My Yummy Local Life

{July 12, 2010}   Anniversary Dinner at Market Restaurant

So I know I haven’t been updating this very often recently. Life has been crazy, but summer time is definitely here and in full swing. I’ve got some recipes that we’ve done coming soon, but this blog will be a bit different. A friend of ours, Chad, recently opened a new restaurant called Market Restaurant here in Raleigh. As the name implies, many if not most of the food products at the restaurant are procured from local growers/sellers.

In other words, without even going- THIS is my dream restaurant!

So the hubby and I went this year in order to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary. I took pictures of our food and would just like to take you on a little tour now:

We started with a pitcher of White Sangria, that was made with peach juice:

As an appetizer: Tempura Fried Asparagus with Wasabi Creme Fresh; I must say this was an excellent idea.

I ordered the Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tamales as my main course (Which on this particular day also included locally harvested wild chanterelle mushrooms!)

The hubby ordered Sauteed Prawn with Chorizo (seafood from the NC coast, and humanely raised meats served here!)
After Dinner, Chad brought us out this delicious concoction called Coconut and Avocado Gelato (don’t knock it til you try it- AMAZING!)
The hubby also got some coffee to go with dessert (they bring the french press carafe TO your table!)
The ambiance of Market is simple, open and cozy.
There is an open kitchen and you can see everything that is going on (and even spot a chef in a cowboy hat!)
I didn’t get pictures, but Chef Chad is also growing a lot of his own herbs, tomatoes and peppers on the patio and there are BEES on the roof working hard to make some honey for the restaurant as well. You can get any more local than that!
In conclusion- Market is an excellent example of how local, whole, humanely raised foods can be served in an upscale way. There are also plenty of vegetarian and even vegan menu options available. The only sad part is that the menu changes as the seasons do, so don’t get too attached to any one item. I would highly recommend my friends and family to hit this place up whenever they are in town, and plan on it being on of our go-to restaurants when we want a nice local meal that I didn’t have to cook myself.
Thanks to Chef Chad and the rest of the staff who were at Market on June 16, 2010 for making our 3rd wedding anniversary memorable and yummy!

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