Don’t cry over chopped onions

It’s no question the Mexican food uses a lot of onions...be it in sauces, salsas, fajitas, etc.  Onions are mostly sliced or chopped leading to the enevitable tear up thanks to the eye-irritating sulfuric acid that releases when cut.

So, how can we avoid the flood of tears when prepping onions?! There are tons of silly tips, tricks, and tidbits like holding a piece of bread in your mouth, cutting next to a scented candle, standing on one foot (ok, not ther last one - at least that I’ve yet to see), etc.

But...we have found a few tried and true tecniques that work for us back in the ZuZu Kitchen as we prep daily.  Give then a try and let us know if you have any tricks up your sleeve.

  • Refrigerate or slightly freeze the onions before cutting them. The cold temperatures limits the release of the semi-toxic chemicals and tah-dah, no tears!
  • Use a very sharp knife in order to avoid crushing the onion pieces (which releases more irritating substance into the air).
  • Wear glasses, goggles, or protective eyewear. Might look silly, but does the trick.  
  • Cutting your onions in the the sink under running water will wash away the sulfuric acid while you chop.
  • Cut under the kitchen vent or stove top fan which will suck up the sulfur laced air and direct it away from your eyes. 

Try these hacks and let us know how you fare. And be sure to let us know if you have any eye saving tricks up your sleeve. Happy chopping! 

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Book your spring catering....before it's too late!

Arrrriba!

Did you know that ZuZu offers full service catering? We have options for a small backyard bash, and office lunch, or a large wedding and everything in between. 

I'm partial to the nacho bar, which comes with chips and queso (obvi) and the meat topping of your choice (.my vote is Picadillo and Pulled Pork Carnitas), plus fixings from our famous Salsa Bar. And might I recommend adding some guacamole as the cherry on top.

Check out all of our catering options here. If you don't see what you had in mind, give us a shout and we can help craft the perfect menu for your fiesta! 

But don't wait, between wedding season and graduation parties we are booking up fast.
Email us today at zuzuatxcatering@gmail.com

New Spring & Summer Hours

Spring has sprung here in Austin and with the end of Daylight Savings Time last week, it's time to move to our Spring and Summer Hours.  We'll continue to open at 8am everyday, offering breakfast tacos, migas, and more and will extend our evening hours a bit to enjoy the spring and summer evening

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Fajita Fridays are back!

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Fajita Fridays are back at The Zu. Each and every Friday this winter we will have our all-you-can-eat fajita buffet from 5pm till close (9om). Chicken or Beef (or Veggies upon request) + choice of tortillas, rice and our pureed black beans. Top it all off with pico, salsas, serranos, mexican crema and more from our fresh salsa bar. 

$10 for adults, $5 for kiddos under 12

We offer a variety of beer and wine for sale at The Zu, but we are also BYOB if we don't have the spirit that suits your fancy.

Come see us on Friday nights for family friendly fun!

Kids Eat Free

Monday - Wednesday 5pm - 8pm
Thursday. 5pm - 9pm
2 free kids meals for each adult  platter ordered

Excludes: Grilled Chicken & Kids Pizza

Valid after 5pm. Dine in only/no take outs. Not valid with any other offers (including coupons, Groupons, Happy Hour, etc). No substitutions. Does not include entree add-ons/extras.