June 7th, 2011
Revival Market: Baked Goods, Produce, Butchers, and Ethics
Revival Market opened its doors back in March. It promised great tasting ethically treated meats of all kinds, fresh local produce, baked goods from a revolving list of local bakers, and coffees from the Houston areas different roasters. Thus far, it’s not disappointed. They’ve brought together delicious creations from Layla Farms, Slow Dough Bread Company, Fluff Bake Bar, Hugo’s Restaurant, Catalina Coffee, and Houston Dairymaids—I’m sure this list is incomplete. Know of more, add ‘em in the comments.
The quantity and variety of mouth watering local fare is mind boggling. In trying to sample each specialty offered, we had to split this up amongst three of us. Without further ado, let’s go to market.
The stone facade exterior and rugged pine set the tone for my experience as I approach Revival Market. A new establishment with older, decades-perfected ways of doing things.
The Revival Dog is homemade, topped with jalepeno relish and crunchy chicharon all dropped into the softest of Slow Dough pretzel buns. If I had to stop here, I’d say Revival had it right. I’d say it was worth a trip.
But, there’s more. For instance, the Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Home Chips. The shrimp salad is light on mayo and fresh, letting the shrimp speak for themselves in a world of equally pleasing tastes. It’s then given shelter between two thick slices of hearty white bread.
My main reason for stopping into Revival has been to pick up small or specialty grocery items, bread, and the occasional cup of coffee. Being able to buy bread from Slow Dough on my way home from work is great, but also a bit of a problem; my waste-line is starting to show it.
A quick lunch on Saturday at Revival is also a welcome change of pace. The sandwiches are great, but what stood out to me the most was the homemade potato salad. The potatoes are tossed in whole grain mustard and served at room temperature. It’s a wonderful side to my preferred sandwich, the BLT.
There’s a whole array of meats at Revival Market; chicken, beef, duck, turkey, various sausages, the list goes on. With such a selection, it’s hard to try them all in the time since they’ve opened. If you have, my hats off to you. Today, I’m in the market for pork.
Wandering in with fantasies of slow smoking some kind of meat on the electric smoker (don’t hate), was about as far as I had come in my plan for a Saturday’s evening barbeque. The man behind the counter asks me how I’ll be cooking it, for about how many people, and which type of meat I’d prefer. Smoking it for roughly four and half hours, 15-20 people, and because I’d never seen a charcuterie before—pork shoulder or some other comparable cut.
He heads back through the swinging door. Two minutes pass. Out walks the charcutier. The cut of pork they can offer me is a rib roast. I ask if there are any special instructions. Smoke it to your tenderness and taste preferences. You’ll know it’s ready when the skin turns to glass. Skin? Cross cut the skin just to the fat so you’re able to insert the spice rub. Okay.
After having paid a sizable sum of $72, I take my meat and leave. Following the instructions, I use part Revival Market Grill Rub (a mixture of cumin, brown sugar, salt and some other spices I was not able to pin-point) sage, and rosemary… Fast forward five hours and the above picture is what I have. Scrumptious! It fed 17 people and then allowed my wife and me three days of pork heavy meals.
Where – The Heights – 550 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008 (Map)
What – Ethical meats (and advice on how to cook them for your occasion), locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, coffee, and sandwiches.
Wear – Shoes and shirt more than likely required. Other than that, do what you do.
How Much – Coffee and muffin $4. Sandwich. Cut of pork rib roast able to feed 17 people $72. Overall, things are slightly more expensive. Sustainability, locally grown produce, and ethically raised livestock tend to cost more.
Hours – Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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