You really can judge an eatery by its posters. Elvis and Marilyn—typical. The place is trying a little too hard for a nostalgic look, a little too hard on clever menu names, and not hard enough on cooking good food. But what happens when you throw in a Beatles and a Who poster? British Invasion memorabilia shows the owner isn’t afraid to take a little risk and is a cut above when it comes to food. That’s the case with Z’s Cafe. Despite the newness of the place (it’s only been open since March 2012) there are regulars who are proud they found this place first. The food at Z’s is worth telling friends about, but the smug looks tell me they want to keep it their own private secret for a while. And that’s just the food bloggers. Z’s would like to be known for their double deckers but the other sandwiches are overshadowing them, like the Angus burger, the roast beef, the tangy egg salad (see above), the big fried fish, the chicken cordon bleu (notice that “bleu”). You can’t go wrong with fried bologna. They also have homemade soups with various types of cornbread (like sweet cakes and jalapeño), serve breakfast all day, and offer meatloaf on the dinner menu everyday, not just as a special. The Saratoga chips aren’t hot, but they are homemade and crunchy. Z’s Café is a place you can expect to be satisfied. So sit a spell and wonder how the photographer got both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend airborne at the same moment on the poster before you attempt to stand up.
8645 Haines Dr.
Originally published in the November 2012 issue.