Italian-American in Coppell: Zenzero

Christina Deal, Staff Writer

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Zenzero offers a loaded version of the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit with seasoned potatoes on the side. Photo by Elizabeth Kerin.

My good friends know that I have a slight obsession with coffee, an obsession that influenced this week’s restaurant pick when Zenzero Kitchen showed up in my search for new cafés to try in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

We went in the morning to enjoy the coffee and breakfast menu, which they serve until 3 p.m. on weekends.

On the way there, I got slightly lost since the directions on Google Maps has both the Zenzero Bakery and Café and Zenzero Kitchen as destination options. The former may have served as a catering address before the owner started the actual restaurant.

The restaurant’s owner, Ginger Lindsey Blazek, named the café in reference to her Italian heritage, as zenzero means ginger in Italian.

Zenzero proudly uses Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for their espresso and drip beans.

Typically when I try a new coffee place, I order a latte without sugar or syrup in order to compare the quality to other coffee shops.

The latte was beautifully crafted with fern latte art. It was not too milky but had a great combination of espresso and milk with a layer of foam on top. However, I prefer a slightly bolder blend of roast than the espresso which the café used.

This café could definitely serve as a study spot farther away than the usual University of Dallas hangouts since it is about 20 minutes north of Irving.

I ordered the loaded version of the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. The menu item intrigued me because, like many other UD students, I am a fan of the fast-food joint Whataburger’s Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

The two variations on this menu item do not compare, to say the least. Zenzero’s biscuit comes with potatoes seasoned with their version of Morton’s Season-All. The loaded version includes a fried egg and bacon with the honeyed chicken on a tasty biscuit.

The space is long and narrow giving the restaurant a slightly cramped feel. We sat outside as the inside seating was relatively full. After we ordered, our food arrived quite quickly.

The Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit was slightly intimidating to eat since the egg made it messy and thick. However, I managed to get all the flavors in one bite with a fork. The fried chicken was very tender and the honey was decadent. I was worried about what seemed to be a rich dish, but their take on this classic Texan dish was not overly heavy.

My wonderful companion on these excursions, Elizabeth Kerin, sampled the biscotti, which she greatly enjoyed. The sweets and pastry, their specialty, all looked wonderful.

Zenzero Kitchen would be the perfect escape for a lunch, coffee date or even a dessert after dinner on a Friday, when they are open slightly later.

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-6p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 7a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Address: 171 N. Denton Tap Road Suite 600 Coppell, TX 75019

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