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Veg Tasting Menu: Trotter, Green Zebra?

mrsdebdav Jan 13, 2010 06:04 PM

Anyone been to Trotter, Green Zebra or another restaurant featuring veg tasting menu? Looking for input, preference, recs. Thanks!

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    Hatori Hanzo RE: mrsdebdav Jan 14, 2010 04:05 AM

    I recently went to Motto and half of our party were vegetarians. Given by what I tasted I would strongly consider going to Motto.

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      ferret RE: mrsdebdav Jan 14, 2010 05:13 AM

      Trotter's is quite good but forgettable. I enjoyed the experience but not enough to make me want it again.

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        chicgail RE: ferret Jan 14, 2010 05:46 AM

        I thought the same thing about Green Zebra. Nothing wrong with the meal. Perfectly good, but nothing unforgettable.

        I haven't been to Trotters in a few years and I have heard a number of less than thrilled reactions, but at least Totters has the benefit of a fairly grand experience.

        Most of Chicago's top restaurants will create lovely tasting menus to accommodate vegetarian needs. You might consider Bonsoiree. We've had great experiences with them.

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          Chargenda RE: chicgail Jan 14, 2010 06:02 AM

          I did a tasting at Green Zebra a couple years back and I don't remember anything I ate!

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        HoosierFoodie RE: mrsdebdav Jan 16, 2010 08:44 AM

        Haven't been to Trotters in years though, when we did go, my wife always got the veg. menu. Most of the places that offer a tasting menu will do a vegetarian version but to be polite you should tell them you have vegetarians when you make the reservation. That will ensure that they should do their best with the request.

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          chicgail RE: HoosierFoodie Jan 16, 2010 09:11 AM

          Just had dinner with a foodie friend who went back to Trotters recently for the first time in several years. It was his opinion that the food had changed: that it was simpler and brighter (his word). He said that while in the past Trotters had a bit of a complex, French feel, the food was less complex than it had been and that, for him and his wife, the flavors were true and clear. He liked it very much.

          Guess we'll have to give it another try and see what we think.

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            mountsac RE: chicgail Jan 16, 2010 08:32 PM

            My most recent visit was in June of 2009. I agree that the food was lighter than traditional French cuisine. Instead of creamy / buttery sauces, most dishes used foam and/or puree. However, surprisingly, the food felt quite fussy (more so than traditional French) - too much foam jarring the taste and none of the main ingredients shined.

            I have never been to Green Zebra. But having been to Spring, I'd say given the price, Green Zebra might be a better food experience.

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              mrsdebdav RE: chicgail Jan 18, 2010 05:41 AM

              Thanks, chicgail. We decided to reserve at Trotters for Sat night tasting. Very much appreciate everyone's input!

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                chicgail RE: mrsdebdav Jan 18, 2010 05:42 AM

                Please report back, Mrsdebdav. Interested in hearing about your experience.

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                  mrsdebdav RE: chicgail Jan 18, 2010 05:44 AM

                  Certainly - will do.

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