We’ve been bad lately. Very bad. Any leisurely blogger will tell you—sometimes droughts just happen. Things have been busy lately. School started back up, Pierce moved into some new digs, and we went on a mini-vacation to Kentucky Lake for Labor Day. Needless to say, brunching hasn’t been at the top of the priority list. But in the coming weeks, we are doing our best to resolve that.
So, this week we decided to ease back into things and visit an establishment near Pierce’s new locale in Berry Hill. Sam & Zoe’s, right off Thompson Lane near 100 Oaks, is a casual laid-back coffeehouse/café that lies just outside the Bongo/Fido/Frothy Monkey radius. It’s menu slogan is “Breakfast and Lunch Anytime.” Breakfast + Lunch = Brunch. Awesome.
Sam & Zoe’s
Pierce: Breakfast Burrito ($4.95), Sno Cap ($3.95)
Kristen: PB, Banana, Granola and Honey Wrap ($4.95), Classico Smoothie ($4.50)
Service Time – Drinks: 2 1/2 minutes, Food: 9 ½ minutes
First Impression: Sam & Zoe’s isn’t much different from its Hillsboro Village/12 South counterparts. The cute little building features porch seating and a nice interior area. Local art dots the walls and indie music plays over speakers. It’s overall a pleasant, colorful vibe.
Sam & Zoe’s also doesn’t have to deal with the constant rush of more popular coffee joints. At 11 am on a Sunday morning, we didn’t have to wait to place our order at the counter.
The Main Event: For both a coffee shop and a restaurant, Sam & Zoe’s had snappy service. Our drinks, which were of the “specialty” variety, both came out in just three minutes. Pierce ordered a Sno Cap—which is S+Z’s version of the Frappuccino. The drink was a good size and had a great coffee taste. Sometimes, these types of beverages have a little too much mocha—making it more like a milkshake—but the Sno Cap was right on target.
Kristen ordered a Classico smoothie with banana, strawberry, and orange. The taste was extra fruity, but very fresh. It was easy to tell that there was no “from concentrate” crap involved.
The food showed up only seven minutes later and was also enjoyable. Pierce got a breakfast burrito that consisted of ham, cheese, eggs, and mushrooms (by request, no extra charge) tucked inside a healthy whole wheat wrap. The only gripe is that it wasn’t physically larger. But taste-wise, it was excellent.
Kristen decided to go with a delicious-sounding peanut butter, banana, granola, and honey wrap. It lived up to its name. The only downside was that the granola contained a few cranberries—which Kristen isn’t a big fan of. However, it was easy to pick those out, set them aside, and enjoy the rest of the wrap.
The Verdict: Overall, Sam & Zoe’s was a quick, pleasant brunching experience. The only negative was the price-point. Five dollars for relatively small-ish wraps were a little expensive and $19.64 seemed a bit pricey for such a short visit. Regardless, S+Z’s definitely gets our approval.
3.5/5 Syrup Crocks