Spinach roll-ups at Zoe's Kitchen

Zoe’s Kitchen opened its third Dallas location at Preston and Royal a few weeks ago. The fast-casual restaurant offers a healthy array of Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh ingredients. As a Greek food fanatic, I knew this might become another one of my favorite spots. From the hummus to the potato salad, everything has that simple, homemade flavor.

The best part – the food is reasonably priced. And a place like this in our neighborhood could easily get away with overcharging. Most entrees are less than $8, and meals for families of four range $25-$30.

I ordered the spinach roll-ups for $7.45 – toasted tortillas filled with mozzarella, fresh mushrooms, feta, sun-dried tomatoes and scallions. It’s served with salsa (yes, plain old pico de gallo salsa), which pairs perfectly with the wraps. One side comes with each meal, and choices include braised white beans, potato salad, pasta salad, rice pilaf, fresh fruit or slaw.

Zoe’s does have a beer and wine list but won’t receive its first batch of booze until later this week.

My only qualm about the restaurant (and I’m probably in the minority here as a single, childless 20-something): at peak hours, the place is like a daycare. Be prepared for lots of crying babies and rowdy toddlers. But it’s no surprise that Zoe’s is popular with young families. Besides the fact that it’s located next to Kidville, Toy Maven and a slew of other kid-oriented shops, it’s just too affordable to pass up.

I, however, will be taking my food to-go next time.

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