Whether you need to eat a fast lunch before heading back to the office or you ran out of time to whip up a healthy dinner for the family, Zoës Kitchen has you covered. The restaurant is a fast-casual concept, meaning you can get in and out pretty quickly after ordering your food. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill greasy fast-food joint. Mediterranean-inspired menu items such as wraps, pitas and Greek salads are all made to order, from scratch. “There are only four things that our kitchen can dump and serve: Kalamata olives, peperoncinis, bread and salsa,” says Tyre Stuckey, vice president of operations at Zoës Kitchen. “We get fresh produce six days a week and fresh poultry five days a week,” Stuckey explains. Having fresh produce is a necessity, especially considering that the restaurant’s small kitchen has no microwave, fryer or freezer. Because nothing is pre-packaged, customers can customize their orders any way they want. For example, you can order chicken cooked in rosemary oil or lemon oil, or if you’re watching your waistline, Stuckey says, “don’t order anything on it and just let the char-grill work its magic.” For customers wanting something heartier than a wrap, the charbroiled salmon kebabs served with zucchini, hummus made in-house, cucumber raita, Greek salad and pita bread is a popular choice, Stuckey says.
6025 Royal, Suite 104
$7-$12 per entrée
11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
The gluten-free menu includes quinoa salad, tossed with tomatoes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, green onion and lemon vinaigrette, topped with feta and served over mixed greens.
Three more spots for quick and healthy bites
1 Snappy Salads
Order a salad made with fresh-cut greens and house-made dressing, and customize with interesting toppings such as artichoke hearts, fruit and sautéed coconut curry chicken.
2 Asian Mint
Steamed veggies, gluten-free options and online takeout ordering make this Asian fusion joint a good option for healthy Thai food on the fly.
11617 N. Central, Suite 135
3 Café Express
Enjoy grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and tasty sides such as sweet potato fries and fresh fruit.
5600 W. Lovers, Suite 109
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