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“Excellent and a nice surprise”
Review of Mkt Bar

Mkt Bar
Ranked #63 of 8,246 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $18
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Description: In the heart of Downtown, MKT BAR (short for Market Bar) is a global gastropub within walking distance of many of Houston’s favorite attractions and entertainment venues including Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park. There’s something for everyone from live music showcasing popular Houston-area acts and national stars to local art exhibits and family-friendly events. Award-winning American cuisine with an international twist includes generous family-style portions of classics and comfort food, perfect for sharing. A thoughtful beverage selection features craft beer including local brews, a worldly wine list, sangria and wine-based cocktails.
Detroit
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent and a nice surprise”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Had the pleasure of walking in out of curiosity on the way to the food court at Houston Center. This is some kind of hybrid market, deli, bar, restaurant, bakery. The shwaramas are excellent and packed full. They make their own bread for them and other bakery items looked awesome as did the pizzas. Sandwiches and a salad bar also available and the place is clean. Another place I'd be sure to visit if I get back to Houston. Great job Phoenicia - how about coming to Detroit and showing some of our markets how its done!

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Downtown Oasis”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

The bar serves really good food and has an excellent selection of wines and beers, some of which (the beers that is) are local hand crafted brews. There's live music most days and it has a nice atmosphere when busy. Whether you want to drop in for a morning coffee, a lunchtime snack or an evening drink, the MKT bar is a little oasis in downtown Houston. The Phoenicia deli next door is an amazing place and it's difficult not to come away without buying something!

  • Visited February 2013
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Ottawa
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Mecca for those staying in downtown hotels”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

If you've ever stayed in downtown Houston you'll be well aware of the fact that there's not a lot of choice in restaurants. Besides a few nice dinners out, we ended up shopping at Pheonicia every day, sometimes twice a day. The market has everything you need for a gourmet picnic - beautiful breads, meats, cheeses, fruits, desserts, nuts ad chocolate, wine, you name it. And the prices were very reasonable. There are are also lots of prepared dishes but we preferred to stick to cheese picnic.

I wish every downtown core had a Pheonicia!

  • Visited December 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
393 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
“Party trays were great!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had croissant sandwiches, asparagus wrapped in procuitto, plantain chips with mango salsa and a tray of baklava. Delicious food and excellent service!

Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice surprise in downtown Houston”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Traveling on foot on a cold night, we were disappointed to find nothing affordable within walking distance of the hotel after 8 pm. We stopped in out of curiosity and ended up dining from their delicious and diverse salad bar. There were many other choices, including deli items, but the salad and olive bar made a satisfying meal.

Visited January 2013
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