When I saw an announcement of the opening of Revival Market, I was impressed with their stated goals. Revival Market features local pastured meats from Revival Meats in Yoakum, TX. The Revival Meats website says “we’re passionate – you might almost say religious – about great-tasting meat. We’re also thoroughly committed to raising our animals in a sustainable manner, using humane and ecologically sound methods.” So my husband and I recently visited Revival Market, 550 Heights Blvd, to try the ready-to-eat food and sample the offerings at the Market. We both enjoyed the flavor and freshness of our lunch. We also enjoyed the meats we bought to cook and eat at home. The Market features local meat, although not all the meat is from Revival Meats, the other meats are local and pastured. There was a limited but interesting selection of local produce and foods, including heritage dried beans and Texas olive oil. The Market is also a source of hard-to-find rendered lard and beef suet.
There is much more information about the Revival Market on the new Real Food Restaurants page–they are the first restaurant to respond to questions about food sources and preparation methods. Having a restaurants page was one of my goals when I started the Real Food Houston blog. I wanted to create a place where those of us who care about the food we eat could pool information to help each other find the best of the local restaurants, where we don’t need to feel guilty about sacrificing our health just for convenience. The goal is to find restaurants that are trying to move toward more healthful practices in food selection and preparation, such as using local produce, organic foods, grassfed beef, etc. I hope the Real Food Restaurants page will help provide the information we’re looking for.