Brunches That Rock: Green Zebra

Who doesn't love a good brunch? You get to roll out of bed late, kill two meals at once and there's often alcohol involved. The only problem with going out for brunch is that it's easy to get into a rut, frequenting the same places because they're close to your place or you're too groggy at the crack of noon to come up with somewhere else. We're here to help with an ongoing series we'll call "Brunches That Rock." Bookmark these pages (or commit them to memory) so the next time someone asks "where do you want to go for brunch?" you'll actually have an answer.

Our first installment features Green Zebra, a veggie-friendly, chef-driven neighborhood destination in West Town. Perhaps you've been pleasantly surprised with a flavorful, satisfying dinner at Green Zebra (chef/co-owner Shawn McClain knows his way around a vegetable), and the restaurant's new brunch menu is equally inspired.

Serving brunch every Sunday from 10:30AM to 2PM, Green Zebra's comfortable charm is enlivened by families, groups of friends and couples who settle in for a weekly late-morning feast. The menu embraces both sweet and savory items, including a delightfully decadent baked cheese fondue with Granny Smith apples and chunks of sourdough bread ($9), caramelized banana crepes with ricotta cheese and Wisconsin honey ($11), and Anson Mills grits with Southern greens, smoked mushrooms and poached eggs ($10). Fortify your meal with mimosas or other morning-appropriate cocktails or one of Green Zebra's signature "mocktails," featuring several freshly squeezed juices.

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