Feast on an assembly of artfully prepared eats with today’s Groupon. For $30, you’ll get five courses from either the chef’s tasting menu or the vegetarian-friendly farmer’s menu at Zoot, a $55 value.
Opened by Culinary Institute of America alum Stewart R. W. Scruggs and partner Mark Paul, Zoot is a sister restaurant to the acclaimed Wink, which was itself the sister restaurant to both Nod and Disappointing Follow-Up Conversation. With an emphasis on quarterly rotating tastes, Zoot creates innovative dishes influenced by seasonal produce. Celebrate the harvest season with spicy, slow-cooked recipes incorporating bountiful tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and apples.
The latest chef’s menu preps the palate with sautéed shrimp served with cheddar grits, bacon, and collard greens, followed by a light spinach salad tossed with fall favorites such as Honeycrisp apples, sweet potatoes, and pecans. The next courses cater to surf and turf with roasted redfish (with celeriac brandade, tomato confit, mantequilla olives, and herb broth) and grilled New York strip. End on a sweet note with a chocolaty sliver of flourless cake served with orange curd and hazelnut streusel.
Vegetarians will appreciate the farmer’s menu with non-meat-eater-pleasing picks featuring roasted beet salad, butternut squash–spiked risotto, mushroom-stuffed ravioli with root vegetables, and celery-root soup. Zoot is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call ahead to make reservations.
- While ZOOT's move may have not pleased some Downtown dwellers, the new location is surely providing far Southwest Austin residents a fabulous dining alternative – Claudia Alarcon, Austin Chronicle
- That aside, every other visit to Zoot has been remarkable, offering some of the finest of Austin's fine dining. The foie gras is a must-have, and every entree we've tried has been succulent. – BW, Urbanspoon
- I recently visited Zoot on a Wednesday and found it surprisingly delightful. – johnnywalker, Austin360
What You Did Not Know: The 1930s
Zoot suits were a popular, ostentatious style of dress during the late '30s and early '40s, a time characterized by barons, secret societies, and large numbers of people being incredibly poor. Here's what you didn't know about the 1930s:
- To get America out of the Depression, President Roosevelt introduced his "Chipso Laundry Soap presents Fireside Chats—Makes Clothes Last Longer!"
- The Empire State Building was constructed to contain an otherworldly, sentient gas cloud that ended up causing hallucinations.
- Amazing scientific breakthrough Scotch Tape was in no way harmed by its culturally offensive name.
- Due to a calendar mix-up, the 1930s lasted for 12 years.
- The Hindenburg exploded thanks to Amelia Earhart.
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