I would love to know what they are doing to the soups over at Zest Cafe. It is so hard to get a good soup, and the soups at Zest are always special and just perfect. In particular, I'd like to get their recipes for Chicken Minestrone and Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup.
-- A.K., Raleigh
Zest Cafe & Home Art's unusual combination -- cheerily casual restaurant on one side, gourmet gift and home furnishings shop on the other -- has proven a winning formula for owners Marvin and Carla Swirsky. The North Raleigh establishment celebrated its ninth anniversary last month.
A key ingredient in the Cafe's enduring success is its frequently changing menu of traditional and contemporary American fare, built on a foundation of fresh ingredients. The restaurant's soups are no exception.