Z’Mariks Noodle Café was born in May 2002 in Iowa City, Iowa. Owners Dave and Ellie Allen had a dream of creating a dining destination that united fresh food with fast service for an affordable price. As Iowa natives, they embraced their roots and sought to build a family friendly business that felt like home to their customers. Z’Mariks (zee – mare – icks) name is one of the ingredients for originality in this restaurant concept. The name Z’Mariks is derived from the Greek word for pasta. Several years ago, Dave was trying to learn Greek for his wife, Ellie, and he mispronounced the Greek word for pasta “Zimarika” as Z’Mariks and so the name was born! uniqueness of this restaurant name tells you that it’s not like any other noodle bowl joint. Come in for a visit! Taste and see how Z’Mariks Noodle Café celebrates the best of Iowa…fresh food, friends and family.