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Zoë’s Kitchen Prepares for Saturday Opening

by ARLnow.com — September 15, 2011 at 10:25 am 3,412 25 Comments

New Ballston eatery Zoë’s Kitchen (4245 Fairfax Drive) is planning to open its doors on Saturday, restaurant managers told ARLnow.com last night.

Interior construction has happened at an impressively rapid rate since the restaurant first announced an ambitious mid-September opening date earlier this month — but the opening is still at least two days before schedule.

The Alabama-based, Greek-inspired restaurant chain offers soups, salads, sandwiches, pitas and lunch/dinner entrees. The menu includes chicken kabobs, Greek salad, tuna salad, freshly-made hummus, a “club pita,” chicken pita pizza, spinach roll-ups and a turkey Reuben sandwich.

Zoë’s is located in the former Aladdin’s Eatery space, across one block from the Ballston Metro. This is the company’s fifth location in the D.C. area, with more locations planned.

  • http://nelsm4517@mac.com Ballston Resident

    Good luck to Zoë’s and welcome to the neighborhood.

  • Aaron

    I can’t wait to give them a try! Aladdin’s was nice but their food was just amazingly bland.

    Still miss Flattop something fierce though #supersadface

  • John B

    They had crews in there at night and on weekends (even Labor Day) so it’s no surprise to me they’re ahead of schedule. Hopefully it will be worth the presumably greater expense to the owners.

    From looking at the menu through the glass Tuesday night, the main thing I wish they’d add to the menu is Falafel. Aladdin’s had a great Falafel wrap.

    I look forward to checking it out this weekend. Good luck!

  • GreaterClarendon

    Wow, was really surprised by the menu – from kids meals to famkly take-out, definitely exceeded my expectations, that is the kind of food my family loves, and within walking distance. I hope they validate parking across the street.

  • YTK

    They put their place together alot faster than Bronx Pizza (Clarendon) is doing.

  • Homeowner

    Lunch options in Ballston just got better!

  • DudeGuy

    I miss Flattop. That place was good. It always had people in it, not sure why it closed. If you made a bad meal it was your fault, if you made a great meal it was your fault :)

    • Chef Boy R Dee

      It closed because it was a stupid concept. You gou out to eat because you don’t want to cook yourself.

      • DudeGuy

        Sounds like you have never been there. You didn’t cook it yourself, you chose what you wanted in it yourself.

        • Chef Boy R Dee

          Same difference. Choosing ingredients, portions, etc. is the main part of cooking, not the heating it up part.

          • DudeGuy

            It is not. You are preparing the food not cooking it.

      • Rick

        must be why BD’s is failing in bethesda too…

  • J

    I frequented Zoe’s in Atlanta quite a bit…very delicious food…glad to have it in Arlington now!

  • Ballstonian

    That location is cursed for restaurants…will be interesting to see how it fares.

  • steve85

    With it being an Alabama based company I’m shock it is still in business coming from that poor state

    • BallstonAL

      It actually did quite well opening locations within Birmingham for years before expanding. Downtown Birmingham and Ballston are basically the same: 10 huge buildings with tons of people, and not much else.

  • Torie

    I picked up a menu at the new Ballston place. It looks pretty terrible, to be honest. Very heavy on the mayo–chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad. I’ll give the “spinach roll-up” a try, but I’m not terribly enthusiastic. Looks like very, very watered-down “Greek.” I miss Aladdin’s.

  • Just Me

    I miss Flat Top, didn’t like Aladdin’s so I will give it a try. Would love to see Flat Top come back or even Food Factory that was pushed out by First Down. I really miss Food Factory.

    • John B

      FF was pushed out by Buffalo D’s, not First Down. Yes it’s still the same location but Buffalo D’s owners were also the owners of FF, where First Down is owned by a completely different family.

      My understanding is that FF just didn’t do enough business to satisfy the original owners, which is why they experimented with various other stores in the front entrance (e.g., Salad & Things). The Buffalo D’s experiment worked.

  • Ballstonian

    I’ve driven past the Zoe’s in Fairfax and was curious once I learned that one was moving to Ballston. I’ll certainly give them a shot, but I don’t know if it’s going to do well as it seems to be one more sandwich place to compete with the 10 or so other sandwich/burger places in 3 block radius (Subway, Cosi, Potbelly’s, Burger Shack, Mike’s, Quiznos, Panera, Big Buns, etc, plus Wiinky’s, Jimmy John’s,Booeymonger, and Brueggers a little farther away). While they have other options other than sandwiches, I wonder if they’ll be enough to distinguish them from a pretty crowded field.

  • PGFDE121

    Doesn’t appear that they are open, anyone know whats going on?

  • LibraryLady

    Walked by there this afternoon, and it’s still closed :(

  • http://nelsm4517@mac.com Arlington resident

    Why is Zoe’s not opened yet? They did not open last week and still remain closed.

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Not sure, but their build-out and opening date was very ambitious. Perhaps they forgot something.

  • VA^2

    I ate at Zoe’s over the weekend, and it was a total waste of a lunch. The food was average and overpriced. Don’t go here.

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