By Rachel Montoya

For more than nine years, Zin American Bistro ( has been delighting guests with their inspired menu and extensive wine selection. Last week it was announced that Zin Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013 Image received the Wine Spectator 2013 Award of Excellence, its eighth consecutive year to receive that honor.

To complement its award-winning wine selection, Zin announced the addition of a variety of new menu items. “We are very proud of our wine selection, and feel it’s important to provide our guests with food that we are equally proud of,” says Mindy Reed, owner of Zin American Bistro.

“We’re committed to serving food that delights the palate by combining the very best ingredients,” says Executive Chef, Christopher Bowman, “and that includes fresh-sourcing as many ingredients as possible for that authentic richness in flavor.”


One example of such fresh-sourcing is the recent change to using California-based Mary’s Free-Range Organic Air Chilled Chickens, first in the industry to be Non-GMO Project Verified and is 5-Step Rated. The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards Program structure encourages higher welfare practices and systems to the benefit of farmers, consumers, retailers, and the animals, according to the company’s website, “As soon as we read about Mary’s Chickens, we knew we found our new source for poultry,” says Reed.

The chicken is featured in several dishes on Zin’s menu including the Macadamia Chicken Schnitzel and the new Honey Roasted Half Mary’s Chicken with truffle jus. “Each recipe highlights the quality and flavor that is unique to Mary’s Chicken,” says Reed. All of Zin’s meats are hormone-free and from sustainable farms, and all its seafood comes from fresh sustainable sources. Vegetables are sourced from local California farmers.

In addition, Zin’s fresh-sourced menu features new starter items such as Tempura Bay Scallop on Japanese eggplant in a Sriracha oil with a soy mirin reduction and Lemon Crab Cakes with papaya and cucumber slaw and chili aioli. On the entrée side, you can enjoy the new Market Filet Mignon with three peppercorn sauce, potato croquette and Farmers’ Market vegetables or try the Sand Dabs on sautéed chard and lemon beurre blanc. A number of other new starters, salads, burgers and entrées are available as well, including the Stuffed Portabella filled with tofu, walnuts, tomato and mushrooms over a tomato sauce.

Along with tried and true guest favorites like the Free Range Rabbit, The Original Zin Burger and a side of the Truffle Frites, guests are sure to be delighted with the new additions to the restaurant’s quality offerings.

Zin American Bistro is an award-winning restaurant in Downtown Palm Springs. Zin American Bistro is owned by Mindy Reed and is sister restaurant to Alicante in Palm Springs. Zin is located at 198 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. For reservations call 760-322-6300 or book online at For information on Mary’s Free Range Chicken visit