I stopped by the newly opened Fresh Market last night after Sushi Jin.
It's been open a week in the former Rice Epicurean on Memorial between the tollway and Gessner.
I like it.
Nicely designed, clean, modern, efficient. LOTS of prepared foods and semi-prepared foods.
Some good prices, (a carton of button mushrooms for $0.99, a package of three hearts of romaine for $2.50), and some ridiculous prices, (Duke's mayo for $4.99!).
Nice cheese selection, bulk bins, etc.
I suspect it will be an every-couple-of-weeks-on-the-way-home-from-work-stop for me. (Which is far more than I can say for the Rice it replaces.)
Two Saints - If you have ever been there and liked it, I strongly suggest you go back soon, as I can't imagine it will be around much longer.
I wasn't even going to bother telling this tale, as I suspect that Darwin will be resolving it soon, but as it's almost next door to Fresh Market... well... what the heck?
We had a family dinner there a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night. My aunt, (who lives the life of Riley in the Caribbean), had been talking up this place and as she was in town, insisted we meet there for a dinner. It reminded her of Europe she said, where she and my uncle frequently visit. The atmosphere, the food, the BYOB wine...she just loved it.
So we make reservations for five at 5:30, (opening). We arrive and no surprise, we are the only party there. (I mean they just opened and it's five freaking thirty for goodness sakes!)
My aunt had been bragging on their prime rib, only available Friday and Saturday. We ask if it's ready and the waiter/maitre informs us that we're in luck! He has exactly five portions left.
Didn't you just open?
Ah..."yesterday's" prime rib. Got it.
So my aunt, uncle and brother order the prime rib. My mother orders the macaroni and cheese, a dish she'd had there before. I ordered only a salad and a bowl of crab and corn bisque. (I was down to 200.4 lbs. this morning from a high of about 215. Yay me!)
Anyway, the meat was OK. A little overdone. The mashed potatoes that came along side were absolutely horrid. I have no idea how old THEY were, but they weren't made to order, that's for sure. They had that old, crumbly, dry texture of refrigerated mashed potatoes. Unappetizing to say the least.
I'm sure there must have been some kind of vegetable on the side, but I really don't recall. Mom's mac and cheese was very good. It had bacon and jalapeno's in it. Excellent.
Worth $18? Uhm.
My salad and bisque were very good. I have no complaints about MY food at all.
We drank a few bottles of our own wine. Well, I had iced tea, but I'm a sip, doncha know?
We left around 7:30 and were still the only table in the place.
So like I said, if YOU like it, go soon. I can't imagine that they will hold out much longer.
P.S. My aunt was very disappointed and apologetic as if she were at fault. She even asked if I was going to write on here about it.
I probably lied.
(Balance deleted at the insistence of the Chowhound Moderator.)