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A Breath of Fresh Air in Dundee

Zephyr Lily Cafe

4bZephyrLilyInterior-LGOne of Dundee’s newest restaurants, Zephyr Lily Cafe, offers fine dining at affordable prices, says owner and Executive Chef G. K. Gammon. On any given day, you’ll find 14 menu items under $14, many costing less than that. Zephyr Lily brings seasonal, fresh taste to the area by making the majority of food in-house, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. This includes their housemade pastas, sauces, sausage and more.

No matter the diet or restrictions, Zephyr Lily Cafe has something for everyone. While the menu rotates every few weeks due to the seasonal nature of local foods, it always has entrées designed to meet the needs of vegetarians, vegans and those seeking gluten- and lactose-free meals. Zephyr Lily is also a shellfish- and nut-free environment.

Growing up in Oregon and attending culinary school in Napa, California, inspired G. K. to run a green restaurant, serving local and organic food. Previously working as the Executive Chef at España, G. K. jumped at the opportunity to operate his own restaurant when the space opened.

The first thing that G. K. did when moving into the space? “Threw all the fryers, microwaves and can openers away,” he said. Most of Zephyr Lily’s ingredients come from local Nebraska and Iowa vendors. Because he’s still trying to secure enough vendors to supply the restaurant, G. K. frequents Omaha’s many farmers markets. With no fries on the side, “we go through a lot of spring greens. All of our entrées and sandwiches come with a nice salad and house vinaigrette,” G. K. said.

Zephyr Lily Cafe’s commitment to the local community extends beyond food. The restaurant showcases artwork by local artists and features live, local musicians every Friday night.

Enjoy a local dining experience at 4950 Dodge Street for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Private events are held Saturday evenings. Hours are from 11am–9pm.
Find them online ZephyrLilyCafe.com and on Facebook.

—By Emily Brocker

—Photo courtesy of  Zephyr Lily Cafe