What to Eat

What to Eat at Vera, Opening Today

You’ve read our interviews with Mark and Liz Mendez, you’ve seen our video of an almost-ready Vera and the more-than-ready-to-be-open-already Mendezes. And you’re as ready as they are to just eat and drink. Well, tonight’s the night this Spanish tapas and wine bar from the former chef and wine director of Carnivale opens. We’ve got the menu, from the cheese bar to the small and a few very large plates.


Torta de Casar, Extremedura, Spain (Sheep)
Manchego, La Mancha, Spain (Sheep)
La Serena, Extremadura, Spain (Sheep)
Roxanne, Champaign, IL (Raw sheep)
La Peral, Asturias, Spain (Sheep, cow)
Little Darling, Darlington, WI (Raw Cow)
Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Dodgeville, WI (Raw Cow)
Hook’s Cheddar, Mineral Point, WI (Cow)
Garroxta, Catalonia, Spain (Goat)
Mount St. Francis, Greenville, IN (Goat)

Selection of 3 - 9
Selection of 5 - 15


Serrano 10
Iberico 25
La Quercia 12
Selection of 3 - 18


Anchovies, garlic chips, celery leaves 9
Hiramasa crudo, orange, parsley, salmorejo 12
Bacalao, roasted garlic, toast 9
Garlic shrimp, lemon, chiles 15
Mackerel escabeche 12
Marinated sardines, grapefruit, pine nuts 9
Grilled octopus, pimenton, extra virgin olive oil 10
Black Cod, clams, butifarra, saffron broth 22

Bread & Butter

Warm bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Duck crackling
Sea urchin


Marinated olives, thyme, garlic, lemon 4
Potato chips, sea salt 4
Garbanzo bean and goat cheese toast 4
Papas bravas, garlic aioli, brava sauce 8
Roasted turnips, esplette pepper 6
Roasted mushrooms, marjarom 12
Squash puree, marcona almonds 7
Brussel sprouts, crispy ham, black truffle 10


Chicken liver and caramelized onion toast 3
Ham and cheese croquettes 5
Lamb albondigas, romesco 7
Beef tripe, morcilla, garbanzos 12
Fideos, chicken, poached egg 10
Suckling pig confit, spicy greens 20
Paella, rabbit, duck chorizo 32
48 oz. ribeye, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt 45


Goat caramel flan, pistachio brittle 6
Pear and fig tart, marcona almonds 7
Chocolate, banana empanada, olive oil ice cream 8

Coffee, Tea, Etc.

French Press Coffee 12 0z. 5
Loose leaf tea 12 oz. 4
Cappuccino 4
Espresso 2.5

Vera, 1023 W. Lake Street, 312-243-9770

What to Eat at Vera, Opening Today