Fodor's Expert Review Vera

$$ West Loop Spanish

Coffee bar by day, Spanish wine bar by night, this café run by husband-and-wife team Mark and Elizabeth Mendez is bound to have the fix you need. Swing by on weekdays to sip on brews from local coffee roasters. Roll in during the evening to take in Elizabeth's progressive wine list, including a flowing tap system that pours three rotating varietals to complement Mark's Latin-inspired cuisine. Naturally, a wine bar demands charcuterie and cheese, but Vera's personality truly shines in small plates like lamb and beef albondigas (meatballs) with whipped ricotta and the salt cod croquettes. Vegetarians will also feel at home with thoughtful dishes like roasted mushrooms with a thyme-and-garlic jus.

Spanish Romantic Trendy Intimate Lunch Dinner Coffee $$

Quick Facts

1023 W. Lake St.
Chicago, Illinois  60607, USA

312-243–9770

www.verachicago.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch weekends

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