Just down the street from the Stonebriar Mall, a new eatery just opened today. The tenth location opened, with another location coming to Dallas soon, Mod Market is in full serving swing. Judging from the outside, the vibe of this place is cool wood modern, and has a very steely appearance. The inside is very similar to the Lyfe Kitchen, which opened up earlier this year off of Park and Preston. Complete with a different type of Living Wall, there are some unique differences between the two seemingly similar restaurants.
Menu options are much simpler at Mod Market, which gives it a greater appeal to the general public. Too many choices, or menu confusion leaves patrons running for simpler places, so it is nice to see that Mod has gotten that right. Set up diner style, farm fresh fans order at the counter, and wait for their buzzer to go off to collect their meal. While there are no leather couches or fresco water bar, the utensils are also not crammed in a bucket, but instead are served wrapped delicately in a napkin and served with the meal. The entire menu is farm to fork, and the beverages offered have either cane sugar, or an organic alternative. They do have organic drinks that come with the meals, so if organic is in your daily nom mantra, this is a place for you. The lemonade is quite tasty, and there is a small beer and wine selection. Gluten free options exist here, so grab your forks, Celiacs! Market has counter service, so there are technically no servers, but the meal is left on the table at the end, kind of like at Pei-Wei. They have bussers who come along and collect used plates. Patrons also have a breakfast patio available to dine for breakfast or lunch on their way into the office. Yes, they do serve breakfast.
Speaking of food, this place is known for their flat breads, and it is obvious that they use real butter as well as real ingredients. The recommended flatbread is the Bacon Corn flatbread, which consists of a delicate pairing of Alfredo sauce with basil, corn and bacon bits. Flavored very well, it comes off with a buttery and almost silky texture which melts on the palette. The Sweet Potato Mash is also highly recommended, and is very addictive. The recipe includes hints of rosemary, garlic, and ginger, which seems very similar to the organic recipe Sweet Potato Redemption in the Cookbook, Just because I care, it doesn’t make me a hippie! which is sold on Amazon.com. Their corn chowder wasn’t the best, having more of a baked potato soup flavor, and the Jicama Lime Slaw was not tasty. Those two items are not really recommended, and there are plenty of other great things to choose from.
What is recommended is that patrons take a good look at their receipt! The Market prints the calories, fat content, carbs and protien right onto the receipt. This makes it so easy for those who must watch their weight and/or track their carbs. Not only does it tell you the content of the food that you got, but it totals it up for you, and gives you your daily percentage value that you have eaten (based on a 2000 or 2500 calorie diet). Unique and handy, having this on your receipt takes the guess work out of having to manually calculate a meal in order to keep track of your CFCP’s. Usually, a person would have to go to the website, after they wrote down their meal, and download the nutritional data. Then, all of the data would have to be added up, and if it was already programmed into an app, even better. It still would take a lot of time. (Who hasn’t done that!)
Another nifty thing about Mod Market is that they have healthy boxed lunches for the next work through lunch meeting. Their boxed lunches are $10, which is comparable to other local places that do not locally source healthier food. The box comes with a sandwich or salad (including the flat iron salad), a dessert cookie or apple, and a side option (choose from bread, chips, apple or side of greens).
Their menu is also seasonal, so if they don’t have a favorite meal today, check back in a couple of months. Currently, the restaurant also has an offer on their website where people can sign up and get a buy one meal get one free coupon. You can find them by looking up their website, on Facebook, or chat with them on Twitter.
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