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Zingo

zingocredit.com

Founded Year

2017

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

About Zingo

Zingo is a software service that enables consumers to improve their credit through non-traditional data reporting.On June 8th, 2021, Zingo was acquired by Credit Sesame. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquarters Location

107 SE Washington St Suite 640

Portland, Oregon, 97214,

United States

888 870 9618

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Latest Zingo News

PETE TITTL: Make pit stop for pit-style beef at Zingo's Cafe

May 13, 2022

BY PETE TITTLFor The Californian May 13, 2022 1 of 11 The distinctive neon sign for Zingo's can be spotted by passers-by from Highway 99. This homestyle diner is located at 3201 Buck Owens Blvd. Eliza Green / The Californian The retro atmosphere of Zingo's Café gives the illusion of being frozen in time. The seemingly unchanging café makes you feel transported to diners and pit-stops of the 1950s. Eliza Green / The Californian Eliza Green / The Californian The interior walls of Zingo's Cafe are peppered with memorabilia including a signed photo of Merle Haggard, upper right. Eliza Green / The Californian Eliza Green / The Californian Coffee is brewed all day at Zingo Cafe, which also advertises a burger special, served from 2 to 5 p.m., for $5.75, including coffee, tea or soft drink. Eliza Green / The Californian Step back in time at Zingo's Cafe with its retro atmosphere that evokes the diners of the 1950s. Eliza Green / The Californian Eliza Green / The Californian Zingo's Cafe stands proud against the newer businesses that have turned up on Buck Owens Boulevard in recent years. Eliza Green / The Californian The truck wash directly behind Zingo's Cafe helps lend credibility to their self-description as an "old-school pit stop. "  Eliza Green / The Californian Longtime patron Jim Edwards enjoys a burger in a sunlit booth. Edwards said he continues to come to Zingo's for the classic atmosphere and classic food. Eliza Green / The Californian In recent years, the development on Buck Owens Boulevard has been astonishing, with Temblor Brewing Co., The BLVD, revamped hotels and a multistory medical building going up to turn what used to be Pierce Road into a real impressive commercial district. Standing proud against all that progress like one of those small houses surrounded by skyscrapers is the venerable old coffee shop Zingo's Cafe, still busy with regulars who want food just the way they always had it served with "I've got to get back to work" speed by a staff that looks like they've been there as long as the place has been pulling in customers. On the restaurant's Facebook page, the self-described "long-standing, old-school pit stop" touts its "homestyle American eats (that) are served in a retro atmosphere." That's a very accurate summary of what Zingo's brings to the table. Sure, there's an IHOP, a Denny's and a Starbucks down the road, but if you want old-school Bakersfield, you've got to stop here, and if you've got a truck, there's a handy truck wash behind the building that always seems to be busy. My favorite menu item is the pit-style beef melt, which is found on the cafe's whiteboards with the day's special written on them with black markers and changed as the day goes on. Think of a grilled sandwich with their pit-style beef, lots of cheese and crunchy sourdough bread. Order this if it's on the board. On our Saturday visit, when melts weren't available, my companion got the next best thing: a pit-style beef sandwich ($10.25) on a toasted French roll. The pit-style beef here is the best we've sampled outside of Jake's. Jake's gives you a few more crunchy bites mixed in, but the Zingo's version is exceedingly moist and just as smoky. It's their hidden specialty, really. And the french fries served with it seemed fresh-cut. That morning, I ordered the chicken-fried steak with eggs ($12.95) with the gravy on the side. Why the gravy on the side? To better judge the crispiness of the steak, and it was really interesting to say the least. Just across the street at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, they have the best chicken-fried steak I've ever had in my travels around this country, so I was expecting something similar, if not as large at this reasonable price. The exterior was indeed crispy but completely separating from the cube steak inside it. Most curious. There was a time when many believed Zingo's offered the best biscuits and gravy in town, but this gravy seemed like a vegan version. Creamy flour is what it tasted like. I could see an occasional black pepper speck and I did find what looked like a strand of ham in the mix, but the taste wasn't there. I'm sure it's healthier than what I prefer, but this is Zingo's, and I just didn't expect that. The sourdough toast was slathered with plenty of butter and the eggs over medium were expertly prepared. Although the country potatoes served with the steak were soft and adequately fried, they had no onions or peppers and very little orange seasoning salt. It reminded me of something you might encounter in a hospital cafeteria, where the staff was under strict orders not to overexcite the taste buds of the patients. In contrast, I was recently in Santa Barbara at Chad's (formerly Sambo's) and got similar potatoes flavored with caramelized white onion stands, garlic, sesame seeds and a sprinkling of chopped green onions on top. Quite a contrast. I love that the place has not been remodeled or jazzed up, still has booths with all these tiny ads underneath a plexiglass sheet like most coffee shops used to do in order to bring in extra revenue. There are all sorts of car culture homages on the walls, including what looks like a copy of the ticket James Dean got before he died in his famous accident, right near a poster of him. Lots of black-and-white pictures of old race cars, the kind of authentic atmosphere chain coffee shops wish they had. The staff were all wearing black T-shirts with "Support Local" on the back. Pete Tittl's Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at pftittl@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: @pftittl.

Zingo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Zingo founded?

    Zingo was founded in 2017.

  • Where is Zingo's headquarters?

    Zingo's headquarters is located at 107 SE Washington St, Portland.

  • What is Zingo's latest funding round?

    Zingo's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Zingo?

    Investors of Zingo include Credit Sesame.

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