Zoe’s Kitchen

New Year’s resolutions for healthier eating might have you searching out alternatives to fast food or takeout, and Zoës Kitchen in south Charlotte is just the spot! Tucked in a corner behind J. Jill in the Blakeney shopping center, the eatery greets you with bright orange and green stripes, modern orange chairs and children’s paintings along the walls. With a massive menu of healthy eats, you are sure to find something to please everyone’s palate.

There are huge salads, sandwiches, kabobs and entreés with a decidedly Mediterranean flair. I opted to try the house specialty, chicken kabobs, which were served over a bed of delicious rice pilaf and a side Greek salad. The herbs and spices on the chicken were wonderful. My husband chose the steak roll-ups. The meat was tender, and the roll-ups were hot and crispy on the outside.

Both my sons went with the grilled chicken fingers, and we couldn’t believe our eyes when they were brought to the table. There was easily an entire chicken breast on each plate! Served with your choice of regular or baked potato chips, these kids’ meals pack a healthy punch. Fruit cup is an optional side for a dollar more.

We ate until we were stuffed. All the ingredients were fresh and delicious; we hardly noticed how healthy our choices had been.
My husband took home a tub of tuna salad, one of many side items and tubs available for takeout, such as chicken salad, pimento cheese and their own potato salad, which is made without mayo.

Zoës Kitchen also features dinners for four, which can be ordered ahead and picked up on your way home from work. If all that healthy eating finds you craving a little bit of sweetness, Zoës offers homemade chocolate cake and massive cookies.

The Chow Down
Zoës Kitchen, 9848 Rea Road, Charlotte; also at 1055 Metropolitan Ave. in midtown

Dollar Deal: $7-$10
Décor/Atmosphere: Bright, casual and fun Kids’ Menu: $3-$4 for 12 and younger; cheese quesadilla, grilled chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwich, chicken salad sandwich and PB&J.
Amenities: High chairs and boosters; baby changing station in restroom Got Milk/Juice: Yes
Nonsmoking: Yes
Phone: 704-544-2124 Web site: www.zoeskitchen.com