Chez Zee ~ "Foodie" Friday 8/31/18

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

It's Labor Day week-end and may be a perfect time to either try again or try for the first time this Austin iconic restaurant that has been named "One of the year's 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America!" Its soooo Austin! I recently enjoyed a birthday celebration and once again was reminded how much I love this place! When I was dating my Geno we used to meet here for breakfast ♥♥




This whimsical Austin restaurant has been delighting locals since it opened in 1989 thanks to owner Sharon Watkins.  It's warm and welcoming with an original Austin vibe to it. As soon as you arrive, there's an arched walkway with lights that lead to a patio where you are welcome to sit and play board games or take your photo in their roomy colorful chair.  Inside there are strands of white Christmas light year round on display. Their support of local artists is evident with the rotating exhibits of artwork on every wall. There's a red piano right in the middle of the main dining room with live music Thursdays through Sundays.  They have a wide range of American fare with southern regional influences and use many locally sourced ingredients. You'll be able to choose from a wonderful selection of wines to accompany your meal. Chez Zee has combined a Parisian-style bakery with a casual American style bistro offering award-winning dessert selections when you've completed your entreé.


Here's a sampling of their menu...on the Appetizer menu: there's Fried Dill Pickles - a mound of crunchy fried dill pickle slices served with ranch and chipotle ranch...Crabmeat Quesadillas - southwestern seasoned crabmeat with Monterey Jack cheese and roasted red peppers with red raspberry cilantro salsa...and Lucinda's Basil Cheese Torta with basil pesto cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and toasted pine nuts layered with Provolone cheese and served with crostini.  On the Specialties menu there's New Orleans Pecan Chicken - a crunchy pecan breaded chicken breast with wild rice pilaf, sauteed vegetables and a Bourbon pecan sauce...and Lemon Rosemary Trout - a pan seared rainbow trout with rosemary and lemon compound butter served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. From the Grille you can choose Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin grilled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and walnut Gorgonzola cheese with a red wine demi sauce. On the Dessert menu there's Lemon Rosemary Cake - 4 layers of lemon cake infused with rosemary picked fresh from their garden and served with fresh lemon curd filling topped with a cream cheese frosting...or maybe you'd like a slice of Chocolate Decadence Cake - 4 layers of dense chocolate cake brushed with seedless raspberry preserves, filled with mocha mousse and covered with a chocolate ganache.

 When you're out and about hungry for delicious food in a true Austin setting stop into Chez Zee for, as they say at the restaurant: "American fare with an Austin flair!"



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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

What a delight!  Chez Zee is a fun restaurant I would definitely enjoy!  Thank you Dorie Dillard for sharing this selection. 

Aug 31, 2018 06:27 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Dorie.  This sounds like a wonderful restaurant.  If it were around here, I'd be a regular.

Aug 31, 2018 06:45 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a menu selection, my eyes loved the idea of a crab quesadilla.  Happy Friday!  A

Aug 31, 2018 06:52 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dorie... you had me at the words "Parisian bakery." Love that picture of you in that chair. I can tell this would be one of my favorite Austin eateries if I lived there.

Aug 31, 2018 07:05 AM #4
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: I love that Chez Zee is giving back to the community by supporting local artists. It would definitely be on my list of restaurants to try out if in the Austin TX area.

Aug 31, 2018 08:07 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I had to scroll to the bottom to check out the desserts at Chez Zee!   Chocolate Decadence Cake!!!! If I were to go there, I'd have to have my picture taken in that chair. 

Aug 31, 2018 10:27 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a neat looking place and it sounds like the food would definitely be delicious!

Aug 31, 2018 11:07 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie- - - it appears there is no end to fine dining in Austin. Thank you for sharing yet another. 

Aug 31, 2018 12:29 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Dorie - bacon wrapped tenderloin!  That sounds so yummy!

Aug 31, 2018 01:15 PM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Tasty menu items and a really unique and fun atmosphere...looks like both a good and delicious time !

Aug 31, 2018 02:00 PM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® : We have known the owner and love how her place had morphed into such an Austin Iconic place!

Hi Gabe Sanders : I think it would be one of your favorites too!

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel: You would love them..they are delicious!

Hi Nina Hollander : Its a fabulous chair and so many have had their photo taken there!

Aug 31, 2018 04:46 PM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Anita Clark : That is one of the reason so many love to go there..they not only have great food, the Austin Vibe they give back to the community.

Hi Kathy Streib : You have no idea how good their deserts are! I'm with you on the Chocolate Decadence Cake!!

Hi Brian England : Trust me everything is good here!

Hi Michael Jacobs : I know you would enjoy this place..great wines too!!

Aug 31, 2018 04:50 PM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Grant Schneider : I can assure it is!

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson : It is a great combination!

Sep 01, 2018 05:16 AM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

OMG the menu items all sound so good!  What a fun place to eat and spend some time.

Sep 04, 2018 07:00 PM #14
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