Friday, September 6, 2013

Zoes Kitchen Tallahassee grand opening... My review


 
 I often meet for lunch with my bestie, Amy Z. The two of us are also involved with a localitarian meet up group, that meets once a month to try new restaurants. So naturally, when I found out that today was the grand opening for  Zoes Kitchen in Tallahassee, we made it a point to meet up and try it. The restaurant is located in the Whole Foods Shopping Center off Thomasville Road, across from Red Elephant, JoAnn Fabric, etc. The restaurant is nestled in, by the road, but currently does not have a sign facing the road, so just look for the Whole Foods, and Alumni Hall signage.

 
Overall the restaurant has a great set up. Tons of natural light. Plenty of booth or table options, and an adorable outdoor patio area, complete with a pergola, and tables and umbrellas. I can see myself meeting for lunch on the patio this fall. (just a tad bit too hot now to enjoy) (mental note: Inquire if we can bring Georgia and sit outside)
We arrived at 11am, just as they opened. They are open 11am - 9pm and were greeted by a friendly staff, offered samples of the hummus and pitas (very good, made fresh on site), Chocolate cake (very rich, and lots of frosting. Something C would LOVE, but you know I am not a big sweet girl) and Chicken Salad (also good). We took a few minutes to review the menu (silly us didn't look it up prior online) The service in the que was quick and seamless, and the staff was helpful with recommendations, answering of our questions.

Amy opted for the GREEK CHICKEN PITA - lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, feta. She substituted the fruit for a size of roasted vegetables. She noted the pita was great, and the portion size was just right. She ate half, and took the other half to go. They have soda, beer, wine, tea and water. The sodas are free refills.
 I had the TABOULI SALAD - orzo "tabouli", baby spinach, mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, lemon vinaigrette with chicken and a side of Tomato Bisque soup. The salad was great! I would recommend it. I loved the light dressing, and addition of onions! It was a great size (truly I could only eat half and took the remainder home for dinner). The soup was a great consistency, and even a little sweet. I would recommend it, but would opt for no cheese next time. 

You can view the entire menu here. I was also excited to see that they also offered catering, and a gluten free menu (always thinking about the chapter I advise, and my bestie, Joy who is gluten intolerant. I also opt'd to place a to go order to bring to a friend, who is home sick. I ordered her the HUMMUS SALAD PLATEwith greek salad, cucumber raita, and chilled vegetables. They were quick with the to go order, and it was nicely packaged, and provided her with a sides of dressing, etc. 
Overall  Amy and I were had a pleasant experience. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the restaurant was clean and the food was good. I will be back!

Want to know more about Zoes Kitchen??? Visit them on facebook or twitter. They were founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant that was born in the Mediterranean and raised in the South. It prepares made-from-scratch Mediterranean food designed to help you celebrate life with family and friends through providing authentic, better-for-you recipes that are hand-prepared daily with wholesome, close-to-the-garden ingredients and served with a side of Southern hospitality. Zoës Kitchen is dedicated to delivering delicious, fresh and convenient in-store and takeout meal solutions that allow families to get out of the kitchen and enjoy more time together. All Zoës Kitchen recipes are made using good, honest ingredients, as well as fresh, never frozen poultry. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available. Zoës Kitchen has 91 locations in 15 states across the U.S.

I was invited to stop by the restaurant on opening day to experience Zoës and enjoy a meal on them, in exchange for sharing information about the restaurant with my readers. This did not alter or influence my review.

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