To each his own. The food is good but each time I suggest going to Zenith, the family declines on the grounds that it is "icky," by which they mean the eclectic decor, antiques etc. They may be used to antiseptic-looking environments, which may not be fair, but even I find it a bit too much. Perhaps the DR could have slightly less bric-abrac.
I thought I reviewed this already. I like this place, it's good. The atmosphere is fantastic. It's an antique/2nd hand store along with a restaurant. When you enter the store, walk straight back and you will enter the restaurant. You'll be in the back seating area so if you don't immediately see someone, sometimes you have to walk to your left and hook around to get to the kitchen enterance where you can typically flag someone down. It sounds complicated but it's not. Bottom line I guess is there's no host/ess with a nice little stand.
I agree with the other reviews, the food is only slightly above average. However, the menu changes frequently and there are always delicious cakes available. Actually, the cakes make this place have delicious food.
The atmosphere alone should entice you to come here. It's one-of-a-kind. If you are a vistitor, you have to try this place.
Cons: not stellar food (but not bad either)
I've only ever been to Zenith for brunch, when it is buffet style for sides and dessert, and you order an entree for $10. It's a really good deal, but none of the food I've ever gotten there has been notably tasty. The desserts are 100% avoidable. I would not recommend saving calories and/or room in your tummy for them. It's all these slices of little round cakes that look cute but taste more or less the same and are kinda moisture-deficient. Sometimes I'll pick an entree that I like, like their white bean hummus wrap, but that's vegan 101. I would not order their pancakes or French toast, theirs made me a bit angry. I wanted to march in the kitchen and show then how easy and inexpensive it is to make great vegan pancakes! Everyone is bound to find a buffet side or two or three they are into.
Frankly, although the food isn't amazing, it's still worth coming here, and I wish I'd gone for dinner there before I moved away. It's just such a cute, cool place that will brighten your spirits. Also, hungry? Plenty of food, plus coffee or another beverage for $10 - can't beat that! I think this place used to be totally vegan, but at some point they added dairy milk and a cheese plate for dinner for whatever reason. Possibly chicken's eggs too. Lame, but all their sides and desserts are vegan, at least, as well as all but a few entrees.
The food is pretty good. I liked the orzo salad that I had while there, but walking around the shop and being able to look in the kitchen really didn't seem to sell the idea that cleanliness is a top priority. That's just a complete turn-off.
If you've never had Zenith's Tofishy sandwich, you haven't lived! They call it vegan crack--and with good reason.
They have great teas (both hot and iced), eclectic recipes, and a very funky, fun atmosphere.
Their Sunday brunch is a vegan wonderland. For a very reasonable price you get the vegan buffet (which includes an entire *table* of vegan desserts), an entree, and your choice of tea.
Lots of interesting things to look at. The walls and shelves are overcrowded, but it's all interesting stuff. Every table has it's own style.
The woman who runs the place is friendly.
The food is okay, but not great. She uses a microwave.
Cons: so-so food
Let me first say that this is a place that makes you feel like you are in San Fransisco or Berlin. It's simply awesome, different and delicious, and I forgot: not expensive! You will definitely end up eating something you haven't eaten before and you'll love it. One of the places I take all visitors to.
Zenith is a bit difficult to find as it isn't on a main street and it looks like an antiques shop from the outside (it is both an antique store and a restaurant). You can park for free here, though. The menu changes weekly, and all of the food can be prepared vegan. The best thing I've had there is the Toficken Sandwich. They also have a very impressive tea list. Sunday brunch is awesome, but you need to get there at opening time or you might be waiting for a very long time. Also, the buffet tends to run down about halfway through.
Cons: Hard to locate, No credit cards, A bit dingy looking
Although I have never made the sunday brunch I have been to the a la carte part several times. I have a rather severe egg allergy and the vegan options are PERFECT!!! Fresh quality natural food at a reasonable price and a quirky presentation. A quaint fun and hip intelligent atmosphere away from the normal hustle and bustle of south side!!!
Cons: Tricky Location
I had Sunday brunch at Zenith's and was really impressed. For 10 bucks you get to choose one of around 5 entrees on that day's menu (I had almond waffles with blueberry topping), unlimited trips to the all vegan salad bar, and a drink. The salad bar was amazing...different pasta salads, lentil salads, stuffed grape leaves, all kinds of desserts, etc. I enjoyed this part better than my meal (in fact next time my fiance actually plans on skipping the entree and just eating from the bar).
The atmosphere is very unique. It's an antique store, so there are plenty of things to browse and look at while waiting for a table. Also, all of the servewear/decorations are antiques, so that is kind of cool. They will seat you at a table with other people as well, so I guess be prepared for that, but I thought that was kind of fun.
Enjoy, I highly recommend!
The Zenith is a very unique kind of vege restaurant. Actually it's way more than a restaurant. It's also an art and antique gallery plus a vintage clothing shop! I love the changing menu. There is always something different to try. And the herbal teas by the pot is great (choose from a huge selection). Very easy going and interesting place to visit. Highly recommended when in Pittsburgh.
The buffet opens at 11am. Come before 11am or after 1pm. If you don't get there early enough to get a seat, you may as well come back in two hours, as no seats will be available for that long as people gorge themselves.
This is, hands down, the best vegan/vegetarian brunch you will ever have. Ever. For one measly little price, you get unlimited trips to the salad/side bar (that just happens to have the most amazing stuffed grape leaves in the city, as well as the world's best macaroni salad) the all-vegan desert table (including tofu cheese cakes and other assorted sweet-treats, all lovingly made by the staff), unlimited coffee or specialty tea, and an entrée. The atmosphere is funky and comfortable (you sit in the midst of a vintage clothing and antique shop and the art on the wall is for sale), and it feels like you've been invited to someone's mom's house for a huge Sunday meal. Don't pass up the TofuRuben or Tofishy sandwiches - they are simply perfect in every way. I have introduced many friends to the Zenith Brunch, and have never heard an ill word. This is an eating extravaganza that is not to be missed.
Cons: gets crowded!
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