Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Zea Woodfire Grill

What might otherwise be the simple tale of yet-another chain acquires extra drama cuz this one - Zea WoodFire Grill – is HQ’d in NOLA & got derailed by Katrina. But Zea's a go for Jan 06. Described as eclectic, the menu’s a kitchen-sink deal w/ Medit hummus, chick quesadillas, & Thai ribs. Salads, sammies, & entrees "contain ingredients prepared on the rotisserie." (In other words, chicken?) Previous branches are in LA, AL, NM, & FL. It started out as Zea’s Rotisserie Grill; maybe that sounded too limiting (or else people didn’t know wotta rotisserie was?) Tsk, the new name is borderline illiterate; i.e., when they say woodfire, spose they mean wood-fireD?

8100 Dallas Parkway, Plano (121 & the tollway)

18 Comments:

At December 21, 2005 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanted to beat capt. and dean.

 
At December 21, 2005 2:49 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I wonder if there'll be croc and alligator on that spit.

 
At December 21, 2005 3:08 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Hello, and "happy holidays" to all of you people. I'm sorry I'm so late to address the following, but sometimes I tend to give more credit than what is due. It's the curse of being a nice guy. It's how I personally was raised. Now, on to my concern. I've received several "holiday" and "christmas" cards from some of you well-meaning (I surmise) people. But, if I've said it once I've said it a million times: THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR THIS SO-CALLED CHRISTMAS. I know you don't know L. Ron like I do, but surely you could have figured this out on your own. These holidays are just a psycho-drama perpetuated by retailers, telephone companies and the media, except for feature-length film companies. So forgive the hell out of me, if I don't answer these greetings. If you MUST send something, please make it a check to the Katie Holmes Vomitorium, which furthers the cause of resolving stomach upset stemming from I don't know what. Have a nice end of December.

 
At December 21, 2005 4:43 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Considering what has happened to the other restaurants in that space, I wonder how long Zea will be able to fight the tide.

 
At December 21, 2005 4:54 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Oh, Kirk, do tell, what else has been there?

 
At December 22, 2005 6:57 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

Rino's, a decent northern Italian place, was where Campisi's is now located.

I think Zea is going into a space formerly occupied by Bagelstein's.

The strip center where both restaurants were located was visible from the Tollway until the overpass crossing SH 121 was built. Now it's invisible from the southbound Tollway and very had to see northbound unless your are on the access road. The adjacent Blue Mesa has a similar problem. The new Ikea on the north side of 121 tends to dominate sitelines in the area.

 
At December 22, 2005 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, they probably meant woodfire. Try a Google search, it's a pretty common restaurant name around the country.

When it appears that you outsource the blog's copying editing to an elementary school, should you really accuse others of being borderline illiterate?

 
At December 22, 2005 11:41 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'm guessing you meant "copy editing".

 
At December 22, 2005 11:54 AM, Anonymous tg said...

oh cool, someone left a comment loaded w/ 'tude... someone who also knows how to create links

actually i did do a google search for "woodfire" before posting this item. and i did see that tons of other idiots, including firenzo, had cre-fabric-ated this non-word. it still bugs me. (i also get peeved by "bite-size" instead of "bite-sized".)

as for the literacy level, i kinda thought of myself as picasso, who could illustrate perfectly but scrawled primitively as an artistic statement. but ok, i'll fire the 3rd-graders. even if it seems like a rotten thing to do right before Xmas

 
At December 22, 2005 12:02 PM, Anonymous tg said...

hee, nice catch, captain

 
At December 22, 2005 12:52 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

My pleasure. People shouldn't go all nutso when it's obvious that the writer is merely writing the way that they speak. If you were writing a straight piece for a paper I'm sure your grammar and spelling are impeccable.

 
At December 22, 2005 12:54 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Also people who leave anonymous comments are gutless wonders and cause my drawers to bunch.

 
At December 22, 2005 12:54 PM, Anonymous quibbler said...

bite-size=size of a bite
bite-sized= sized by a bite

 
At December 22, 2005 12:57 PM, Anonymous quibbler said...

i don't think it's the anonymous that does it (aren't we all? except for tg, of course) it's superior pettiness that is bunching them

 
At December 22, 2005 1:13 PM, Anonymous passing through said...

I like when peoples takes TG to task for her lousy grammer! ha! She needs to lern to right better!

 
At December 22, 2005 3:27 PM, Blogger BK said...

So anon had to search all the way to bloody New Zealand to splog that diatribe? As Roger Rabbit would say "what a maroon!"

Having spent many a day in N.O. cause my wife is from there, tg, we have eaten lots of good meals at Zea. It is an extremely good place to eat... and that's saying alot in that town. Very trendy decor, generous portions, and they sell a lot of their marinades and dressings too.

As to wood fire vs wood fired, I think they have it right. I have always thought of something I eat as being wood fired... it's the adjective that describes my beef or salmon or marshmallows or clothes after a night of camping. My cooking apparatus, though, is a wood fire or a gas fire or a propane fire unit.

And, as far as I know, 'woodfire' isn't even a real word except in the restaurant, fireplace and grill biz. Can't find online at www.m-w.com, for example.

So put that in your baby lamb and smoke it, anon.

 
At January 25, 2006 1:59 PM, Anonymous Nota Bene said...

While others in the group that ate at Zea raved over their fish or chicken, I was captivated by something called Blackened Prime Rib – all steaks suffer by comparison.
The Sweet Potato Pudding - somewhere between cheesecake and praline – defies adequate description (yum).

 
At January 27, 2006 10:20 PM, Anonymous Adriane said...

As an employee of Zea I would like to personally invite each of you to come in and see for yourself what we are all about. Comments are not justified unless you can back them up. After personally trying every dish on the menu before offically opening the restraunt in January, I being the picky eater that I am will RAVE about the food. The service is like no other, and you will want to bring your friends after the experience! I hope you will give us a chance and even if you dont business is already headed for a high, so kiss blue mesa and subway and any other surrounding restraunts goodbye and say hello to ZEA!

 

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