Zest Café is one of my all-time favorite lunch spots. The fresh ingredients and constantly evolving menu make for a memorable experience each time I visit. Of particular note is their Tarragon Chicken Salad. Is there any chance that they would be willing to share the recipe?
-- C.N., Apex
Twelve years after opening, Zest Café (8831 Six Forks Road, 8484792; www.zestcafehomeart.com) remains as refreshing as its name, thanks in large measure to its ever-changing menu of light, seasonal fare. Executive chef James Castellow shares the secrets of two recent favorites, Tarragon Chicken Salad and Crab Dip.
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