August 2014 Update: Read this October 2013 Indy article for the latest update on Market Restaurant.
June 2013 Update: Great news! I re-visited Market’s website and read this newsflash: “Two highly decorated companies, Market Restaurant & Green Planet Catering, have merged to open an entirely new concept to the downtown Raleigh area. The Market – Restaurant, Grocery & Catering will contain a 93 seat restaurant, 1500+ square feet of retail & grocery, an in-house butcher, & prepared foods; all while maintaining an increased capacity for catering thru a 2500sq foot, highly functional kitchen. Projected completion slated for early summer & build out has already begun on Franklin St. in Person St. Plaza.” I am a fan of both of these establishments, and therefore am excited about this joint venture. Looking so forward to visiting this new facility once it opens.
Where: Market Restaurant, 938 N. Blount Street, Downtown Raleigh, NC, 27604
GF Menu: Yes! While it’s not a separate GF Menu, the ever-changing (according to the seasons) menu denotes what is Gluten-Free with a (g) next to each approved item. Vegetarian friends, you may be delighted to learn that there is also a (v) next to Meat-Free options.
What I ate: Chipotle and Dill Marinated Skirt Steak Salad served with a Tomato Chutney Dressing from the Lunch Menu
How to order it: On their website, they thoughtfully advise:
We want to make your dining experience enjoyable and comfortable, so please let us know if there is any way we can accommodate your dietary preferences or restrictions. Also be sure to advise your server of any food allergies at the time your order is placed.
While we make every attempt to keep the menu on our website up-to-date, actual items and ingredients are subject to change based on availability. Chef Chad is committed to using fresh, local ingredients wherever possible.
It couldn’t be easier. Select a menu item with a (g) next to it, and let the server know that you are dining Gluten-Free.
What it looks like:
Tender strips of chipotle (smoke-dried jalapeno) and dill marinated skirt steak commune atop a bed of ruffly local lettuces. A festival of both texture and taste, this dish sneaks up on you with its surprising flavor. The veggies are crisp and light, while the seasoned steak intermingles with tomato chutney, bringing a complementary warmth that transforms a cool salad into comfort food.
Green Note: Market Restaurant’s philosophy, posted on their website home page, says it all:
Market Restaurant is committed to serving whole, all-natural, unprocessed foods from local sources. We make every effort to support organic and sustainable farming practices while providing our guests with the best experience possible. Healthy food, prepared fresh, from local seasonal ingredients.
Additionally, they just installed two bee hives on their rooftop, perhaps ensuring that there will always be a lot of positive buzz about this place!