYTHING on it. I settled on a curry wrap with tofu and veg and a side of mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. Both, extremely delicious. My husband ordered a scramble with sun dried tomatoes and pesto and a side of potatoes and a slice of homemade bread. YUM! My brother, got the bacon cheeseburger and was astonished that this vegan dish was so satisfying! Like I said, I'm mad that I've waited YEARS to try Victory's Banner, but I am DEFINITELY coming back to try more of that deliciousness.

    (5)
  • Sarah L.

    Not just for vegetarians! Amazing chai tea, pesto sauce, cute outdoor seating and simple indoor decor. Love love love this place

    (5)
  • Heather H.

    The anticipated wait has kept me away from trying out Victory's Banner. And wait we did, for at least 45 minutes on a Sunday. Was it worth it? A resounding YES! VB is very charming, with nice pastel colors which brightened up my mood on the cold, rainy day. The restaurant seems to be dedicated to Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual teacher. But, I wouldn't say it's culty like the Loving Hut chains are. They feed you coffee, juice or water while you wait, which is a very good thing. There certainly isn't much room when you walk in, and I felt bad for the table we were practically standing on top of. They hold about 45 people, so while not tiny, it's not a large room either. When we were finally seated, everything moved really quickly. Orders were taken, and food came out in about 10 minutes. We ordered the french toast, the omelet special of spinach and artichoke, and an egg-white omelet with spinach, soy bacon, and cheddar. They used gouda instead of cheddar, I didn't complain, but it's not my favorite cheese. The french toast was outstanding, the omelets were ok. The lunch menu looked really interesting and flavorful, I'll be back soon to try that. All in all, with the philosophy of this place, you can't help but be in a good mood here, just plan on waiting on the weekend.

    (4)
  • Morr S.

    This review is long over due. I have been eating here for years, I like everything on the menu however I'm on a BTL wrap phase at the moment. I am glad this place is not close to my house otherwise I would definitively over-due it and eat here daily, that's how good it is. The veggie bacon is SO good you won't miss the meat, and you can feel good about not supporting the killing of cute pigs and eating a bunch of hormones, getting sick and obese, dieing of cancer all while ruining the environment. Long story short, EAT HERE, feel good! The cooks are always smiling and laughing they seem happy and that's who I want cooking my meal!

    (5)
  • Frank B.

    Ate the two most boastful items on the menu! "Satisfaction Promise & Award Winning French Toast". The AWFT is yum! So tasty, fluffy and that apricot buttaaaaa MMMMM! The Satisfaction Promise was well, satisfying but heck, I am satisfied as long as I get to eat! I will venture to try other things but the French Toast is one of the best!!!! **Word to servers: When one orders the Award Winning French Toast don't reply " Oh, you want the REGULAR one". It takes away the magic :(

    (4)
  • Ahmed R.

    Finally got to try this place recently. It's a small place, but we got here late on a Saturday just before close so there was barely anyone there. I ordered the chocolate french toast with nuts. I think it may have been nutella, but whatever it was, it was DAMN good! I tried my wife's breakfast burrito and it was delicious. This place knows what they are doing with their food. It was definitely worth making the trip out here for this place!

    (5)
  • Matt R.

    wow. This place is amazing! This is the place to go, whether you are a vegetarian or not. It's honestly a small place - I don't think they could seat more than 50 at any given moment. Lots of cool bodhisattva stuff around, and good/fast waitstaff. Food quality here is very very good. they have a lot of creative combinations - the peasant bread was amazing! It was like pesto +goat cheese, and the bread was like a homemade fluffy wheat bread. The sandwiches, obviously lacking meat, are not lacking in size. If you order a sandwich here, be prepared for it to be bigger than a sandwich you'd make at home (and better). Omelettes are equally awesome, and the chai is wonderful. This compares with Chai at an indian restaurant, although a little creamier.

    (5)
  • Erin B.

    As soon as my friend mentioned we would be going to brunch the next morning at a vegetarian friendly restaurant, I was sold. We passed dozens of small, cozy restaurants with outdoor seating along our walk, but it was worth the constant grumble in my stomach with each passing smell to wait for this place. When you enter, you may be taken aback by the staff wearing free flowing sari's and loose clothing. Once you settle into your table, you can read the article on the menu on how the restaurant makes money for an annual retreat. Because the staff is invested in their cause, they take good care to treat you with respect and unlimited kindness. The coffee, my most important part of the morning, was strong and delicious. There are refills, which I was not certain about since the waitresses didn't come around till almost the end of our meal with more. I chose to make my own egg skillet mix with broccoli and onions and tofu. As a non-meat eater, I was trying to place the flavor palette they chose, and when a friend tried a piece of tofu she said it was teriyaki sauce. It took some adjustment (as I usually eat my eggs with hot sauce but the sweet hot mix was not good), but I definitely can say the meal was overpoweringly good. I, personally, cannot eat the bread that came with the meal, but it looked SO good. Light, fluffy and delicious with freshly whipped butter. No one complained and the table favorite was soy bacon, who'd have thought?

    (3)
  • Susie A.

    Love this place! My go to dishes are usually the neatloaf sandwich and the bacon cheeseburger. It's good veggie food because they don't try to imitate meat. The folks are very nice, too.

    (5)
  • Jonathan U.

    The food here was excellent. No complaints, in fact I will probably come back again very soon. Also, love the location. However it is missing 5 stars due to 2 things: 1. The service was horrible. We sat there for 20 minutes before we were acknowledged. 2. We had 3 menus all with different prices. CHECK YOUR MENUS! We felt like we were getting ripped off, especially when we found out the price was higher than all 3!

    (4)
  • Lesley A.

    I'm a big fan of Victory Banner because I know it is a safe and inviting place to bring my vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free friends. Their menu is unique, which is a high compliment for the multitude of restaurants in Chicago. I also like the ambiance of white against blue walls with yellow trip (that comes off as calming and not Swedish pride - which is far from their yoga-esque mission). Victory Banner is known for their award-winning French toast made with a soft bread that's like challah, and served with vegan peach butter. It's truly delicious. I also enjoy their mango lassi even if it's a little pricey (over $3). HOWEVER, I was disappointed to find that my clothes smelled like cooking oil from the restaurant. They need a better ventilation system, and it's embarrassing to have to go home and change clothes because I seriously reeked of oil. Maybe takeout next time?

    (4)
  • Marie B.

    I had the egg scramble platter with mushrooms and tomato. Very good! The french toast looked a lot better, but I was trying to keep it light. The home potatoes are very good too. The coffee was yummy, I forgot to ask what brand of coffee that they brewed. On the weekends I almost always see a line for brunch, not sure if the food is that good to wait in line for though

    (4)
  • Jack P.

    I've only been here once, for breakfast, and I was very impressed. There was a wait on a nice Sunday summer morning. Once in, the atmosphere was cozy, and the service friendly and gracious. The breakfast menu was varied, and I decided on eggs with fake sausage. The whole vegetarian ambiance was imbued with the servers' dress, hinting at something Hindu, but I'm not really sure what the religion-based them was. My breakfast was delicious. The faux-sassich was really good. My friend's faux bacon, however, was a very flat, thin, pink and white mass which reminded me of bubble gum on the road which has been run over by a car. It tasted pretty good, though, for fried road kill bubble gum. Definitely NOT a replacement for the real thing. But will there ever be? I would definitely go back and I have referred others there, since I get quite a few veggie visitors. And I am very veggie-friendly. As long as there is flavor, I'm good! This is really a top breakfast/brunch spot.

    (4)
  • Benjamin H.

    The vegan french toast here is to die for.

    (5)
  • Alejandra V.

    This place is...ok. The place is small, the servers are nice, the service is quick, the food is vegetarian. They're knows for their french toast. I'm not sure why, the only special thing about it was it was on super thick slices of bread. I also had the Steverino omelet, caramelized onions, bell pepper and goat cheese and potatoes on the side, the better option. Boyfriend liked it, I didn't hate it. If I lived in the area I would come back but I don't so, meh. There's a wait. I don't know why I'm mentioning that. It's brunch on a weekend, of course there's a wait.

    (3)
  • Jennie P.

    Everybody who lives in Chicago knows Brunch is a big deal in this city. To add to that, there are so many options out there on every street. Do we go for a straight breakfast/brunch place or a bar with brunch? Do we want to wait in the lines and more importantly - is it WORTH the wait? Well, there are several places in this city that offer a great brunch and most of them considered great for different reasons (Great Bloody Mary's, Amazing Pancakes, Love their Coffee, Eggs are perfect). On our list for a little while now was Victory's Banner. Why? Because it's unique in that it's vegan/vegetarian and their breakfast menu is FULL of options. We walked right in their open door and automatically - you feel good. The walls are blue and yellow-very inviting and peaceful. The owner came up to us immediately - was incredibly friendly- wiped down a table for us and led us to our seats. What to get from a Vegan/Vegetarian place? After much consideration - I landed on the "Healthy Scramble" which was scrambled eggs- your choice of 2 veggies mixed in w/ it along with tofu, brown rice, and bread. It was AMAZING! It had great flavors, everything was cooked to perfection, the brown rice was even good. The bread is baked right there as well - and it's nice and soft - full of oats/bran as well. My husband got the Satisfaction Promise I believe which was scrambled eggs, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, potatoes, and bread. Naturally, I tried his as well and it was also amazing. I can't say enough good things about this place because the best part about this brunch is the fact that you leave - not so full you need to hit the couch afterwards - but you can continue on with your day satisfied and still able to eat the rest of the day. It's not greasy or anything - it really is great. I think everyone should try it- even if you're not vegan or vegetarian - it really is unbelievable.

    (5)
  • Jerry P.

    Victory's Banner is a wonderful way to start the day. Getting there before 9:00 almost always ensures no waiting. The staff is quite friendly and the owner always makes me feel welcome and happy to be there. Although I am vegetarian, my wife and friends that we go with are not. We all have an enjoyable time and greatly enjoy the food. I tend to drive the owner a bit crazy, because I almost always order the same thing. The eggless wonder is my favorite. I 'veganize' it by requesting no cheese, but with salsa mixed in. It is absolutely delicious! I enjoy it so much that I rarely want to order any other dish. Nonetheless, my wife generally orders either the signature french toast or an egg dish. Although the peach butter doesn't generally come with all dishes, my wife requests it with her toast because it is so good. Beyond the good food, many of the staff are on a spiritual path, which is reflected in their joy of preparing and serving such good food. Getting to know the owner is a pleasure. He is a man of many talents. He once diagnosed my gout correctly after talking to me for one minute, after four doctors in an emergency room failed to do so. (He is a non-practicing chiropractor.) He also has a grand sense of humor, but I will leave it at that. In summary, good food, warm surroundings, wonderful experience.

    (5)
  • Nina D.

    I always enjoy eating here. Proportions are the right size, the staff is always friendly. It's definitely worth the wait.

    (5)
  • Colleen C.

    Finally. I made it. Ok, let me first admit...sheepishly (I mean...veggie-ishly) that I totally spaced, and didn't realize this place was vegetarian focused, etc. So imagine my surprise that soy sausage is pretty damn tasty! Who woulda thunk it, eh? My soy sausage and smoked gouda omelette was quite fantastic. The accompanying 11 cups of coffee (gimme a break, I flew back in late last night!) did the trick to keep me alert. SUPER alert. Whoa. Props for the constant stream of caffeination. I can see why this place jams up on the weekends...as it seats approximately 18 people. My suggestion (if/when possibe): hit on a weekday. Seems to have a holistic, yoga-like, zen type of vibe. Cool. I like my eggs with a little bitta zen. Not sure of the story behind it, but I'd venture to guess its pretty interesting...as they close twice a year (for a few weeks) to honor their Master in some faraway land... dig it.

    (4)
  • Jodi R.

    We refer to this place as "the cult". One trip in and you'll see why. The absolute best omelettes, French toast & pancakes. French toast and pancake specials are not to be missed, especially French toast with marscapone and orange. Homemade soups are usually quite yummy. They'll let you have a taste if you want to try one. Veggie burgers (bliss burger) are the best I've ever had and come with real mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy or brown rice. They use Phil's Farm Fresh Eggs and that makes a difference. Be prepared to wait on Sat & Sun. In the summer you can dine outdoors too. Closed on Tues.

    (5)
  • Eric L.

    My girlfriend is a vegetarian, but I am not. However, if all vegetarian food were from here I would seriously consider switching. I have been here a couple times. The staff seems stretched a little thin each time, but they have always been nice and sometimes talkative (for the better). The veggieburgers are the best I have ever had, and I have tried a lot. Also, the "neatloaf" was incredible, and I'm not a huge meatloaf fan. Another thing, I'm not often a fan of is mushrooms (I'm picky). However, the mushroom gravy is really good on their mashed potatoes. The only bad thing about this restaurant is the hours and the wait (which I imagine is not helped by the poor hours). They are only open from 8am - 3pm and not at all on Tuesday. This really sucks because you pretty much have to go on the weekend, but so does everyone else, and it is popular. My girlfriend and I have always had to wait at least 10 - 20 minutes. We always end up saying it was worth the wait, though.

    (4)
  • Kerry M.

    took my vegetarian sister here for brunch this afternoon after reading all of the positive reviews on here, and all in all it was a good experience. the food was good, i had the pesto and goat cheese omelette, she had the blt. after getting past the fact that my omelette was bright green, i proceded to eat the entire thing. no legit complaints about this place, other than the super crowded space, and the less than clean restaurant itself....

    (3)
  • Alicia F.

    I had lunch here today with my friend Eric and the food was great! If you are not a vegetarian, I promise you won't miss the meat! I had a veggie burger with smoked Gouda. Eric swears by the french toast. The place definitely has a funky zen-like vibe, although when my toddler let out a joyful holler in appreciation of her pancakes, we did get a few stares for "disturbing the peace."

    (4)
  • Teddy J.

    i had high expectations after hearing and reading reviews on a vegetarian brunch. well, they failed to mention that vegetarian means low on taste. my brunch companion and i both ordered the omelette which turned out to be rather bland. the redeeming factor was the side of house potatoes. service was mediocre... our server dropped items left and right. and he seemed to be trying way to hard trying to get us to laugh at his jokes. all in all... it was an ok meal. i'd give it another chance... but not too soon. for the far off location and the long wait in line... i can find something better and tastier in my neighborhood.

    (2)
  • Joel S.

    I go to Victory's Banner about once a month. It's reliable, and quality vegetarian food. The last few times I have been there, I have ordered from the lunch side of their menu. Yesterday, I had a "Neatloaf" sandwich that was pretty tasty. One thing that you have to be prepared for when you go to Victory's Banner is the amount of Sri Chimnoy stuff going on. Apparently he's an Indian spiritual leader, and his followers operate the restaurant. There was a pretty awesome video playing in the waiting area/entrance of Sri Chimnoy lifting a small plane, which would be impressive if he wasn't using a huge lever. Yay simple machines!

    (4)
  • Martha Z.

    Just like Luca I heart beef, very much so. But I hardly missed it at Victory's Banner. The dishes were delish and the coffee was the best brew to be had. The staff wears robes and you may think the color scheme is ala senior citizen rec room hall, but it's all good. I will say I was not impressed with the fake bacon...sometimes you just got to go for the real thing!

    (4)
  • Maureen D.

    was here yesterday with my mom- it's a lovely, bright little place with great light and a friendly staff. we were seated as soon as a table was available, and i ordered the african nectar tea- phenomenal. my mom and i then ordered our food- she got the french toast, and i got eggless wonder #2. both fantastic choices. i can't wait to come back and try everything else on the extensive menu! yay.

    (4)
  • Alexandra D.

    This is one of my favorite places in the city. The all vegetarian food is consistently great, the service is too, and the atmosphere is so peacefull I can't help but feel better after breakfast. They close twice a year in April and August... so just make sure they are open before you show up, I have made that mistake more than once

    (5)
  • Mandee M.

    Victory's Banner is Vegetarian. It is located at 2100 W. Roscoe here in Chicago. My Husband loves Meat, but can find things to eat here that he likes too. But he is not that enthusiastic about some of the qwerkiness that comes from their theme that they try to have going, since he feels that some of the menu items don't stay true to this theme since there are only a few items that are truly vegan, so beware if that is important to you. However, we have yet to have a bad meal from there, but we feel that there are much better places in the city to get breakfast/brunch. Their # is (773) 665-0227. They are Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week except Tuesday, and we normally spend about $10-15 per person. I'm pretty sure that major credit/debit cards are accepted too.

    (3)
  • Amelie D.

    Whether or not you can dig the moderately hare krishna vibe going on here, this place is excellent. Smiling, friendly, and attentive staff serves you healthy food while wearing saris. Try the fresh-squeezed orange juice - Sri Chinmoy himself must have blessed this delectable nectar. The meatless and vegan options are highly comparable to their authentic meat counterparts. This would be a great place to take a non-veg for breakfast or brunch, and ease them into vegetarian fare. Also highly recommend the "stripples" bacon-free bacon.

    (5)
  • Nina W.

    All vegetarian restaurant in Roscoe Village that not only promotes cult-like positive thinking, but also serves some of the best French toast this side of Chicago. It's soft and egg-y and served with a peach butter spread, which is absolutely delicious. Their breakfast food is incredible, but their lunch leaves much to be desired. If I had to choose, I'd go to Victory's Banner for a veggie breakfast and Chicago Diner for a veggie lunch. For two entrees including drinks, our total was less than $24.00 without tax.

    (3)
  • M. C.

    I was a little skeptical about this place. I'm not a vegetarian, and I didn't know what to make of a waitstaff that consisted of sari-clad followers of Sri Chinmoy (whoever he is). However, no one tried to convert me to a new path of spirituality, and the food, in and of itself, has made me a fan. Far and away, my favorite thing on the menu is the Peasant's Lunch. I had Hungarian mushroom soup served with homemade bread covered in goat cheese and pesto. (Can you say, "Yum"?) My second favorite thing on the menu is the bottomless Chai Tea. It's made from scratch, and it's wonderful. The French Toast at this place is also good. Surprisingly, though, I also enjoyed the Smoky Chicken Wrap...and when I say chicken, I mean faux chicken because again, this place is a vegetarian place. It looked like, tasted like, and had the texture of real chicken. Craziness. The only semi-complaint about the wrap is that there was a little too much sauce on it.

    (4)
  • A M B.

    This is a restaurant you almost don't want to write a review on because you in NO way want to increase the chance of the line becoming any longer for Sunday brunch. Alas, here I go~ I get excited when we have friends in town because this is always where we take them. I haven't had one bad thing on the menu and the coffee is, to me, one of the finest cups in the city- strong, creamy and delicious. My boyfriend and I split one savory item and one sweet so that we may experience the best of both worlds. It has been remarked that I 'split' with laser beam exactness, and after you've had their raspberry french toast- you will understand why. My other favorite is the curry wrap w/ brown rice. I spotted someone eating it at another table on my first visit and haven't turned back since...when it's my turn to choose the savory item, this is what I go for. Also, order a side of toast if it doesn't come with your meal- the bread is exceptional but not as good as their prices. Enjoy and be sure to take them up on a coffee or chai tea while you're waiting in that LONG line!

    (4)
  • CM D.

    The food was good, but it's so jammed on Saturday and Sunday mornings that people stand outside to wait, sometimes for up to an hour. And honestly, I don't think the food is THAT good. It may just be my non-vegetarian nature coming through, though.

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  • David F.

    This place serves wonderful breakfasts and lunches. The menu is vegetarian and offers egg dishes, soups, salads, and wraps among other things. The menu states that it exists for one reason, to give joy. The inside is small and can get a bit cramped when full. The food is well worth it and the prices are very reasonable. They are closed on Tuesdays.

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  • K H.

    My favorite brunch food, ever, hands down. The only complaint I have is that I don't dig the decor, but who cares when the food is so delish. The French toast with peach butter is to die for, as are the scrambles and eggless wonders. The owner is always friendly...he used to offer a free meditation class (not sure if he still does), which I took a couple times.

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  • Candice T.

    I'm not sure what people mean by the 'culty' feeling. No one here is asking you to drink the kool-aid. As their website explains "All of us who work here are students of meditation, and study with the Indian Spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy. The restaurant is a reflection of the impact Sri Chinmoy has had on our lives, and it is inspired by him. His philosophy encourages a sincere inner life with an active outer life. By meditating on the spiritual heart, he teaches, the seeker can discover his own inner treasures of peace, joy, light and love." I've never seen anyone negatively review a restaurant based on the owners spiritual beliefs. Shame on you Yelpers. Here is what you need to know. Victory's Banner has wonderful food. What makes it even better is that it's wonderful vegetarian food, (which isn't easy to come by in Chicago) the best in the city, in my opinion. You'll be greeted with a smile and always treated with respect by the servers. The restaurant it's self is warm, sunny and inviting in every aspect, from the flowers in the window to the politeness of the staff. Did I mention how FANTASTIC the food is?? If you haven't already, you have to try the french toast!! There is only one drawback. Victory's Banner is closed on Tuesdays. That's it. So, go. Run if you have to. This place is not to be missed!

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  • D J.

    This was probably my best brunch outing in Chicago to date - as you step into the tiny, bustling restaurant on Roscoe and Hoyne, the eastern inspired influence is unmistakable - from the stacks of yoga/meditation books and chai/incense stick collections, aroma of sandalwood to the women dressed in sarees - you could be stepping into a cafeteria at the Theosophical Society(India) - well, not that they would serve such fabulous french toast or such a wide selection of omelettes or scrambled eggs! The wait was long, which is expected at any popular brunch place in the city, but the food was totally worth the wait - I had a combination of scrambled eggs with basil pesto and sun dried tomato, and some fine french toast, along with a white tea infusion. The folks at the place were friendly, the tab was a trifle high, the crowd was diverse, the only commonality being that they were all vegetarian (or at least forced to be for that morning!) as Victory is touted as one of those unique vegetarian only dining spots. Absolutely loved it - we need more of these around here!

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  • Sam W.

    An ex-girlfriend introduced me to this place and used to drag me here all the time for brunch. To her credit, although I was never crazy about the clientele and the cramped feeling of the place, I must agree with the other posters that the french toast and omelettes are superb. Yes, they do have a weird cult thing going on and yes they have an interesting video on loop of their leader and people boarding some sort of craft, but I like it nonetheless.

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  • Luther Z.

    One of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots in the city. Service is consistently high quality and friendly to boot. I've never been disappointed in the quality of the food either. I'm a carnivore, but I don't mind passing up on the meats while I'm here. Everyone who I've brought to this spot has agreed that it was not only delicious, but that they did not miss the meat. The atmosphere, even when busy and hectic, is still relaxed and peaceful. I've never felt rushed by the service, no matter how busy they were. The omelettes are fluffy and hearty, the soups and bread are fresh, and the french toast with the peach butter is obnoxiously good. Yes it gets tight in there on the weekends, and the wait can be pretty long... but its definitely worth it. If you end up having to wait, walk around the neighborhood for a bit. There's plenty to see on Roscoe and Belmont. The secret to this place, however, is to skip the Sat/Sun brunch rush, and head over during the weekday. I've never had a wait Mon-Fri, and the food and service are just as good, if not better. I also notice that some people commented on the whole "cult" thing, and their followings of the teachings of Sri Chinmoy... I guess my response to that is this: They have never proselytized to me, they've never made me feel uncomfortable, and even though his literature is available and videos run in the background (on mute), I've never been asked to take a pamphlet with me, or watch the videos. They don't mock others for kneeling to Christ or bowing to Mohammad... so come on folks, don't mock them for not fitting inside your narrow scope of what religion is, or should be. If it makes you uncomfortable, then don't go... but don't be disrespectful either.

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  • sara s.

    I never get tired of their eggless wonder: tofu, goat cheese, veggies, potatoes and herbs. Staff are friendly and helpful. I'm a vegetarian and my only complaint is that they close at 3pm and the line is long on weekends.

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  • Sarah F.

    This is a favorite place of mine to take friends when they visit. On the weekends there is usually a wait but it's worth it. The mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy are a favorite, as is the Eggless Wonder: potatoes, fresh veggies, goat or feta cheese, basil pesto, and tofu all scrambled together. As a vegetarian, this is brunch heaven for me!

    (5)
  • Herine C.

    I'm a carnivore through and through, but this is my absolute favorite breakfast place in Chicago. My fiance used to live in Roscoe Village and introduced me to VB several years ago and I've never once been disappointed. The coffee is wonderful, and I almost always get the Satisfaction Promise and split the French Toast with peach butter with a new convert or faithful follower (to the restaurant, that is =]). Just stay on top of their religious observance/retreat schedule, because there's nothing more disappointing than showing up with a craving for one of their signature dishes and then realizing you won't be able to appease it for another week due to the restaurant being closed!

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  • Rian K.

    Victory's Banner is a great place to meet up with friends or just chill out. The staff are peaceful and attentive. You just get a good vibe going in there. You may even want to start on their tiny chair filled patio when it's warm out with a cup of their bottomless chai (my friend is absolutely in love with it, though I can't stand tea in any form). They have a very wide selection for vegetarians, which is half of the reason that I go there. I do have to admit that it's a little hit or miss. I've never had anything bad here, but not everything is incredibly delicious. Most of it I would rate as "good." One example would be the pancakes. You can get them with different fruits like raspberries or apples. I thought that they were sort of dry. But my friends all love them. The atmosphere and good selection keep me coming back. If you go on your birthday, they even sing a song about celebrating your soul!

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  • Dilaun W.

    Unique atmosphere. The decor is kind of a mix of a baby's room with blue walls and bird artsy scribbles and India with the servers wearing saris and lots of references to Buddhism & zen things on the walls too. It's a cute diner type restaurant almost could be a beach cafe. The wait can be long if you go during prime brunch hours. I had the award winning French toast and it was positively amazing. Comes with peach butter. Plenty of maple syrup on the table. They also have huge omelets and tasty soups. Lots of gluten free items on the menu too for those who need it.