Have you guys seen Jurassic World yet?
But but BUT it has dinosaurs! And Chris Pratt! And the original Jurassic Park theme song! I mean, what's not to love?
So while I'll own up to the fact that I *occasionally* have bad taste in movies, I like to think that I have pretty good taste in food.
Revival Market for dinner prior to seeing a show put on by the Stark Naked Theatre Company (which, theatre-lovers, I definitely recommend seeing a show there. And I went to school for theatre once upon a time, so hopefully I have decent taste in it?).
Shockingly, this devout Coltivare Enthusiast had never been to Revival Market before!
So I was pumped to try out their new dinner menu!
(which, let's be honest, it was going to be new to me regardless of whether it began a month ago or ten years ago.)
The hummus was delightful and wonderfully textured with peanuts. On its own it was outstanding, but paired with the carrots it was pure magic. I'm usually a carb on carb on carb on carb on carb kind of gal, so I expected to sop it all up with the bread. However, the pickled carrots were tart, earthy, and wonderfully acidic in all the right ways. I've never loved dipping a raw vegetable in hummus so much. The contrast was explosively fantastic.
Oh and you see the glass of wine up there? Revival Market is BYOB, at least for now, my lovers.
While I certainly enjoyed the cheese, particularly the one coated in coffee grounds, the plate as a whole left me wanting more. The accompanying berries, olive, marmalade, etc. didn't particularly floor me, and I would have preferred a larger quantity of cheese. This is, however, technically a dessert, so the portion size is understandable. And there is an appetizer-sounding cured plate on the menu, but it's basically a bunch of meats with cucumber and ricotta. I would love to see a larger portioned cheese plate as an appetizer, as I know coming from these folks it would be outstanding.
But I was able to get a side of local lettuces?
Because I ordered the summer squash salad, which I thought was vegetarian, but I (stupidly) missed the word HAM in the description.
The effects of BYOB on the brain, y'all.
Okay, but here's where things take a turn for the awesome.
For dessert we split a slice of buttermilk pie and bread pudding. The nutty, lightly crunchy topping on the thick, cinnamon-y bread pudding gave it almost a coffee cake-like texture/taste. The buttermilk pie was beautiful and creamy, with a wonderfully flaky crust. Of the two, I preferred the bread pudding, while Kate preferred the pie, and Jessica alternated between the two. I thought the pie could use a little more flavor, but I did appreciate how both desserts were not insanely sweet. They were earthy, comforting, and approachable, with just a hint of sweetness!
While I did have some trouble finding veg-friendly options at Revival Market, I totally understand that this is a place that is applauded for its next-level meat dishes. And my experiences with the fresh hummus, unique broccoli, and satisfying bread pudding made the whole visit worthwhile. That, and the good company! And the great service.
And, um, the BYOB. Everyone loves a BYOB.