Owner Chris Zielke says, “it’s like a Brooklyn deli and a local produce shop with a coffee shop feel,” but you won’t get it until you walk into the newly opened Bolsa Mercado. It has a sense of community and Texas warmth, exactly the vibe that Zielke and his business partner Jessica Jeffers wanted to create. “We pick the best local and organic products to stock our shelves,” Zielke says. “There’s also a wish list that customers can add to if they can’t find their favorite products.” With a focus on small farms and local food, just about anything is available to make your own gourmet feast, but it’s hard to pass up the tasty grab-and-go menu options such as the house-smoked turkey sandwich layered with avocado spread, sharp cheddar, pepper relish, bacon and arugula. Another favorite is the wild boar and goat cheese kolache, an unusual yet distinctly Texan treat.
634 W. Davis
Price range: $9-$14
Ambiance: coffee shop and grocery
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon-Thu and sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat
Tip: Chef Jeff Harris and crew make their own cured meats.
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