Wayback post from fall 2010
When I cared for a young child with a disability as a Certified Nurse Aid a few of years ago, if I wanted to go to out to lunch or run an errand I was actually required to walk to get there as part of the health care program my client was enrolled in. We all know driving is a big deal in the Triangle and most of us have this option whether we need to go a mile up the road for groceries or ten miles away to Target. But for the Raleigh downtowner choosing to walk – for lunch or to pick up the dry cleaning – is much more feasible. Ah, such is the beauty of downtown life.
For me it was going on one of these walks that led me to Market Restaurant. It’s tucked off N. Blount Street, beyond Peace Street in the opposite direction of downtown near Peace College. And though it’s location and surroundings are not typical for the area, at the rate downtown is growing and pushing (out and up), sooner rather than later this area is going to start looking a lot more like it belongs. It’s a natural process: the heart grows, beats louder and stronger, and eventually it can support more veins and organs.
Market has rustic appeal – calmness outside, openness inside and a short/sweet menu. Water comes with a cucumber (quirky but cool), lemonade with rosewater and tea with mint. And if you order coffee a full french press is delivered to the table for $2. Then there’s fresh fish, homemade dressings and aiolis, and cool ideas like “kale chips” and “crack fries”.
P.S. If you work downtown and have next to no time for lunch, don’t drive, don’t even get up. The American Courier & Concierge service is only a $1 through September 30. Or, if you need to drive but would love to conserve a little money and energy, share a WeCar.
Update: The Market will open up in a new location, with a grocery store!, in the renovated shopping center beside Raleigh City Farm and Yellow Dog Bakery.