New dining destination in East Cobb
By Hope S. Philbrick
If we’re to learn anything from childhood starlets struggling into adulthood, it’s that few transitions are graceful. Passing judgment on a restaurant in its first few days of operation makes as much sense as twerking in a mouse costume.
So I rarely visit a restaurant until it’s been open long enough to work early kinks out. But I visited Zeal, which opened October 25, on November 8. And it was already operating like an old pro.
Servers were attentive. The décor stylish. And each dish delivered to our table impressed, bite after bite.
East Cobb can use more restaurants of this caliber: a close competitor, just a few doors down, has a months’ long waiting list for reservations. “You can’t get a table there,” said my friend, who lives in the neighborhood.
Once fans of that restaurant discover this place, tables will likely be hard to come by as well. So call ahead and make a reservation to look like you’re one of the most well-connected diners in town.
Executive Chef Eric Mulville is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and the former executive chef and managing partner of Maggiano’s Buckhead. At Zeal his menu focuses on seasonal, local fare “with a twist” of eclectic international influences. Early popular favorites include Georgia trout with Israeli couscous, chicken lollipops with mango chipotle sauce, wild mushroom flatbread with truffle cream, and crispy kale salad.
In addition to non-alcoholic beverage options, Zeal offers a rotating list of locally sourced craft beers, hand crafted cocktails and various wines, available by the glass or bottle.
In an outdoor bar area there’s shuffleboard, darts and an outdoor fireplace.
Zeal is a welcome addition to the East Cobb dining scene.
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. in Market Plaza
Marietta, GA 30068
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