On Saturday I visited the newly opened Phoenicia Market downtown. It was packed; downtown residents, those taking advantage of Discovery Green around the corner; and even conventioneers, noticeable by their nametags.
The set up is a little different at this different type of store. Food to be consumed on-site is purchased along with that to-go and all other grocery items. Prices seemed a couple of dollars more expensive for the shawarmas that at the original spot on far west Westheimer. And, befitting the very first weekend of service, the lines and servers moved slowly. Friendly, though.
Dining is in the area called the MKT Bar whose centerpiece is a large stone bar. Even on Saturday afternoon the bartenders were steadily busy. I was impressed with the selection, which is quite interesting in the mix of Belgian specialties, well-made lagers and new-style beers from Texas breweries. This is the list from what I remember (there was not a take-away menu or list):
Alamo Golden Ale
North Coast Old Rasputin
Saint Arnold Christmas
Wiehanstephaner Hefe Weizen
Most were $6, though I imagine the glass size for the Belgian and Belgian-style beers were less than the 16-ounce pint glass. Keep Phoenicia in mind before an event at nearby Toyota Center, Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and MinuteMaid. The beer at Phoenicia is much cheaper and better, and the casual atmosphere seems to have a nicely relaxed vibe.
Phoenicia Downtown Market
1001 Austin (between Lamar and McKinney), 77010, (832) 360-2222
Mon – Fri: 7 AM to 9 PM; Sat – Sun: 9 AM to 8 PM