We have a variety of fabulous restaurants at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, but every now and then we wander off of our oceanfront resort property and enjoy some of the island’s other eateries. I must admit four times out of five, we find ourselves at Bar Zin, one of the local’s favorites. And obviously one of ours too! The restaurant is located in Palmetto Walk, just a couple of miles north of the resort.
When we go for lunch I usually get the BLT with the truffle fries. Since French fries are one of my favorite food groups, I have tasted quite a few varieties – and I would put these up against any other! Of course the truffle oil makes them special, but being topped with parmesan cheese really puts them in a class by themselves. And, although it isn’t listed on the menu, you can add a fried egg to the BLT and it becomes decadently delicious. (Feel free to say Alayna recommended adding the fried egg!) Other lunch favorites of mine are the local shrimp salad roll, the oyster po boy and the bleu cheese burger. Yummy!
However, the inspiration for this blog came from a dinner we had at Bar Zin last Friday night. It had been a long week, so we wanted to go to our neighborhood bistro, find a lovely table outside on the verandah and enjoy a nice glass of wine. OK, we wanted a whole bottle. So, we asked Tim Seyda, the chef owner of Bar Zin, to recommend a light, crisp bottle of white. He presented us with Gérar Bertrand, Picpoul De Pinet of France, 2011. It was exactly what we wanted. At only $35 per bottle, it was a great value too.
Now that we were relaxed, we grew hungry. So, we decided to dine there too. My friends both ordered the Chicken Marsala, which I must say was delectable. I ordered the Mushroom Risotto and topped it with lamb. Quite simply amazing! Since Tim did such a wonderful job selecting the white wine, we asked him to recommend a red wine too. This time he selected the Joel Goett – Alakai California red wine blend, 2011. I didn’t think he could top the Picpoul, but he did. I loved the Alakai even more!
Since it was a beautiful summer evening on Amelia Island, we lingered for quite some time enjoying the wine and the company of the other patrons and the staff. You can probably tell from this blog how much we appreciate the food and wine at Bar Zin, but the indoor/outdoor atmosphere must be given accolades too. Tim has absolutely achieved his goal of bringing a quaint little neighborhood bistro to our island. I invite you to discover all of the pleasures of Bar Zin too!