My grandmother was a terrible cook. Her hamburger patty skidded across the plate like a hockey puck. Not so with Sonia Race's grandmother. Both of hers were chefs, so she's dedicated her cute new restaurant, Zina's Healthy Corner, to them and to her mom, Zina.
Sonia has transformed the tiny space, formerly a hot dog stand, into an al fresco cafe serving freshly prepared Mediterranean food. Kebabs and luleh make up the lion's share of the menu, but house specialties like fava bean rice, homemade yogurt salads, vegetarian wraps and breakfast crepes make Zina's Healthy Corner a step outside the norm.
It is a little strange to eat Zina's hearty, dinner-worthy food outside, and from a Styrofoam box, while traffic whizzes by on Foothill Boulevard, but Sonia's warm and welcoming nature make you feel like you're simply out on the family patio, a nicely redecorated one at that, with awnings and heat lamps. She keeps running back to the kitchen to get a side of tzatziki or more iced tea while keeping up a friendly conversation. The iced tea is fresh-brewed, and the cucumber-mint tzatziki ($3) boasts thick, creamy yogurt made that morning.