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Z's Smokin Bonez Opens in Maple Grove

The new smoked meats shop in Maple Grove has its grand opening July 21 and July 22, including a variety of activities.

Smoked meat sandwiches topped with macaroni and cheese. Homemade cornbread drenched in melted butter. Beef brisket chili. These are the staples at Z's Smokin Bonez--Dave and Misty Zapf's newest restaurant located on the corner of County Road 30 and Dunkirk Lane in Maple Grove.

But the menu items do more than wet taste buds. For the couple, they carry heavy meaning.

Dave and Misty's 9-year-old daughter, Addie, created the Whole Hog Hoagie. Their 14-year-old son, Harper, dreamed up the Big Pig Wrap. The recipe for the corn bread comes from the store manager's boyfriend, Rob Zieski.

Misty thought of the Whole Hog Hoagie at a barbecue competition in Owatanna.

"My favorite food is mac and cheese and grilled cheese," Misty said. "So I thought, why not put mac and cheese on our sandwich?"

Taking his daughter's advice, Dave brought the creation to Z's Smokin Bonez and, so far, it's a customer favorite.

"Our kids were basically raised at J Cousineau's," Dave said, referring to the Maple Grove bar that the couple owned for 15 years. "The hours were getting long, especially managing the bar area, so we sold it in March and opened this place in June."

While opened for business on June 11, the grand opening of the store is July 20. 

"I have no idea what to expect for the grand opening," Dave said. "We sent out 15,000 fliers, so we'll see." According to the flier, the business will have a Saturday noon ribbon cutting, face painting, an inflatable, Kids' Art on Stick and more during the grand opening weekend.

If you're looking for meat drenched in spicy sauce, try another restaurant. "We don't use sauces on our meats," Dave said. "We use all dry rubs, which really brings out the flavor of the meat. If the meat is smothered in sauce, the sauce is all you taste." 

Another difference between Z's and other barbecue joints? There isn't a grill in the shop. "We smoke all of our meat," Dave said. "That's what really makes us different."

Overall, Dave said he's looking for honesty in his customers. "I really want to know what people think of our food," he said. "I ask everyone who walks in here how their food is. So far, everyone seems to really like it."

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Karen July 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
ZBones are smokin good. karen
Rita Kay Stoffel Johnson July 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
We were not impressed. Beef was very dry and the bun was so dried out as to not being edible. When this was brought to the attnetion of the servers, not much response. I'm from the South where BBQ is king and one of the big ingredients of true smoked meat is the flavor and AROMA. Neither were present.
Cam July 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I ate here today with another buddy. Not only were we not impressed its safe to say we won't be return customers. The meat itself looked good but was lacking the good smoke taste one would expect. The sandwich I had was the was the "whole hog hoggie"and it had brisket,pulled pork, and mac and cheese pilled on it. I am 100% for the old school coleslaw on my bbq, and didn't think mac and cheese sounded good on meat; guess what I was right. The biggest dissapointment was all four sauces they serve are all terrible. I usually drown any bbq in sauce and here I barely used any. Don't waste your time here.
Drewskie January 23, 2013 at 01:43 AM
My family and I spent a hefty amount on dinner for 3 not long ago. Excited to try a variety of Z's offerings, we were sincerely dissapointed. Z, You're really reaching far to call your product "BBQ". Ribs are rubbery and lack the smoke flavor that defines true BBQ. The brisket you serve may attract more customers if you simply refer to it a "loose meat" - It had zero flavor. Side dishes are oddly assorted, and not as described. How I would have loved to have a great BBQ place so close to home. I guess I'll have to wait, because Z's is certainly not a place we'll be returning to dine. Good luck.
Rita Kay Stoffel Johnson January 23, 2013 at 01:57 AM
We hear you and agree totally. Very disappointing, especially when hyped the way it is. Try Dickies(the Plymouth locaation). Very close to St. Louis BBQ

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