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Green Zebra and Sangria - report

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Green Zebra and Sangria - report

AK | Aug 30, 2005 10:33 AM

On a recent bachelorette weekend visit to Chicago, I visited Green Zebra and Sangria.

Green Zebra was with a small group and proved to be a fun destination. We enjoyed the "bees knees" cocktail with gin, honey and lavender as we perused the menu. Overall, we had 10-12 dishes which was a good amount of food but not enough to make us feel overly full. The starters were the least exciting of the bunch - the avocado panna cotta wasn't so flavorful and seemed a little grainy, the soba noodles had nice flavor, and the tomato soup was find. Our favorites out of the subsequent dishes included the artichoke cassoulet (with a great buttery sauce - we wouldn't let this be cleared until we'd mopped it all up wtih bread), carrots with black truffles, bleu cheese cake, grilled wild mushrooms over polenta, and the chanterlle gallette with sweet corn. For dessert we had the blueberry upside down cake (lemony and good) and the fig tart with ginger ice cream - both hit the spot. I'd be happy to return here, but I'd forgo the first course for more of the more flavorful main dishes.

Sangria was our larger group (10) destination, as recommended a few months ago on this board. They were well equipped to handle a group and it was a festive atmosphere. Food was fine, though nothing terribly exciting. The biggest annoyance was that they delivered everything (all 15-20 or however many dishes we orderd) at the same time! Maybe we should have specified, but I would have expected any decent tapas restaurant to space things out. It was a pain to have to make room for all those plates on the table and keep being interrupted by constant passing of dishes. In the end, this place was a good option given the size of our group and proximity to cheesy going out spots, but I wouldn't feel compelled to return.

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