Award-winning chef opens Lexington café

December 17, 2018 by  

Zim’s Café opened in late November in the old court house in downtown Lexington. Owned by Chef Ouita Michel, it will serve dishes from her other Lexington restaurants, and serve as a tourism hub.

Chef Michel has won several James Beard awards and uses locally sourced meats, dairy, vegetables, and fruits on the menus. She says that the restaurant will be a casual dining restaurant for families.

The venue will serve the ‘Big Brown Burger’ and Cubano sandwich from Wallace Station Deli, as well as po’boys (Louisiana sandwiches) from Windy Corner Deli. Also on the menu will be pies and baked goods from Midway Bakery.

The interior is decorated with folk art from local artists, which makes the restaurant a colorful and bright place to dine. The menu has a retro design, and Lexington has print shops that design menus and promotional products for restaurant like this.

The restaurant has large windows, wood floors, dining rooms, and a kitchen, and will sell grits, jams, honey and other products.

Chef Michel will also open a bourbon bar called The Thirsty Fox in the same building. This will provide drinks for Zim’s Café, while Zim’s will rusrtle up the food for the bourbon bar.

The serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and seats about 80 people. Open seven days a week, it is located at 215 West Main Street,