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What I Ate: October 5, 2009 (Zoe's Kitchen)

Posted 5 October, 2009 at 10:00pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: Tina and I went to a press and blogger invite lunch to taste the food of the soon to be opened Zoë's Kitchen or Zoës Kitchen (their website and promo materials seem to alternate between the two - doing a look up on the USPTO website for the trademark lists both Zoë's Kitchen and Zoës Kitchen as trademarks AND company names). Zoë's Kitchen is a chain of twenty or so "fast food" restaurants which specialize in what I would describe as fresh, "healthful" Mediterranean-inspired fare. It started in Birmingham, Alabama, and Austin's first location will open on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 in the Arboretum (10000 Research Boulevard, Austin, TX - (512) 372-9080) in the same lot as the Renaissance Hotel.

Zoe’s Kitchen
Lots of people in the kitchen today for training - actually, there were lots of employees in the restaurant in general

We tried the steak roll-up with rice pilaf, chicken roll-up with grilled vegetables, and the hummus salad plate (Hummus with pita chips and a Greek salad). The roll-ups where light and tasty while hot. Once cold, they aren't as crispy and the cheese isn't as pleasant, so eat them immediately and don't sit around chatting like we did. The rice pilaf looked a little bland when I got it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful it was. Unfortunately, the batch that I got was also a little over-salted, but after chatting with Hasoum, the owner and operating partner of the Austin Zoë's Kitchen, he acknowledged a little overzealous salting may have occurred and that should not be a problem in the future. The grilled vegetables were excellent - they tasted fresh, were nicely browned on the grill imparting a nice flavor, and cooked just enough to soften but still hold a little crunch. The hummus was decent as was the Greek salad when enough of the salad dressing (found on every table) was applied.

Zoe’s Kitchen - Steak Roll-Ups with Fruit Cup
Steak Roll-Ups (sliced tri-tip, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, salsa) with a side of Seasonal Fresh Fruit, $7.65

As an alternative to the typical burger or fried chicken fast food, Zoë's Kitchen is definitely something to keep in mind if you're in Northwest Austin. If you do happen to live in Austin, I've got a few coupons to try a free sandwich or entree at Zoë's Kitchen - just leave a comment (make sure you either register or leave me your email so I can contact you) saying you want a coupon.

Zoe’s Kitchen - Hummus Salad Plate
Hummus Salad Plate (with greek salad, cucumber raita, olives), $6.95

Zoe’s Kitchen - Grilled Chicken Dinner
Grilled Chicken Dinner, $8.95

Zoe’s Kitchen - Side Greek Salad
Side Greek Salad, $3.24

Zoe’s Kitchen - Veggie Pita Pizza
Veggie Pita Pizza (roasted vegetables, mozzarella, feta, fresh basil, caramelized onions, marinara, side greek salad), $7.95

Zoe’s Kitchen - Greek Chicken Pita with Pasta Salad
Greek Chicken Pita (lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, feta) with a side of Pasta Salad with Fresh Basil, $6.99

Zoe’s Kitchen - Chicken Kabobs
Chicken Kabobs (two charbroiled kabobs, grilled peppers & onions, tomato, rice pilaf, side greek salad), $8.95

Zoe’s Kitchen - Steak Stack with Potato Salad
Steak Stack (sliced steak, grilled portabello, mozzarella, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, focaccia) with a side of Potato Salad

Zoe’s Kitchen - Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman takes a picture of sample food
Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman takes a picture of Zoë's Kitchen sample food

Dinner: I went over to Tina's parent's place to attempt to fix their computer. While there we ate potstickers, cabbage with green peppers, and tomatoes with egg.
Potstickers, Cabbage with Green Peppers, Tomatoes with Egg

6 comments to What I Ate: October 5, 2009 (Zoe's Kitchen)

Optimista, October 6th, 2009 at 4:13 am:

  • Funny…I've never seen tomatoes with egg (and that's it) outside my own parents' house.

    How was that cabbage + green peppers prepared?

Michael Chu, October 6th, 2009 at 11:58 pm:

  • My parents and Tina's parents both make the egg with tomato dish. I'm not sure how the cabbage and green peppers are cooked - maybe Tina will chime in.

Michael Chu, October 7th, 2009 at 12:00 am:

  • People looking for the coupons - they are actual paper coupons that Zoe's Kitchen gave me. So I need to mail them to you or get them to you some how. That's why you have to leave a comment or email me, otherwise I don't know how to get it to you.

    It's not a downloadable coupon.

Tina Jiang, October 7th, 2009 at 1:19 pm:

  • The cabbage + green peppers is a simple stir fry with a bit of soy sauce. I think some pork strips added to it would make it better :).

Sophia H., October 12th, 2009 at 9:08 pm:

  • I make egg & tomatoes too. But my version tend to be sweeter because our family likes it that way.
    On that hummus dish, that's alot of hummus considering only a few of bread pieces. Now that I stumbled onto your site, I will be sure to check back often.

Eric, August 19th, 2010 at 11:11 am: