When Steph said she wanted to try Zed's I thought we were in for a night of high flying noses and snide remarks from a snotty D. I was wrong and I'm glad to say so. As we walked up to the door we both remarked on the wonderful aroma of grilled beef wafting from the kitchen. I don't know if it was in the design or just luck but it really sets the mood for a great dinner. We were greeted by a nice young woman with a big smile and taken to our table. It was late and dark but I could see a large outdoor patio and what looked to be a fairly nice view. Again it was dark.
Zed's has a nice selection of comfort foods on their menu. They're kind of a blend of steakhouse and American comfort really. I went for the "Texas Sized" chicken fried steak while Steph went with the Hickory smoked burger. They were both delicious.
You get two sides with the chicken fried so I went with coleslaw and smashed potatoes. The steak itself was breaded with a tasty but not overly seasoned or salty coating and came out hot. It was nice and tender too without a hint of gristle. The coleslaw was sweet and a little tangy. It had a nice crunch to it so I know it was fresh. The potatoes were good but I don't remember anything standing out about them. Straight up honest mashed potatoes. I remember thinking that the meal was one of the better chicken fried steaks in town. Then again they charge a bit more at Zed's so you should expect the meal to be above the bar.
Steph's burger came out perfectly cooked to medium rare. When she cut it in half, it's pretty big, the juices ran out of the patty and she smiled. A lot of places will ask how you want your burger cooked but few really get it right. Steph has a list so if anyone wants to know where they get it right, aside from Zed's, just comment below and I'll talk her into it. Or tell her yourself, see pictures and read here take on Zed's here http://www.shesfedupinaustin.com. She also loved the fries but sadly I can't describe them at the moment. Sorry. Again, bug her if you want to know more about Zed's.
As far as the wait staff goes we had excellent service. Our glasses were never empty and everything came out as ordered. I do seem to remember thinking they asked about things a little too much but it wasn't that busy so I think he was just trying to make us happy. I answered a question about how often a waiter should check on you recently so it's on my mind. Do you like when a wait staff kind of hovers or do you prefer them to be attentive but not ask? Both have their place I suppose.