Zest Kitchen & Bar serves organic and seasonal vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine in a lively ambiance. With a combination of delectable raw dishes, decadent desserts and a killer craft-cocktail menu, owner and chef Casey Staker makes a plant-based diet seem not only within reach, but delicious.
The focus of Zest’s menu is on local and seasonal produce. The food is farm-to-table, and it’s spectacular. Brussels sprouts come to life with slivered almonds and a creamy, savory almond sauce. The stuffed mushrooms are addictive—filled with cashew nut cheese and baked. With a toothsome combination of fresh flavors and textures, raw dishes like manicotti (yes, manicotti!) are as filling and comforting as a home-cooked meal.
Even the drink menu is special. The Jalapeño Margarita is as delicious as it is innovative, with its spicy, tart flavor. There’s a tantalizing selection of cocktails, organic wines, local beers and gluten-free beer and cider at Zest.
And, the dessert menu is awe-inspiring. Chocolate cake made with beets has a moist texture and deep flavor. Topped with a chocolate cream (made with avocado!) this unique dessert will knock your socks off.
During brunch, on Fridays and Saturdays, be sure to try the savory chickpea pancakes served with avocado, pico de gallo and cashew sour cream. Mimosas made the Zest way, with fresh fruit juice, are only $5.
On weekend nights, the cool, contemporary ambiance of Zest Kitchen & Bar turns into a full-on nightclub with live DJs. The slogan on its website sums up the Zest experience: Drink. Dine. Dance. Zest. ❖
275 S. 200 West, SLC
Photos by Niki Chan