Hi y’all! I am excited to be back today with restaurant review for you.
If you have dietary restrictions or lead a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle it can be difficult to find easy, accessible meal options.
Zoe’s Kitchen is built upon the idea of a balanced lifestyle that includes healthy eating and time with family and friends.
I have had the pleasure of eating at Zoe’s before, but this weekend I took my vegan, gluten-free friend Paige to try the restaurant for the first time.
We arrived at the restaurant around 3 p.m. on a Monday, so we almost had the restaurant to ourselves.
Paige is a gluten-free vegan which makes eating out difficult but luckily Zoe’s keeps an easy to read Allergen Menu near the register. Here is a link to the online menu.
When I went to SMU, I was a Zoe’s addict and ate the Greek Salad and the Chicken Kabobs more often than I would like to admit. I decided to try something different and ordered the tomato bisque and chicken roll ups.
The bisque was SO delicious you have to try it! A cup only contains 160 calories and helps add another serving of veggies to your diet.
The soup was really filling, but when the Chicken Kabobs arrived they looked almost too good to be true. The grilled peppers and onions gave the chicken such a great flavor, and the meat was very tender. I only ate one, but still took in 24 g of protein. Delicious!
Paige’s diet is very restricted and very few restaurants offer dishes that suit her needs. “Packing my own snacks for meals out with friends gets old really quickly,” said Paige. “Finding dishes that work for me and are tasty is rare.”
“I was hoping a place like Zoe’s would have a greater range of options, I eat grilled chicken almost everyday,” said Paige.
She thought that the chicken breast was under seasoned and rubbery. The white pinto beans were cold and too salty. The vegetables were overcooked and soggy.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and found that Zoe’s has a lot of yummy, quick options. However, for a restaurant that claims to be centered on the customer and healthy eating, they offer very few options for those who suffer from food allergies.
Overall grade: B
I have been baking up a storm this week and will have some yummy gluten free goods for you next time!