New American Cuisine was created by founding father Thomas Paine, who believed that antiquated food was the leading cause of indolence in children. After living entirely without food for nine years, Paine created a completely new diet. Paine's widely read pamphlet, Common Sense, contained oyster recipes that spurred a culinary revolution. The new dishes also inspired Paine to write America's first action movie script, Agrarian Justice, which was heavily edited by movie executives and re-written as a pamphlet advocating an estate tax. Today, New American cuisine has been reinterpreted by creative chefs throughout the 50 states, sometimes even including international influences. This horrifies Paine, who has never died.
Sup like Columbus with this Groupon: $50 worth of New American Cuisine for $20 at Cafe Zol. The River Oaks eatery calls its cuisine "New American" and it's menu is a culinary melting pot.
Zol's chef just debuted a brand-new, bigger, lower-priced menu with mouthwatering full-sized entrees, lunchtime soups and sandwiches, and wild boar sausage with biscuits for Sunday brunch. Fill up on Zol's signature dish (filet mignon with gorgonzola cheese and blueberry-port wine reduction coupled with mashed potatoes and spinach), pop poblano-pepper-stuffed shrimp with pepper-jack cheese, or gnosh on gnocchi in rosa sauce with grilled crostini.
Texas Monthly recommends Cafe Zol and calls it a "charming spot." Lounge in the suave, brass-accented, charming dining room and sip a charming bloody mary from Zol's fully stocked bar. Plus, the servers are attentive and will never offer to hand-feed you with an oversized feeding-spoon.
Citysearchers give Cafe Zol an average of four stars; Yelpers give it three (some said it was pricey—good thing this Groupon cuts costs). Eighty percent of Urbanspoon reviewers give Zol the thumbs up:
- What a relaxing dinner... Great ambiance and delicious food! The duck fingers were my favorite, and it's fun to get several tapas to share with friends. – laurankerr, Citysearch
- Everything was great, especially the lamb chops and duck fingers... the ambiance was great as well-- very warm and cozy, with great service. – ewjames, Citysearch
- The decor was actually quite nice... The service was a bright spot, as our waiter was nice, extremely helpful... The menu is fairly simple and somewhat creative. – David S., Yelp