A few things have changed at Bolsa Mercado since it opened in 2011. The café and market still stocks some groceries — pasta, spices, chips, coffee, soda, bread. But recently the owners began to scale back the grocery offerings, and they got a liquor license. So now beer, wine and cocktails are served by the glass, and takeout beer and wine are no longer available.
About a year ago, they expanded the menu of sandwiches, salads and wraps. And now, they serve house-made ice cream.
The ice cream contains only organic milk and cream, and can be had in house-made waffle cones. The flavors will change seasonally, but right now, the flavors are chocolate cajeta brownie, strawberry rhubarb, vanilla bread pudding and peach.
The bread pudding flavor is made with croissants soaked in organic cream and eggs. The peaches are grilled before being added in, for a touch of smoky flavor.
“So, traditional flavors with a culinary twist,” says co-owner Chris Zielke.
Milkshakes also are on the new menu. And they can come standard ($8) or boozy ($11-$14). The flavors include strawberry rhubarb with raspberries and rum, grilled peach with honey and vodka, and vanilla with caramel and bourbon.
Zielke says they’re adding things slowly — specialty cocktails and sangria could be in the future. But for now, they’re courting evening diners to complement their busy breakfast and lunch services.
“It’s a little more casual than Bolsa,” he says. “Now you can come get a burger and a beer and a shake.” —Rachel Stone
634 W. Davis