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$10 for $20 Worth of International Cuisine
The menu includes small plates such as classic pommes frites ($5), spinach-and-ricotta ravioli ($8), and mojito lamb lollipops with a sweet rum sauce ($13). It also includes a couple of big plates, such as a blue-cheese-crusted rib eye ($22).
When guests step inside Zins, they hand their car keys to a greeter who sees that vehicles are steered to a safe spot with the complimentary valet service. Next, they’re whisked to a white-draped table beneath modern chandeliers, where they can consider the menu’s internationally inspired offerings before settling on a perfect combination of small plates or opting for one big one.
Menu headings such as nibble, reminisce, begin, and experience hint at the range of culinary options. Chefs pair local cheeses with a berry reduction and housemade crostini and pan-fry thai crab cakes to dip in peanut sauce. Maple brown butter, sage, pecans, and parmesan coat sweet-potato gnocchi, and classic goulash made with braised Iowa beef zips to tables beside a housemade baguette.
It’s fine-dining cuisine that was almost lost to the community after the June 2008 flood. After the restaurant had been open less than a year, Cedar River overflowed its banks, and Zins was flooded with nearly 4 feet of water. Though the owners were devastated and unsure whether they’d be able to open, a steady stream of volunteers arrived to help them clean up—employees who wouldn’t be able to go back to work, family members, and friends, as well as people the owners had never met before. Moved by the hundreds of volunteers, they vowed to reopen and continue serving their community with renewed vigor. A year after Cedar Rapids had been evacuated, down to the minute, the restaurant opened for the second time.