Zeal Modern Eatery-1255 Johnson Ferry Rd suite 42 Marietta. GA 30068
Zeal Modern Eatery-1255 Johnson Ferry Rd suite 42 Marietta. GA 30068

Zeal Modern Eatery is a good restaurant in an area with quite a few really good restaurants.  Zeal Owner/General Manager Scott Sawant invited the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society, of which I am a member, to dine for free at  his cozy East Cobb eatery in exchange for our honest opinions.  Scott is gracious host and hands on manager whose passion for service was evident.  In general there are a few kinks to work out in this 8 month old spot but it has a lot of promise.

Zeal Exterior
The exterior of the strip mall in which Zeal is located is under renovation. Hopefully Zeal’s facelift will be done soon.

We started our evening with super fresh oysters in honor of National Oyster Day.  The starters here are the stars of the show for sure.    The Tandori Chicken and Lamb Skewers were a big hit at the table.  The Charcuterie, with meats from Heywood’s Provisions, ( I’m going to have to give them a visit, they’ve got some good stuff)  was fantastic and the Fried Green Tomatoes with Fig Goat Cheese were popular among the foodie bloggers as well.

High West Manhattan
I had a High West Manhattan with High West Double Rye to start the evening off right.
The oysters are fresh, delicious and topped with a bit of micro greens
The oysters are fresh, delicious and topped with a bit of micro greens
Charcuterie at Zeal. Meats from Heywoods Provisions
Charcuterie at Zeal. Meats from Heywood’s Provisions
Fried green tomatoes with fig goats cheese
Fried green tomatoes with fig goat cheese

 

For the entrees I had a perfectly cooked, if a bit under-seasoned, grilled pork chop.   One of my table mates ordered the NY Strip and was very happy with it.  Another ordered the Tenderloin topped with blue cheese and was equally as happy.  One diner in our group had a chicken breast that was a bit dry.  Zeal’s owner, Scott, seemed genuinely interested in our constructive criticism so I have very high hopes for this restaurant.

Zeal's grilled pork chop, very juicy but a tad bland
Zeal’s grilled pork chop, very juicy but a tad bland
Blue Cheese Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Risotto
Blue Cheese Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Risotto

And then for dessert

cheesecake
One of two cheesecakes on the Zeal dessert menu
Trio of "Tarts"  Strawberry, Coconut/Lime and Chocolate Turtle
Trio of “Tarts” Strawberry, Coconut/Lime and Chocolate Turtle.  You can order all three or however many you would like.  More of a mousse than a tart but delicious none the less

The interior

Zeal interior
The interior at Zeal has a small gallery near the entry, a “Living Room” with tabletop shuffle board and a well stocked bar

 Zeal Modern Eatery is worth a second look, I’ll be back to see how they progress and to give the pork chop another try.

 

2 Comments

2 Comments on Zeal Modern Eatery-East Cobb

  1. Dee Dee (@MissFoodieFab)
    August 10, 2014 at 4:31 am (7 years ago)

    Great review. Wished I could have made it, but I’m going to give them a visit anyways.

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