More Salt, new eats, and a canning lesson: This week’s restaurant news

Photo: Megan J. Headley Photo: Megan J. Headley

How interesting!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mellow Mushroom’s “Most Interesting Man in the World” sweepstakes and win the Ultimate Mellow Mushroom Mexican vacation. Through May 5, stop in to the University Avenue location and take the “most interesting” photo with the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man standee and enter to win a trip for two to Cancun, Rivera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, or on a Mexican cruise. For more information, e-mail

Need some Salt?

A new artisan gourmet grocery, Salt Artisan Market, recently opened in the old Simeon Market space at the corner of Milton Road and Thomas Jefferson Parkway, across from Jefferson Vineyards. Dinner at Home chef Ashley East started the new branch of her locally sourced, prepared dinner business to include sandwiches, artisan cheeses, charcuterie, meats, and specialty prepared foods to go. A particular highlight on the menu, “le petite” sandwich, changes weekly, and has included selections such as spinach, apple, brie, and honey mustard on a baguette. Open every day but Monday for breakfast, lunch, and coffee.

Coming soon

Barracks Road Shopping Center will soon welcome two new restaurants featuring fresh foods. Zoe’s Kitchen is Mediterranean-inspired, with recipes originating from the southern kitchen of founder Zoe Cassimus’ Greek heritage. It will offer lunch and dinner, with an array of take-home tubs, catering options, and a dinner for four package, which includes salad, a hot entrée, and a side.

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar features signature burgers with optional wine pairings, gourmet salads, and sides in an upbeat, contemporary atmosphere. A classic burger on the menu includes Manchego cheese and Zinfandel-braised onions served with hand-cut fries or sweet potato fries with yogurt dressing. There will be a full bar with cocktails, 18 wines by the glass, and 17 beers, eight of which are on tap. If booze isn’t your thing, Zinburger is also know for its old-fashioned milkshakes and floats.

Can it

The Happy Cook has launched a series of cooking classes, some of which take place at the Barracks Road store, and others require a trip to the farm. Join Becky Calvert on Thursday, May 7, and again on Tuesday, May 28, from 6-7:30pm for “Canning 101.” This hands-on, hot water bath method of canning will get any home cook ready for the gardening season and beyond, with a lesson in canning produce year-round.