When you arrive to Zest, you'll notice the beautiful patio for outdoor dining and when you walk in for the first time, you'll probably be a little surprised at the size of the restaurant with a rather large bar for said size. Zest is more of almost a boutique or cafe style restaurant instead of a much larger traditional size restaurant. My wife and I felt that some of the smaller tables were a little crammed in, but that again comes down to the size. My recommendation... write a letter to their neighbor asking them nicely to leave so they can expand their restaurant, because we really don't need a nail salon at every corner like it's a gas station.
Lets talk about the food now! My wife went with the Parmesan Crusted Sirloin with Yukon Herb Mashed and Grilled Veggies. I'm not a big veggie eater when carrots, peas, green beans or corn are involved, but the mashed taters and the sirloin were really good. Steak was nice and tender, full of juices and flavors while the taters were nice and creamy and full of flavor as well.
I decided to go with the Zest Mac & Cheese. Yes my friends, another place to get made from scratch mac and I for one think more places should offer a variation of mac at all times. It all starts with; Cavatappi noodles, a three-cheese blend then topped with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Sounds tasty already, but you can add to your mac even more by adding one of the following (for an extra cost); crab (NOT imitation), shrimp, scallops, chicken, short ribs, bacon, carmelized onions or portabella mushrooms. I of course went with the crab and it was very creamy and cheesy as well. I enjoyed every bite, but I would suggest a few things be added that I guarantee would make it an even better mac and that would be, add a little salt & pepper, maybe a little garlic and I took some of my wife's red peppers from her veggies that were full of all of those flavors making my mac awesome!
Another great thing about Zest is their craft beer selection on tap at all times. Sorry, if you want a Mich. Golden, you'll have to settle for a bottle and I'm OK with that. As a craft beer connoisseur, I enjoy seeing more restaurants offering craft beers from all over the U.S. because there are a lot of great breweries making some really good beers.
My wife and I are looking forward to heading back to Zest to try some other menu options that caught our attention and if you've been to Zest and tried something else on the menu that we of course haven't, feel free to comment about what you think we should be trying during our next visit. If you haven't been to Zest, "What do I have to say to you" besides what I and Snow Patrol have shared with you to get you to go to Zest? "For god sake..." Stop by Zest already! :)
525 Diffley Rd.
Eagan, MN 55123