Zoës Kitchen: The fresh future of leftovers
It’s fast. It’s fresh. It’s far from foam. You won’t find a lick of that satanic Styrofoam at Zoës Kitchen in Buckhead. In the restaurant’s quest for greenhood, the first overhaul has been in the packaging. This location is the first in Georgia of the chain which originated in Birmingham, Alabama, and having been open only a few months, my hat is off to Zoës for entirely converting to sustainable takeout packaging.
Zoës is essentially a fast food restaurant, but not in a greasy, sketchy, corner-drive-through sort of way. I mean that one orders at the counter and can expect their meal to be ready in minutes, whether for a dine-in experience or a takeout delight—yes, it’s delightful to walk out feeling guilt-free with recycled Enviroware and Greenware cartons, cups, lids, and all. Plus, in the place of a typical fast food garbage bin, I found three separate recycling receptacles for paper, glass, and the sustainable ‘plastics’. If you’re not driving back to work with your Greenware corn cup in hand, indulge in a beer or wine to add an upscale, Euro-chic flair. I loved the humongous Greek salad with a surprise scoop of potato salad at the bottom of the bowl—the first time. On the second visit I ordered a quesadilla with a side of marinated (mayo-free) coleslaw to-go. The third time, I enjoyed the Greek feta sandwich (yes, it was so good that thrice did I visit the restaurant in about a week).
But I also made an exciting discovery: upon close examination, I determined that the restroom's toilet paper was indeed fashioned from recycled paper! More on this later, but the tissue is an issue, y'all. Bottom line, you just feel good about supporting this affordable, healthy, and convenient trend-setter. Keep it up Zoës,and we hope to see more of your kitchens around Georgia.