Farm Fresh Goodness at Revival Market

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BLT with thick-cut bacon, arugula, herb mayo, pain de mie bread, with a side of Asian slaw
Revival Market may not immediately come to mind as a lunch destination, but since my visit a couple weeks ago, I've been dying to go back. What started out as a simple girl's lunch turned into a three-hour affair, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

I blame it in part on the coffee, arguably one of the best I've had in Houston. Strong, but smooth, creamy and foamy, and without even a hint of bitterness, my cappuccino was perfection right down to the leaf of coffee art the barista made for me.

We lingered as we took in the comings and goings of shoppers at Revival Market - businessmen, families, couples, girls in workout year, kids, the occasional chef. It was fascinating, so much so, that it's officially my new favorite place for people-watching.

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Revival Market Cappuccino
The friendly atmosphere definitely contributed to drawing out the length of my visit. A smiling Fabio wearing a jaunty hat, who was taking orders when we arrived, stopped by on his break to chat. Adam Garcia, the Chef de Cuisine, popped out of the kitchen long enough to say hello. The owners, Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera, who were floating around the shop that day, stopped by to chat, too. Everyone appeared happy and relaxed, and it was warm and welcoming. It felt like a family.

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Fabio, who was taking orders, was relaxed and smiling
For certain, the pasture-to-plate, farm-to-table food quality was just as promised. Farm-fresh ingredients turned the simple roast chicken and corn salad with basil and queso fresco my friend ordered into something extraordinary. The corn was super sweet and crisp, the shredded chicken full of flavor, the vinaigrette, light yet tangy. One of their new summer menu items, it's something I would order in a heartbeat.

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Roasted chicken and corn salad, with basil and queso fresco
My BLT, made of thick-cut house-made bacon with vine ripe tomatoes, arugula and herbed mayo on a Slow Dough pain de mie bread, was delicious. The pain de mie had a hint of sweetness which balanced the saltiness of the the thick-cut bacon, while the distinctive herbal flavor of the mayo pulled everything together. The bread wasn't toasted, which is what I prefer, but I will know to request that the next time I order a sandwich. A simple side salad of Revival's signature Asian slaw was quite good as well.

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Vegetarian plate with beets, Asian slaw, cucumber salad, cornbread
Despite the fact that I'd just eaten, glimpses of the impressively large Revival Dog, made of Mangalitsa pork and served on a Slow Dough pretzel bun, had me salivating. A colorful vegetarian platter at an adjacent table piqued my interest as well. I wanted to order more, but didn't have room for anything besides the chocolate cupcake with salted caramel frosting, a to-die-for Fluff Bake Bar creation by pastry chef Rebecca Masson that I can never get enough of.

It takes me about 45 minutes to get to The Heights from where I live, but I'm making it my mission to go back to Revival Market as often as I can. Too often, we indulge ourselves with overly processed foods, but at Revival, you can feel good about giving your body healthy, fresh food.

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Revival Market produce section
The seating area inside is small but cozy, reminding me of the European cafes I loved to frequent when traveling abroad. They have a new patio seating area equipped with ceiling fans for those who want to brave the heat and sit outside. As for me, I'll be happy inside with a cup of coffee and pretty much anything from the kitchen.



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Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Applebees Coupon

After reading this article, I am also planning to visit Revival whenever I get the chance to travel to Houston.

Roy
Roy

Mia, wonderful article!!! The pictures accompanying actually made me want to go their, now!!! Great job thanks!

wildabriggs
wildabriggs

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Christine Ha
Christine Ha

I have yet to dine here but I love the market side of things.  So happy to have this open up not too far from me.  Now I need to get there and sit down and try their menu instead of sampling everything at the charcuterie counter.

JaredMaidenberg
JaredMaidenberg

I agree the BLT was the best BLT ever (& I don't do bread very often but it was so worth it here), the service is efficient & super friendly , atmosphere is excellent (like a small cozy European Cafe/Market) & the amount of Local product (supporting small local family farms/farmers) is right on! 

Knitting Reader
Knitting Reader

I need to get back there. The BLT may have been the best sandwich that I've ever eaten.

Ali
Ali

Love it. I'm such a fan. The bread. The meat. The coffee. All of it. And I run in to people I know there all the time. AND I love the grocery sacks. I know that's a weird thing to like, but I hate plastic crap bags you get most places. I love the sturdy brown paper bag with a handle. I holds my loaves of multigrain and brioche bread perfectly without tipping, tearing or spilling.

Dragana
Dragana

Yes, the Chicken and corn salad is very good.  Salumi, cheeses and bread by Slow Dough are excellent!  I love the friendly service and familiarity of the place and I see someone I know every time...and you're right, it is the only place in Houston that has the feel of a small European cafe and market. 

ArchieLeach
ArchieLeach

I've been meaning to stop by considering I live just down the street.  This post and the pictures though, mmmm, I'm there.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

I'm all for traveling for good food. But thats the best compliment I can get. Thanks and bon appetit! 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Thx Katharine, I try to let the pictures do most of the talking.

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