Revival Market is the type of place that makes me wish I lived in the Heights.
Having grown up just a neighborhood over, I feel envious that the Heights is now full of cool neighborhood spots that are laidback in atmosphere, but still use quality ingredients in their food. Even though the food costs more than a pretty penny.
Revival is unique in that it’s a self-seating café and craft butcher shop. Over the last week I experienced a little bit of everything it offered, beginning with all-day breakfast.
The buttermilk biscuit sandwich came with bacon and scrambled eggs. For the side I could choose breakfast potatoes or fresh fruit. I went with the former.
The space is set up with a small couch and chair area on one side, perfect for sitting and sipping on coffee. The other side of the café features tall and regular-sized tables. The décor features nods to the butcher shop, with mounted stuffed animal heads.
The wait wasn’t long for my breakfast and coffee, which is called "The New Orleans" on the menu. It was made with espresso, chicory and milk.
Chicory is a plant in the dandelion family and gave the drink an earthy, wood tinge that lightened up my morning.
The biscuit was square and a dark golden brown. Inside the bacon was extra crispy and eggs were just right. The biscuit is aptly named because the buttery flakes of the bread was delicious with the eggs and bacon.
The breakfast potatoes were lightly crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and sprinkled with seasoning. I’m a huge breakfast potato fan (or potato fan in general) and I loved how these turned out.
When I stopped by during lunch time on another day, I got another kind of sandwich. The Garlic & Herb Chicken Sandwich comes with chicken breast, roasted tomatoes, red romaine and garlic aioli on sourdough bread. On the side I ordered the broccoli salad, which is charred broccoli with red onion, almonds, chili and lime.
The sourdough on the sandwich was toasted, which was a nice touch. The sandwich was straightforward, but what kicks it into a higher level is the garlic aioli. While there was a tad too much on mine — it got everywhere — that garlic flavor made the sandwich.
The broccoli salad was my favorite side. I thought the combination of the vegetable with spice and lime made me experience broccoli in a new way.
I also ended up grabbing another specialty coffee — the Honey Lavender, which is made with espresso, local honey, lavender bitters and milk. The person who made the drink did a great job of balancing the ingredients, but the lavender was the most prominent, which I liked.
My lunch was to-go, and it held up well in its containers and was still warm when I got home to try it out.
I couldn’t visit Revival Market with perusing the butcher shop offerings. I left with a steak that was packaged in a marinade of herbs, garlic, lemons and peppers, a link of Texas sausage and a piece of pig leg that my dad asked for so he could use it to flavor beans at home.
The meat cooked wonderfully. I enjoyed the quality of both the steak and the sausage. The marinade had really soaked into the steak and gave it a great taste, especially of garlic, which I love smothering my steak with.
I’ll definitely be back at revival, whether it be for breakfast, lunch, fresh meat or just a coffee.
Address: 550 Heights Blvd.
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Alcohol: Sparkling wine
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Garlic & Herb Chicken Sandwich