It’s a formula that makes Modern Market, a Colorado-based chain with a Southlake location, so successful: simple counter service with scratch-made food. A seasonally changing menu includes farm-fresh salads, scratch-made soups, pizzas with whole grain dough and organic tomatoes, toasted sandwiches, classic homestyle plates and breakfast entrées made with cage-free eggs and all-natural, nitrate-free breakfast meats.
The restaurant’s model is rooted in using simple, whole ingredients purchased from farmers, ranchers and suppliers that are well-known and trusted. Even the salad dressings are made from scratch.
Located in the premium shopping district, Park Village, Modern Market has a fresh and cheery ambiance. Bright yellow metal chairs and dense wood tables occupy the dining room, and vintage Edison bulbs illuminate the space. An open kitchen allows visitors in line at the counter to observe as food is prepared.
Standing in the fast-paced line, I was able to narrow down my choices to a less traditional soup and sandwich combo. Advertised as Modern Market’s “signature soup,” I selected the Green Chicken Chili ($4) to start things off. A blend of tender chunks of chicken, onions, celery and gold potatoes swam in a bold yet mildly spiced green chili broth. This comforting soup was hearty, flavorful and well-seasoned.
Next up was the Blueberry Pesto Sandwich ($8). Always a fan of fruity compotes on my sandwiches, I was immediately drawn to this creative concoction. Fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, peppery arugula, basil pesto and blueberry balsamic jam harmoniously mingled between pieces of toasted ciabatta bread. Another winner for the books.
I couldn’t help but also try the Prosciutto Brick-Oven Pizza ($9.75) that my friend had ordered. The combination of salty prosciutto, arugula, tart pear and three-cheese blend on whole grain dough was brilliant; however, the pizza stayed just a smidge too long in the brick oven. The prosciutto was dry to the point of being tough, and the edges of the crust were blackened.
Modern Market’s straightforwardness and transparency about what guests are eating is refreshing. It even breaks down the nutritional content of meals on each receipt. Overall, the visit was a home run. I don’t find myself in that neck of the woods often, but now I’ve got my go-to for healthy fast food in Southlake.
Location: 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 260, Southlake 76092
For Info: 817.442.0123
Hours: Open Daily 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
What We Liked: Ordering was quick and easy, the environment was clean and the food was fresh with premium ingredients.
What We Didn’t: The prosciutto on the pizza was a little burned on the edges and really tough.
Our Recommendations: Modern Market is a great spot for a quick healthy lunch with many vegetarian, vegan, paleo and gluten-free options.
| photography by Alex Lepe |