Full disclosure, y'all: my heart is heavy right now. My brain has felt extremely full all week following coverage of the all-too-familiar murders in Louisiana and Minnesota as well as the less routine but still senseless ones in Dallas. Each hit close to home for me as a black woman and a Texan. As always, prayer and food have been helpful for me and even though no problems have been resolved, my hope (and I still have hope!) is that momentum has been gained and change is coming.
With that said, I won't talk [or write] a whole lot this week. I'll just try to let the pictures speak for themselves. All you need to know about MKT Bar is that you HAVE to go. Like...you must. I sampled a plethora of their menu items, including an unparalleled veggie pizza, and toured the attached Phoenicia Foods market which is an experience all by itself. I have visited the Westchase location (around the corner from my house) before but I enjoyed MKT Bar so much that I sent my friends to their Saturday morning cartoons themed brunch. They fell in love too and we plan to go back for a Wednesday Vinyl & Vino, which features $5 glasses of wine and a local DJ. During my initial visit, Mr. Chris of The Soul Brother Show was spinning and I got my entire life to a Prince-infused funk mix. See my favorite dishes below and keep scrolling for the next-level grocery store goodies.
Veg Out Pizza: Crispy brussels sprouts, goat cheese, and basil pesto are the stars here.
Za'atar Shoestring Fries: Yes, that is lemon zest on the fries!
Roasted Half Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Brussels Sprouts: If you aren't yet persuaded to visit, I don't know what more I can say.
The Dark Knight and Warm Apple Baklava
Charcuterie and the Melon Cooler cocktail
Grocery Store Tour
Have you visited MKT Bar, Phoenicia Foods (Downtown or Westchase)? Thanks for reading!