Revival Market: More Than Just Basics

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I want to sip on this stuff out of a brandy snifter.
It's hard to decide what I like more about Revival Market right now: The fact that I can do normal, weekly shopping at the store, picking up fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy along the way, or the fact that I can indulge in some unexpected goodies while I'm there -- and I don't just mean the expertly drawn cortados from Frank Freeman.

Week before last, I found myself in need of several pounds of organic chicken feet for making chicken stock. Through the magic of social media, I direct-messaged Revival Market and asked if they could set some aside for me. A few days later, I received a message back that my feet were ready for pickup. Chuckling at how transformative a medium Twitter has become, I excitedly planned to pick them up that weekend.

I left Revival Market the following Saturday morning not only with six pounds of organic chicken feet for about $14, but also with a jar of mayhaw jam and another of freshly pickled beets. Had I gone in for those items? No. But was I thrilled to see old East Texas favorites out on the shelf like that, lying in wait as if I was in an episode of This Is Your Life? Absolutely.

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For the pie-maker on the run.
You can't get mayhaw jelly -- or jam, for that matter -- anywhere else in Houston. If I'm wrong about this, someone please correct me in the comments section so that I can go buy all of it this afternoon. And it's little surprises like this that make Revival Market more than just a useful place for me; it's become a destination, an ever-rotating interactive exhibit of food that's cleverly and enthusiastically cultivated. And best of all, you can take it home with you.

The market also smartly caters to people who appreciate this kind of food -- locally grown or produced, carefully sourced from places all around the state -- but who don't always have a surfeit of time. Witness ready-to-go pie dough made with Mangalitsa lard, or pre-made pizzas topped with local vegetables and pepperoni.

And, of course, there are basics too. What good would a market be if you couldn't pick up salt and sugar in addition to your produce? Revival Market makes a fair amount of its own pantry-stocking necessities like Worcestershire sauce, jams, jellies and other condiments, lining the shelves in silver-clamped Weck jars. You can't buy these basics in any other store, but you can taste the love that's in every single jar -- two things that would make the goodies priceless, except for the equally wonderful fact that they're not. They're just as much as you'd pay in a regular grocery store.

Maybe that's what I like the most about Revival Market right now: The fact that the market has made eating local food accessible in all aspects, not just in terms of popularity. Shopping at Revival Market and eating responsibly is finally becoming financially accessible, too.

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Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Superbanality
Superbanality

I'm definitely going over to Revival as soon as. As for mayhaw (quit auto correcting me - it's a real word!) jelly I've found it at the downtown Specs.

Anon
Anon

I wish they'd list ingredients on their prepared foods though. I tried their hummus and it was bizarre — very salty but also a strange other flavor like maybe there's stock or something in it? — so now I have to make another trip just to ask what's in it!

Ali
Ali

I go for the Slough Dough bread. So amazingly awesome fantabulous. That multigrain toasted all up with a little butter? DIVINE. The brioche used to make french toast or grilled cheese is to die for.

lilbakeronline
lilbakeronline

i agree, the honey is unbelievable! i used some in cookies recently and decided i need one jar for baking and one just to eat. i've also picked up the lard to use in my pie crusts which has now taken my pies to an entirely new level. i can't gush enough. this is such a beautiful store. they truly care and put thought into each and every item available. well done guys!

TheBurden
TheBurden

Don't forget, among the bright list of reasons you mentioned to visit this amazing new market, that the music played there is local too, along with Hank Williams and other greats.

Hala
Hala

I had to ask Morgan where they got all that awesome music. He said the Lonestar Jukebox guy made him a playlist just for the store.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I've started going to Revival Market weekly for local milk and eggs, as well as their magnificent bacon. They have the best parmesan cheese I've ever tasted. And last trip I got some "Heights Honey" which is just unbelievable. I'm so in awe of the place. It's a real treasure!

Nicole
Nicole

You can get mayhaw jelly at the Houston Dairymaids warehouse.

txcanario
txcanario

sure it is expensive but, at least for me, when you eat really good quality food you are satisfied with smaller quantities.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It's funny you should say that. Stay tuned for a post this afternoon I think you'll appreciate. :)

Cheflambo
Cheflambo

Keep and eye on those Weck jars during transport. I bought some pickled carrots there a few weeks ago, and after a sudden stop on the way home, I found that half the "brine" from the carrots was in the not-moisture-reisistant tote bag I bought to carry them in.

Dean Peckenpaugh
Dean Peckenpaugh

The place is expensive - no doubt - so I haven't been able to sample everything they offer. But their Housemade Worchestershire is good enough to snack on by the spoonful.

Eric Burns
Eric Burns

Theiss Farm Market in Spring usually has mayhaw jelly. I got a couple of jars there awhile back.

Cheri Adair Britton
Cheri Adair Britton

Since I moved to Houston from the UK I've lost quite a bit of weight. I don't trust the food here, and buying food that isn't genetically modified, covered in poisons, or shot up with hormones and fed rubbish isn't cheap. Maybe this is the answer to my fears and allergies. Eat right, take less pills.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

House-made pepperoni? Hmmmm. I'd like to try that. I've never had successful pepperoni that wasn't imported, but I'm open minded! :-)

Nate
Nate

14 bucks for 6 pounds of chicken feet? Thats some expensive stock. How much did you make?

What do you mean by "eating responsibly"? Eating lots of veggies, watching the sodium and saturated fat intake? Or do you mean some locavore, humanely slaughtered meat philosophy?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

And I should mention that Revival also sells stock, if you're not in the wing-and-feet-boiling mood.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Good question. I mean pretty much everything you listed above.

Also, the stock is cut with chicken wings. Half wings, half feet. :)

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