{WIAW: Zookini’s Garden, Grill, Pasta} Because I am VEGGIE-obsessed!

by Kacie Phillips on August 15, 2012

Happy Wednesday!  My mom is still in town and lucky for me, she is my clean eating partner in crime.  In all honestly, without her influences and lessons on healthful eating while growing up, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I was that little girl who only got the Lunchables on field trips (while my friends had them daily) and was so “put-a-upon” because there were never cookies in the cookie jar.  Oh. Well. Thanks MOM! :)

Lubbock, Texas is my “home” ever since this past fall, as I began college at Texas Tech.  Slowly but surely, I have found so many healthy outlets–restaurants, hole-in-the-wall stores, etc. that satisfy my clean eating habits.  It’s taken me a YEAR to slowly but surely discover all of this (and I have so much more to discover).  Lubbock isn’t a BIG city by any means, but when you search for places that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, you will find them.  Of course, I want a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods…but that time will come.

Back in the day, both of my parents went to Texas Tech.  Yesterday morning we were trying to pick a place to eat for lunch, and my mom stumbled upon a newspaper ad for the reopening of a place called Zookini’s.  I had never heard of it, but she says that she used to LOVE this place.  Yesterday was only it’s second day open and the salad bar geeks we are, we had to try!

First and foremost, the place was adorable.  Absolutely adorable.  We took a seat after first taking a sneak peak at the salad bar.  I was very intrigued that it was more than just a fully-stocked salad bar.  In addition, they had a potato bar (with both baked and sweet), a soup bar, and muffins/bread.  How fabulous is THAT for options?  All of this…and a menu of absolutely delectable appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.  Per usual, both my mother and I always go for the salad bar so the menu is fun to look at, but we know we don’t order from it.  Maybe one day?! ;) View their ENTIRE menu here.

The drink menu immediately intrigued me: “Sunkist Vitamin Water” – YUM?!  I had several glasses of Blueberry Pomegranate Acai and Tropical Mango (yes, it was sugar-free and calorie-free).

My mom opted for the unsweet tea–both the same price, with free refills. Perfection.

Doesn’t it look delicious?! :)

On to FOOD!  We opted for simply the salad bar (as I have stated–veggie obsessed).

We didn’t even realize it when we both filling our plates, but we ended up with just about the same lunch–like almost identical.  All the way down to the same dressings.  We BOTH grabbed a cup of ranch and tomato basil vinaigrette for dipping.  Clean eating partners in crime strike again. :)

So yummy.  This salad bar was so impressive.  It had everything, and then some.  If I wasn’t STUFFED on veggies, I would have tried something else.  But, well.. I was FULL. VEGGIE COMA. :)

Before we left, I looked the place up on social media outlets and was happy to find they are out there!  So many small businesses have no social media presence and it blows my mind! Get out there, get social, and get your name in people’s mind.  The world has gone social; GROW with the times!

Zookini’s Website

Lubbock Menu


I will surely be back and so I am sure to actually try things off the menu (and not just the salad bar), I plan to do carry-out.  Are you in Lubbock?  Check them out at the corner of University and 82nd? Not in Lubbock, live vicariously through my Vitamin Water and veggies, maybe?! ;)

xoxo Savvy Sassy Me

Question: What is your GO-TO salad bar item?

  • Sable@SquatLikeALady

    Ohh I wish there were places like that here!! Maybe someday. Looks delicious and so healthy!

    • Kacie Phillips

      In all honesty, you just need a place with a salad bar.. and you can work your magic from there! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alwaysrunningbutneverlate jenna

    oh man! that looks like such a great place! id love to have one of those close to me!! at the salad bar my favorite “go to” is usually the chickpeas and the beets first and foremost. oh, i also love banana peppers which is a bit weird! hahaha SPA LOVE

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    • Kacie Phillips

      The email subscripting link is on the right sidebar, under my bio! :)

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