OC Restaurant Week 2013 - zCafe (Costa Mesa)

My Tuesday tackling of Orange County Restaurant Week (OCRW) yielded no lunchmates, so I opted for a lonely lunching at zCafe which had a menu in my price range ($10 lunch!) and a generally close location to where I needed to be later that day. It certainly was not too busy once I got there but they did strongly promote their participation in OCRW (the picture above is an older picture I took of the storefront). There were three different ways which you could decide to get your $10 lunch:
  1. Sandwich combo - Turkey, Barbecued Chicken, Italian, Meatball or Roasted Veggie Sandwich; Cafe Salad, Caesar Salad, or Cup of Soup; & Fountain Drink or Fresh Baked Cookie
  2. Pizza combo - Any Small Pizza & Fountain Drink or Fresh Baked Cookie
  3. Vegan combo - Fresh Hummus or House-made Guacamole with zBread & Bowl of Vegan Veggie Soup or California Salad
My favorite pizza there is the Tuscan (roasted garlic sauce, Mozzarella, Crimini and Shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, Feta, truffle oil, and fresh thyme), so it was an easy decision for me. Considering it was just me eating, it was a personal pizza challenge! The dough was just the right mix of crispy and soft, and the toppings made for a very savory meal. There is no shortage of mushrooms so I would highly recommend this for any mushroom lovers.

While overall it was a good meal, I was slightly disappointed to see that the price between the OCRW options and what it would have cost on a normal day was hardly different. I basically got a free drink yesterday seeing as the pizza would have been $9.95 any other day. However, if you're interested in getting your nom on, perhaps the sandwich combo would be the better deal. Check out their menu here.

Photography by Minerva Thai.

Looking for other bloggers chowing down during OC Restaurant Week 2013? See who's writing at http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/OC_Food_Blogs_That_Rock.html!



  1. Thanks for stopping by zcafe and taking advantage of Orange County Restaurant Week.

    Our $10 lunch provided a discount of 16 to 33 percent...and the pizza combos were at the lower end and, you were right, the sandwich combos were at the higher end of that spectrum.

    We're glad you enjoyed your pizza and thanks again for stopping by and posting your experience on your blog.

    David Hastie
    General Manager
    zcafe at South Coast Plaza

  2. Hi David,

    Thank you for the comment and the breakdown by % on the discounts. I still did appreciate the savings =] and of course, your food is always delish!