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.
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