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Looking for a quick, tasty, and inexpensive meal? Then Zip's Cafe is the right place. This small tavern with a homey atmosphere has been serving burgers in Mt. Lookout Square for the better part of a century. The restaurant is family-friendly with personable servers and a model train running steadily along over diners' heads.
I decided to sample the standard fair with a Zips Burger and fries—both of which did not disappoint. The burger was cooked perfectly and was plenty tasty. While it might not have been the largest or most delicious burger in the world, it certainly fit the bill at just $4.00.
In addition to the standard burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads on the menu, the tavern catered to a real variety of restaurant-goers when we were there. From couples to solos to families, it certainly looked like Zip's appealed to just about everyone. So, if you're in the neighborhood and hungry, stop by for a bite!
Zip’s feels like that neighborhood burger place that you always wish your neighborhood had. The front is a casual burger joint that sticks to the basics. There appears to be a bar in the back room, although we didn’t get around to checking it out.
It’s not a particularly classy place, not that a burger place should be. The condiments are on the tables in recycled six packs. There’s a train running on a track around the top of the dining room. The waitresses are what you might expect in a diner. But the food is good, and the atmosphere is comfortable. It is no more and no less than exactly how it presents itself: a neighborhood burger place. And it does that very well. The burgers are good and the fries were the right mix of crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. When I’m next in the neighborhood and in the mood for a burger, as people have been for almost a hundred years, I’ll be grabbing one at Zip’s Café.