Revival Market, a hybrid locally-sourced grocer, butcher shop, coffee shop and restaurant, has taken the burgeoning interest in local and organic food in Houston and brought it to a logical and truly exciting conclusion — a 21st-century version of a classic neighborhood market. Revival wows with a mix of clean lines and rustic touches, including pine paneling reclaimed from a former Heights home and stunning bouquets of cotton atop some of the counters. Co-owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber have assembled a who's-who of local venders to stock the shelves, including fresh breads delivered twice daily from Houston's Slow Dough Bread Co., cheeses from the Houston Dairymaids, dairy products from When Back When Dairy ad Lucky Layla, sweets from Rebecca Masson's Fluff Bake Bar plus produce, fresh flowers, olive oil and more. But Pera is doing more than working the counter. Revival has a menu of sandwiches that range from andouille banh mi to a Market BLT and a smoked mangalitsa hot dog, plus salads, soups and sides, all prepared fresh to be eaten in Revival's small café seating area or front patio. For a grab-and-go meal, Pera is offering a full case of goodies like Gulf shrimp salad, mac and farmstead cheese, Southern-style cornmeal, Mangalitsa porchetta, and local baby carrot salad.
The idea for Revival was originally a butcher shop, so the meat counter is predictably impressive. It has the first dry curing room of any retail shop in Houston, with a selection of salumi, and will feature pork from Revival Meats but also other high-end meats like quail, duck and rabbit.