The Zookeeper Bistro at Leaf Festival

Tanya and John Sapori of the Zookeeper Bistro in Cashiers invite you to once gain enjoy their delicious crab cakes at this year’s 3rd Annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival.

In a scant three years, Tanya Walker and John Saporito have turned their Zookeeper Bistro into something of a Cashiers institution.

Part of that is the wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

That menu boasts unforgettable favorites that John learned over the years in the kitchens at such storied restaurants as The Mansion in New Jersey and The Buena Vista Palace at Walt Disney World.

One of Zookeeper’s favorite dishes will be served up at the Cashiers Leaf Festival, being staged this month in Cashiers. This particular savory dish was offered last year at the Festival’s Inauguration and proved so popular that throughout 2011 festival veterans were showing up at The Bistro asking if this is the place where they “could find those crab cakes.”

With the Dinner Season winding down at the end of October, Tanya is anxious to remind her customers that The Zookeeper Bistro offers a remarkable Breakfast menu throughout the morning (and even into the Lunch hours).   You’ll find hearty favorites like pancakes, omelets, and Eggs Benedict – a marvelous way to set the course of your day.

But as irresistible as the menu is, that’s only part of The Zookeeper’s formula.

John and Tanya themselves are the other half. They’ve created a warm, inviting space where confidences are exchanged and the news running through the Cashiers community is shared.

“We’ve come to know and treasure the people who make this such a great place – both the locals and the summer people,” says Tanya. “We’ve enjoyed meeting everyone and getting to know them – I guess that’s one of the great things about an intimate restaurant – you can’t help but get close to your diners.”  

The Zookeeper Bistro is open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although dinner disappears for the season at the end of the month)  and on Sundays for brunch.  It’s located in the Mountain Laurel Shoppes on Slabtown Road in Cashiers.

by Luke Osteen

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