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Foodie Friday: Fresh-made meals and baked goods at Zenzero in Coppell

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foodie 6-12-15I don’t know about some of you, but I’ve been having some serious Dolce withdrawals over the last couple of weeks, so our team was bound and determined to find another local spot that offered fresh-made, delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner options as well as scrumptious baked goods.

And the answer to our prayers was Zenzero Bakery & Cafe off of Denton Tap Rd in Coppell! Created by Ginger Blazek, who Zenzero is also named for (‘zenzero” is Italian for ginger), Zenzero is a perfect manifestation of Ginger’s passions and upbringing.

Her dedication to cooking and baking started at a very early age and continued through her adulthood. Even when working in the corporate world, Ginger was always baking and cooking for friends and family members. And when she realized that she was spending more time in the kitchen than in the office, she realized it might be time for a change in careers. So, she enrolled at The Culinary School of Fort Worth and received a degree in Pastry Arts and then decided to open up her own bakery in Coppell.

foodie 6-12-15 3Ginger is committed to proving to people that Zenzero is more than just a bakery and the evidence is found in their made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads and specialty coffee composed of locally sourced ingredients.

And from the moment you enter Zenzero, you feel like you’ve become part of the family with the incredibly friendly and welcoming staff and the warm environment. There’s a lot of love in this place and in their food.

Now, we may have gone for breakfast, but that certainly didn’t stop us from trying out some of their most popular pastries to begin the meal with! When you go try out Zenzero, some of their pastries might even look and sound familiar as Trio Craft & Coffee here in Flower Mound serves them in their store.

My personal favorite was the Gooey Buttercake, which is an old St. Louis favorite made of butter (of course), cream cheese and yellow cake. It is so gooey and buttery and delicious – I think I already need to head back for more.

We also tried one of Ginger’s Hand Pies and their Bread Pudding. The Hand Pie (which was kind of like an adult Pop Tart) was filled with a Strawberry-Jalapeno jam (from the Grapevine Farmer’s Market) and topped with a deliciously sweet frosting and sprinkles. The pastry was perfectly flaky and the jam left a subtle burn on the tongue from the jalapeno. And the Bread Pudding had great flavor and the blueberries inside it were perfectly fresh and added a great acidity to the sweetness of the pudding.foodie 6-12-15 1

And that was all even before our actual breakfast came out! For our actual breakfasts we ordered a Breakfast Egg Panini topped with peppered bacon, tomato, Havarti cheese and a house-made honey mustard; the Huevos Rancheros topped with sauteed mushrooms, peppers onions and bacon and served with their house-made potatoes; and their Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit with Grandma’s old fashioned fried chicken and a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit.

In addition to their yummy breakfast and pastry items, Zenzero also offers waffles, a wide assortment of lunch/dinner panini options and salads.

Everything was absolutely delicious and filling (but not too filling). And the best part is you can also grab stuff from Zenzero to take home for dinner, dessert etc. or to cater an event.

foodie 6-12-15 2The next time you find yourself in need of a light and fresh breakfast/lunch/dinner or are looking for a delicious pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth, head out to Zenzero Bakery & Cafe in Coppell! You can easily spot Ginger as the one with the bandana running around the restaurant greeting everyone and working especially hard. So, be sure to tell her hello when you go in and let her know that I sent you!

Have a great weekend, Foodies! And just know… I’m always looking for great local restaurants to tell you about, so be sure to send us the name of your favorite spot if we haven’t already featured it!

 

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Jay Marks reviews local restaurants each week.

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