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November 4, 2007


Green Zebra

by gastronomicbypass

Location – 1460 W. Chicago (Chicago and Greenview)

In one word – Salty

Food – This is Shawn McClain’s vegetarian restaurant (same person who runs Custom House and Spring).  I had a great food experience.  Green Zebra seems to be a strong advocate for the slow foods movement.  All the ingredients are seasonal and fresh.  Here are all the things that came to our table: Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Mushroom Broth, Cauliflower Soup, Chickpea Pancakes, Celery Root Beignet, Truffle Risotto, Mushroom Tagliatele and Doughnuts with Parsnip Ice Cream.  Everything was fresh and flavorful, I just felt that each dish had a touch too much salt.  I chose to the do the chef’s 5 course tasting menu ($55).  The menu was a bit overwhelming for me, so choosing the tasting menu was the smartest option.

Drink – We chose a bottle of the Reisling.  It was crisp and went very well with the food.

Service – My eating partners thought our server was nervous, but I took it as enthusiastic.  She made sure to come by before every course to give us a refresher about each entree.  Overall I was pleased.

Occasion – This place is not cheap, so come for an occasion.  The clientele here is a mix of older folks and hip vegetarian 30-somethings.   I like the look of Green Zebra.  The color scheme is a mix of sage and greys.  It feels clean, natural and still sleek.

Cost – For a full five course dinner plus wine, we paid  $82/person.

If you like, try…Aigre Doux

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  1. Hannah
    Nov 4 2007

    Dare I say it? This is my most favorite place to eat in the city. Love it!


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