Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Roadtrip Review: Zest! Exciting Food Creations

Today’s choice off the Breakfast Menu was Zest! Exciting Food Creations.

The wife and I traveled to Indianapolis this weekend to meet some new friends and to Brunch with vigor. Our new friend Cloris lined up Zest as the place to be and we were not disappointed. The place had excellent service, amazing food and a delightful atmosphere that made for a top notch experience. 


According to the website

Zest! Exciting Food Creations is the invention of Executive Chef/Partner Valerie Vanderpool. Valerie has a passion for the artistry of creating and serving food that is intensely flavored, fun, and full of delightful surprises for everyone who enjoys one of the best things in life…extraordinary Downhome Goes Uptown food served with hand-selected wines and specialty beers and enthusiastically enjoyed with wonderful friends! 

The restaurant  lives up to this standard with an open concept and trendy additions like customer art on the walls. Each table has crayons with the center piece which I assume is so you can draw something interesting on the butcher paper that covers each table, that is what I ended up doing.

The Food:

The food was eclectic. There is one thing I have discovered about brunch restaurants in Indianapolis that I have to discuss for a minute. I previously reviewed three sisters and I lauded how delicious their omelets were. Zest's Rustic omelet was made with bell pepper, tomato, artichoke hearts, feta, and was of a similar consistency. Apparently 3 sisters and Zest! make their omelets as scrambles and not the traditional french fold over omelets that you find at most restaurants. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this method of making omelets. The different ingredients were cooked into the egg at just the right mix. the omelet was spiced well and full of flavor. I really enjoyed it. I was wondering if that was a regional thing because no places in Cincinnati do it, the trendier places make frittatas and other places have omelets that are more like a mini casserole but this is two Indianapolis restaurants that take a similar approach and I had to assume it was not a coincidence. Either way I highly recommend that they continue the trend because it is marvelous. 

the fruit cup was worth mentioning as well, labeled the "beautiful fruit" side dish it was made of mainly pineapple, grapes and strawberry. This was way different than most places who would be better calling their "fruit" cups melon cups for all the honey dew and cantaloupe they serve. 

Our table shared the Creme brulee French toast, which I have to say was a slight mistake. I should have gotten a full plate because I was too busy being polite with a dish that was heavenly and I didnt want to share. It was smooth and creamy in a way that is unusual for french toast. Although it was glazed and dripped with maple syrup it just sweet enough and the custard flavor in the bread caused it to melt in your mouth. It was truly fantastic and I want to try to make it at home or at least eat there again one day.

Another point of interest was the Wild Hibiscus Mimosa's. This was a mimosa with champagne and cranberry juice in a glass with a wild flower in the bottom of the glass. It was pretty and they even have a non alcoholic one that they call the "kiddy version." My wife was a little embarrassed to have to order the "kiddie" drink out loud but she said she enjoyed it, (although she would have enjoyed it more with booze.) Either way it was a delicious treat and I encourage you to stop by and try it.
Overall Experience:
Service:                       5
Ambiance:                   5
Menu:                          5
Food taste/Quality:      4

I give the whole experience 5 out of 5 broken eggs:
The food was A-mazing and the service was excellent. The decor was interesting and unique. The restaurant went to lengths to serve our table and we really enjoyed the great food and good company. I highly recommend Zest! if you are in Indianapolis and in need of something delicious off the breakfast menu!

For more about Zest!

ZEST! Exciting Food Creations.

1134 East 54th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: 317-466-1853 

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday:              8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday:                      CLOSED

Website: http://www.zestexcitingfood.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zest-Exciting-Food-Creations/38874397962

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