Vegetarians and aesthetes in general, listen up: there’s a new brunch option for you in the Ukie Village vicinity, and it’s called Green Zebra. Yes, one of Chicago’s premiere vegetarian small plate destinations has just launched a brunch menu, replete with the local and seasonal ingredients one expects of GZ. The brunch dishes are not quite as fashion forward as the dinner offerings, but are still rather fancier than your average brunch fare. You have your standard Anson Mills grits with Southern greens, smoked mushrooms and poached eggs for $10 and challah French toast with black pepper and strawberries for $9 (black pepper? really?), but the fennel soup with candied Meyer lemon ($5!) for brunch is probably unique to GZ. And if anyone can do a caramelized vegetable hash with roasted tomato vinaigrette over baked eggs ($10) well, it’s these people. Overall, a welcome addition to the scene.
P.S. They’re offering five special cocktails with brunch, including the funny-sounding Bubbly Herb with mint and sparkling wine, for $8.
[Photo: the interior, Green Zebra]