Responses to msmayz's Review

Respond to Review of ZiZi's Take Out
by msmayz

Review: I'm surprised to see all the glowing reviews here, although I'm happy that others have enjoyed their food at Zizi's. :) As a vegan who lives in Charlotte, I'll give Zizi's props for being our only true vegan restaurant; however, there are too many downsides to warrant going back. First, the location is terrible. Not only is the actual restaurant hard to find from the road, but it's located 6 miles north of the city, way out in Corporate Walmart Consumer Land. There's no public transit nearby, and it's a very unsafe area for cyclists and pedestrians. You *must* drive a car to get there. Second, the menu is 90% mock meat; for us, that's a huge downside. My spouse (also vegan) and I eat a whole-foods-based diet and are frankly pretty grossed out by faux chicken, beef, steak, fish, ribs, and wings. Just look at the menu to see what I mean. Another reviewer below describes Zizi's menu perfectly: "FRIED FLAVORFUL VEGAN FOOD. It comes in all the traditional forms that a Southern American is used to... replace[s] my old stops at WingZone, Bojangles, or Showmars." For us, strike three was the actual food. Not fans of mock meat, we compromised and ordered the Philly cheese steak (which, sadly, was dry and flavorless), the avocado sub (served on soggy, cold, anemic, refined white bread), and a walnut brownie (which was surprisingly moist and excellent). So on top of the horrible venue and "meat"-laden menu, the food wasn't even good. Maybe we hit Zizi's on an off night; what a disappointment. Another minor annoyance was that the spacey girl who took our order, upon hearing we're vegan, told us *at length* about how she still eats dairy. Talk about inappropriate! Some people dislike that Zizi's is take-out only. We don't mind that, so no points docked there. But look, I get it: If I were visiting CLT from out of town, I would be ecstatic that Zizi's exists. In that scenario, I'd probably have a rental car and would be unfamiliar with CLT's good ethnic restaurants; so, naturally, Zizi's would be the perfect solution. However, I do live in CLT and know that there are sooo many amazing vegan options at other restaurants (Lang Van, Woodlands, Ru San's, Meskerem) that absolutely blow Zizi's out of the water. So although Zizi's is 100% vegan, given its downsides, I can't give it more than two stars. If they'd get a better location (closer to the city and public transit) and add more whole-foods-based items to the menu, we'd go back. But for now it's a no-go.

Responses

kindlizard
Posted by kindlizard on Monday, August 23, 2010
per guidelines, refrain from mentioning other eateries.
VeganJustin
Posted by VeganJustin on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
also about public transit, there are C.A.T.S. stops on both sides of N. Tryon, just a block away by Wal-Mart.
msmayz
Posted by msmayz on Friday, February 22, 2013
Hey kindlizard, why don't you leave that same comment on other reviews below, which have clearly ALSO mentioned other eateries? You're not a mod. Unless the actual mods have a problem with my review, I'm not going to change it. People need to know about the better vegan options in Charlotte.
andy42
Posted by andy42 on Friday, February 22, 2013
Zizi's is certainly a mock-meat-dominant menu. They're not a veggie/raw-food focused place, so to criticize them for being something they're not is somewhat tantamount to giving them a bad review for not having burgers and milk shakes. If you don't like mock meat, there's not a whole lot at Zizi's for you... but the vegan options you mention are all heavily ethnic food (good ones at that) -- but a totally different food experience. I agree about the location though, but with such a small vegan population here in Charlotte, it's understandable that they couldn't afford the rent of a fancier shopping center.
VeganJustin
Posted by VeganJustin on Friday, February 22, 2013
Did you even look at the menu before ordering?
I'm going to list the veggies and fruits that are clearly available, either in menu items, or as sides:
Kale, Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomato, Potato, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Garbanzo Beans, Rutabaga, Parsnips, Celery, Field Greens, Avocado, Onion, Olive, Cucumber, Zucchini, Black Beans, Sweet Potato, Mango, Pineapple, Blueberry, Strawberry, and Banana. Out of all of that, you chose a brownie, a "mock meat" sub, and one veggie sub and you complained about lack of a "whole-foods based menu"? your complaints baffle me.
plus you compared an American-style take out restaurant with a 100% vegan menu to a Vietnamese, an Indian, and sushi restaurants. i don't think that's a fair comparison at all considering only ONE is 100% vegetarian, and all of them only offer some select vegan options.
Having a bad experience with your meal, and sharing your bad experience here is totally the whole point of this site. but when you bash the restaurant as a whole with unfounded complaints, then your review looses a lot of it's credibility.
i would encourage others to try Zizi's for themselves, and to ignore msmayz bad review.
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