Central Point: a city not traveled to by anyone other than those needing to fill up the gas tank and grab a bite to eat; a place to stop when you’ve spotted the “no rest area for 38 miles” sign and you’ve absolutely gotta use the bathroom. Drive down it’s lowly streets, it’s abandoned and gloomy atmosphere, and it’s 1 road “downtown” area and you most likely will pass by my place of employment without even noticing it, a little gem and one of Central Point’s newest restaurants that you’ll surely regret not spotting!
Zen Zen is a Japanese sushi and teriyaki restaurant located on E. Pine St. in between the Pioneer bar and The Purple Parrot. With a sushi list of about 40 rolls, many of which are unique to our restaurant and our sushi chef, you’ll be surprised at the taste adventures that can be had in as little as the $4 to $8 range.
Being a vegetarian, I totally approve the menu: nigiri options (usually raw fish over rice) include avocado or asparagus nigiri on top of the usual tamago (egg omelet…I still haven’t gathered up the courage to try that one though). Beyond the basic cucumber or avocado roll is a Crunchy Asparagus roll, including avocado rolled up in traditional sushi rice and seaweed, and then rolled in a batter of crunchy deliciousness!
Their Bento Box is $10.50 and enough to feed 2 adults and 2 children…really, I’ve seen it myself!
Besides owner Annie Lee’s endearingly broken English and peppy personality, you’re likely to find her 2 adorable kids at the restaurant when school is out for the day.
If you are ever in Central Point, I’d definitely recommend this much needed recent addition! My boyfriend cooks there 3 nights a week, and if you come in on Fridays you’ll get a double dose as we are both there all day! Discounts and freebies guaranteed!