What’s Cooking at Zoës Kitchen: New Flavors, Menu Items to Try
Feb 25, 2016 08:56AM
● By Audrey Sellers
If you’re already a fan of Zoës Kitchen, there’s now more to love. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant recently rolled out four new menu items: Mediterranean Baked Feta, Live Med Salad, Rosemary Ham and Mozzarella Piadina, and the Spinach and Mushroom Piadina.
Danette Resendez, General Manager for Zoës Kitchen in Southlake, says it’s the restaurant’s first new menu rollout in two years.
“I’m excited about the new items. They’re all a little different,” she says. “We’re known for our chicken kabobs, but these new menu items are keeping up with the times.”
Like everything on the menu at Zoës, the four new offerings are fresh and true to their Mediterranean background. “We’re always about simple, tasty and fresh,” Resendez says. “Everything is made from scratch, and we use the freshest ingredients possible.”
One of those ingredients—the lupini bean—is something you’ll only find at Zoës Kitchen. This mild-tasting legume hails from the southern Mediterranean basin and packs a powerful punch of health benefits. Just one cup of lupini beans contains 26 grams of protein, which is about half the recommended daily amount.
The lupini bean also happens to be a favorite in Italy. “In Chicago, you’d see people selling hot dogs from carts,” Resendez says. “It’s the same scenario in Italy. You’d see carts and paper cups filled with lupini beans. People eat them as a snack.”
No need to jet to Rome or Florence to get a taste of this nutty legume. It’s a main ingredient in the restaurant’s Live Med Salad. Southlake Style had a chance to try the new menu items, and we heartily agree that Zoës Kitchen is living up to its promise. Everything we sampled was indeed simple, tasty and fresh. Here’s our take on each of the restaurant’s new offerings:
Mediterranean Baked Feta, $7.39
When it comes to healthy starters, this is a win. Grab a crunchy pita chip and dunk it into warm, French feta that’s topped with cherry tomatoes, olives, extra virgin olive oil, basil and calabrian peppers. It’s full of flavor and it certainly whetted our appetites for the main course.
Rosemary Ham and Mozzarella Piadina, $8.39
If you’ve never tried a piadina, it’s a thin Italian flatbread—sort of like the Italian version of a quesadilla. This piadina is melty and flavorful with grilled ham and fresh mozzarella. Calabrian pepper aioli and lemon vinaigrette give it the right amount of zing. We paired it with a side of fresh fruit for a healthy, satisfying lunch.
Spinach and Mushroom Piadina, $8.19
This was our favorite of Zoës Kitchen’s new menu items. It’s a simple combination of grilled fresh spinach and mozzarella sandwiched with a feta parsley spread and parmesan. We opted to enjoy it with a cup of braised white beans. Fresh rosemary really shined in the beans. It was a flavorful cup of comfort on a chilly day.
Live Med Salad, $7.89
If you want to get a taste of those lupini beans we mentioned, this is the salad for you. This isn’t a lightweight bed of lettuce—it’s loaded with the lupini beans and lots of good stuff such as zucchini, squash, spinach, farro and cherry tomatoes.
We’ve always enjoyed Zoës Kitchen for a fresh, healthy meal. A Southlake Style team member loves the food so much that she visits almost daily for lunch. Whether you’re into salads, sandwiches or a more robust entrée, Zoës has plenty of tasty options with Mediterranean flair. And with four new menu items, there’s just that much more to love.