The food at the Red Herring varies from year to year. I believe this is because the chef changes. Right now I find the food a little disappointing -- but ok. This time last year I was blown away. So I recommend revisiting once in a while. A plus is that they've moved to using mostly local produce.
There are also vegetarian meals served by other organizations sometimes in the evenings, which can be amazing. For example, the local Krishna organization is there some Mondays during the semester, and an Indian fundraising organization (Sam Bar, http://www.ashanet.org/uiuc/) occasionally shows up serving South Indian food.
Be advised -- this is NOT a typical restaurant. This is a basement with the decor painted directly on the walls and cardboard over a hole in the window. You can watch the workers prepare your meals in the small kitchen. There is occasionally live music that is very good. The people who eat there and who work there are interesting to watch. This place and the Espresso Royale location that is a block away are, to my mind, local institutions.
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