THREE Z IS THE PLACE TO BE

Man About Town
2015
November

Just when ya think you’ve tried all the good Asian food in town, someone “builds a better mouse trap.” Tucked away in Times Square Center, Three Z is the most astonishingly, unique twist on far eastern fusion dining.  Yep, Three Z Azian Cuizine is a must do, “fast,” casual place for lunch or dinner.

The “Man” has known the owners, Brad and Vanessa Downey, since 2010.  These folks eat, sleep and breathe Asian fusion at its best.  Brad is quite the chef himself! They even remodeled their kitchen at home to hone his Asian culinary skills long before the idea of owning a restaurant entered their minds.  

We watched, with interest, the complete tear-out of the space as they started to put together “their vision of a hip, modern, Asian restaurant, providing freshly prepared gourmet meals, while using high-quality ingredients both quickly and economically.” What makes Three Z different is that one can get exotic, made to order Asian fusion in an upscale environment, not only quickly, but for a value with most everything on the menu being under $10!  Diet conscious folks are offered gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and allergy-specific alternatives.  The choice is yours and the options are endless!

The atmosphere is bright and open with a contemporary-modern feel. The entire front-end is a wall of windows.  The décor is sleek,  with lots of metal, mirrors and color.  All of the beautiful art work on the walls was hand painted by the talented, local artist Dace Lucia Kidd.  Her goal was to inspire a tranquil and upscale vibe.  Even the lettering for the internal signage are the handiwork of Dace.  They have effectively used red and silver brushed metal on the chairs as welcoming accents to the Dallas-like retro feel of the place.  Add to that the beautiful photos of the menu dishes on the wall, at the entry for easy ordering, and you’ve got the ideal fast-casual dining spot.

Brad and Vanessa have focused on quality made-to-order Asian dishes crafted by a kitchen staff with over 100 years of experience in total.  Three Z offers dine-in, take-out and catering for any occasion.  Want wine or beer with your meal?  Their list features bottled beers from across Asia and all of the favorite domestic choices, as well as a great selection of wines by the bottle or glass.  Listen, $2.50 wine by the glass is available at Happy Hour, which is Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..  Now that’s a deal!  Every day you may expect some kind of half price appetizer or dessert special as a surprise treat for their customers.

The “Man” has done both lunch and dinner at this great restaurant.  Each time there has been a crowd.  The place is a-hummin’ with cheerful conversation over especially unique food, which is Asian inspired with an East Texas twist.  They are open Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..  Just place your order at the convenient front entry, be seated and relax till the service conscious wait staff deliver your drink and the “taste of your life” Asian fusion.  Wanna do take out?  It’s easy!  Either call in ahead and pick it up or stop by, place your order and have a drink while you wait.  At Three Z you get it your way every time with a 100% guarantee of satisfaction.  And since it’s locally owned, you may speak with Brad, Vanessa or their operating partner, Andrew Griffith, anytime.  Believe me, they want to hear from you.

The “Man’s” partner in crime for putting this super fun group together was good friend Zairah Wooten.  She runs with a group of future professional men and women, "the future of Tyler," who also know how to enjoy life.  There were twelve of us (I was the mascot, 12th man on the field.)  The group began meandering in about 6:15 p.m., and Caleb Hughes started the wine and beer a-comin,’ as the appetizers started landing on the table.  Vanessa tended to us as if we were her own family (Brad, who was cooking in the kitchen, came out to see us, but he was keeling the food on time in the kitchen.) Let me tell ya, Vanessa and Brad treated our group of young professionals like royalty.  Nothing was spared for a delightful evening, and Caleb was on point all night.  He was super as are all the folks at Three Z.

We had a special printed “Man About Town Menu” of four courses, with eleven different items for us to try.  Rhonda Asquistapace, wine rep. for URLO Vineyards, provided the fine new Italian Pinot Grigio (2014) for us.  It was wonderful!  You should know, every dish we tried was superb.  This food is uniquely fantastic. It is beautifully plated, colorful, tasty and hot, straight from the kitchen, and made-to-order. Our feast was topped off with the house specialty desserts of Coconut Crème Brule and Cheese Cake Spring Rolls.  Now those were to die for!

We were stuffed, but Vanessa insisted our guest take the leftovers home, which they gladly did.  Then we sat back and did a round of Saké Shots before leaving.  Whoa!  But the night was not over.  We caravanned the short distance to Cork, Food & Drink for a night cap and then, for some, it was off to Rick's on the Square. Tyler has so much to offer!

Well, if you like Asian food you must try Three Z.  But listen, expect some of what you have had before, but taken to a new and different level.  There are traditional items, but even they are better than ever.

So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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