Upon entering, it is obvious this place is meant to be fun and inviting for everyone. From the cute murals to the bright colors to the very loud dining area, everything about this place says kids, old or young. We were very happy to see several families dining and for once, we didn't feel out of the ordinary in a trendy SoBro establishment. ;)
We were seated in the classically 1950's diner decorated open dining room that most certainly was a renovated service station. It was a great design. The chairs were surprisingly comfy and the layout just made sense. There was one flat screen mounted above a nicely placed bar and a jukebox displayed in one corner. To Ozzy's dismay, the jukebox was "fragile" and just for show.
Next, Italian fried biscuits rolled in sugar and cinnamon sounded like the perfect starter. There was something quite nostalgic about them. Libby was pretty sure they were the same homemade doughnuts that Grammy used to make from a tube of biscuit dough. Good stuff and very comforting. Ozzy was more than enthusiastic about them and actually proclaimed that they were "SUPER good!"
Fred decided the special of the day was speaking to him, the Eggs Benedict with cheesy grits. For Libby, a mimosa was in order...to be followed by the Java French Toast (made with challah) and a side of the homemade corned beef hash. And for Ozzy, the Blueberry shortstack.
Ozzy enjoyed his blueberry stack and finished most of it. Mom nor dad had room to sample and give input, but if looks don't deceive, this was another winner.
Price-$, Very reasonably priced for satisying fare!
Atmosphere-***, Fun, inviting, but might be a bit loud for some folks...for those of us with little ones, it was nice to not to worry that squeals of delight are bothering your neighbors!
Service-****, A warm & fuzzy waitress who took time to talk with the kids and make sure our needs were met. Did we mention that Papa himself topped off our coffees?! That's what we call service.
OverallFred - B, Very family friendly. Foods pretty darned good. If I'm driving up to SoBro for brunch, I'll be pulling for Zest to get my bidness.
Libby - B+, This was a fine way to end our mini-vaca. A delicious brunch with the fam that we will be sure to repeat in the future...now I can't wait to try Mama Corolla's!
Ozzy- A, Ozzy loved the doughnuts and dug into the pancakes. He felt comfortable to be in his normal loud state and seemed very pleased with everything.
Estelle-A, Nice highchairs and very welcoming of wee ones. There were three other infant diners around while we were present. Stella was in good company. :)