|Zov's Cafe Bakery & Bar|
3915 Portola Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92620
Listing on Yahoo! Local
So, I've been writing about food in Orange County for three years now but I've never been to Zov's until a few days ago. This small restaurant chain which serves mostly Mediterranean food is run by chef extraordinaire Zov Karamardian and is a favorite of Edwin's from the Monster Munching blog.
On the way in I noticed a sign outside showcasing their happy hour specials which mentioned chips and salsa and nachos, among the other items. Once inside I found that the nachos are a regular appetizer item. I didn't see any other Mexican-oriented item on the menu so I asked the waitress if there was anything I might've missed and she said, "No, because we're a Mediterranean restaurant." Well, I had to at least ask. So I ordered the nachos. These are pretty much traditional nachos with melted cheese, salsa, guacamole, and chicken (no sour cream), with one little twist: the chips are made from pita bread and not fried corn tortillas, but with all the toppings there wasn't really a huge taste difference. Now that I've got their Mexican item out of the way (I also had an iceberg wedge salad and a key lime tart which can be seen by clicking either photo in this review) and with their friendly yet unpretentious service I'll be back later to try more of their menu. I especially want to try their breakfast.