On an early afternoon scamper from Buckhead back to the Westside, I found myself looking for sustenance. As I was heading right past the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, I decided to swing by Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual franchise with a focus on health conscious and sustainable grub. I wasn’t looking for something quick, cost effective, and relatively tasty. At the end of the day, that’s basically what I got.
The decor reads straight out of a manual. The tables are clean, the chairs are “futuristic,” and there’s a lot of orange going around. The menu looks like it’s a sandwichized version of Moe’s (both in form and factor). Though I haven’t double checked this, they are supposedly gluten friendly, so that should make at least one blogger very happy. Thankfully, nobody yelled “Welcome to Zoës when I entered!
As I wasn’t terribly hungry, and I was hopping to spend under $5, I went with a small container of chicken salad. Alas, the bill was closer to $6 … so that was a bit frustrating. Anywho, upon opening the container, I found a straightforward sampling of shredded/minced chicken salad. It’s the type they use on the chicken salad sandwiches at The V.
I kinda enjoy this alternative to the chunky salads that seem to permeate our restaurants. However, at more than $4 for a simple container of it, I wasn’t in love with the price. Meanwhile, the spice mix was your basic mayo, salt, and pepper. They said they use “spices” on the bottom label, but i didn’t get anything special. I would have liked a little more salt and pepper … and something to help with the texture. In the absence of bread, some more celery would have helped make it a bit more substantial. Still, it was pretty fresh and not too sweet, so it would definitely work for me if push came to shove.
In the scope of fast casual, Zoës seems likely to fit right in. Further exploration is a must before any semblance of a true commentary can come out.