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“Nothing fancy, but a pretty good little deli”
Review of Zzest Cafe & Bar - CLOSED

Zzest Cafe & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$29
Cuisines: American
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Description: Discover with ZZest our amazing menu . From a huge cheese and charcuterie section to local grass fed burgers, foie gras meatballs (and yes MN has foie gras!) to a Chef's tasting menu. Our goal is to use local and small produced ingredients and bring Rochester the new trends in the culinary world. We have our own market located downtown where we stock our shelves with the best and hard to find ingredients. This gives our chefs an awesome pantry to work from. We offer a full service cafe serving lunch which is great, and dinners that are 5 star amazing! Basically our goal at ZZest is out to make Rochester just as cool as the Twin Cities!
Reviewed 12 November 2013

My wife and I were in town for a Mayo visit, and were in a hurry to get home the final morning. We decided to grab something to eat in the car while we were driving, and ZZest was right outside our hotel. We grabbed some typical deli stuff to go (a roast beef sandwich, a corned beef sandwich, some potato salad, and a bag of chips. Nothing fancy by any means, but it made for a great lunch on the roads. Would highly recommend this place if you are in the mood for a quick lunch.

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Thank Jeff0155
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Two of us ate here in mid-October. The menu is printed just before opening
each day at this deli / eat-in establishment. On this day the main choices included ham panini, grass fed beef burger, philly style pork sandwich,
lamb pot pie, mac & cheese, beef stew, mussels, chicken chowder, roasted
vegetable salad and braised beef pasta.

We had a brunch of lamb pot pie: (ground lamb in apple cider gravy, broccoli,carrot etc in crock with a brown crust similar to that usually seen on onion soup but bread based, and greens on the plate) and braised beef pasta (without the beef): (gluten free fettucini, tomato, broccoli, mushroom, truffle butter, goat cheese). Both were served with grilled garlic bread.

The service was leisurely: we were early but we were not in a hurry and staff was busy doing prep work for the day. There are not many tables.

Most of the deli real estate was held an impressive array of specialty foods literally from cheeses to nuts, lots of unique jellies, oils (e.g. white and black truffle oil), woodcraft (e.g. pig cutting board) and unique other cooking paraphernalia, both food and utensils.

We definitely would return for the deli variety of goods. The food while, unique in textures and flavors, would be a less attractive draw for frequent repeats.

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Thank Foodie31swife
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Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

Good food, good menu, and really nice staff. I enjoy the cheeses and other charcuterie. Neat market area as well. This is a really good place for lunch or a laid back dinner.

Thank Gallopingghost_77
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

My foodie wife says if we lived in Rochester we would be leaving some money here. It's a gourmet market and fine restaurant. Our fig and blue cheese salad with prosciutto was superb as was the trio of homemade ice creams. We stopped for a snack and want to come back.

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 19th anniversary at Zzest last night. We sat on the patio. Unlike so many patios, they have screened off the parking lot view. This focuses the senses on the view of the Zumbro river running behind the property. The selections are limited as seems to be the case at most of the finer restaurants I've been to. The menus change frequently depending on the season and what is available. We had an appetizer based on heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, cheese, black truffle oil and spices. It was simple and completely delicious. I had scallops, and the wife had pork loin with roasted peaches. We shared our entrees and delighted with them both.
They have a variety of seating options with typical indoor seating and outdoors they have large and small tables, high top tables, wicker seating arrangements including a rather secluded love seat that is just off the patio.

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Thank Michael S
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