Sometimes a place is just one thing--a bakery, a lunch spot, or a bar--but sometimes a restaurant can encompass much more than just ONE type of place. Sour Duck Market is a bar, eatery, and bakery all in one location. It even has three different, distinct areas to serve all those needs!
I first went to Sour Duck to meet someone for a happy hour (from 2-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday) and totally blanked on ordering the $6-burger everyone keeps raving about. (If you've seen the Big Bite Out logo, you probably have some sort of guess that I adore burgers), but I DID enjoy a $6-draft Paloma that was lights out delicious. When you first walk up to Sour Duck, it can be a little confusing (especially if you park in the back). There are two different buildings and a beer garden separating them. One is the bar and one is the bakery/market. You can order from anywhere on site and carry a number around with you, so that if you order a beer or a baked good you can get your order.
For my second time at Sour Duck, my boyfriend and I sat in the bar building (we're not huge outdoor eaters unless it's a perfect 75 degrees out) to grab a quick bite. He'd be a little iffy on Sour Duck since he's pescetarian and the menu never appealed to him. But, after I left my initial happy hour visit, I picked up a slice of fig upside cake to take to him, and he was pretty sold after that.
We split an appetizer of the pressed melon, which was bright and vibrant with a little kick of chile peppers. He went for the Smoked Mushroom Muffaletta as he was in the mood for a big ole sandwich and loved the classic muffaletta flavors with a veggie-friendly twist. The bread, of course, was super spot-on.
When we went on a Sunday, I was feeling super fat and bloated from a couple of days of over-indulging, so I ordered the Tomato and Korn salad with heirloom tomato, watermelon, feta, shishito, and crunch croutons. I ordered shredded chicken to make it a full meal. It was like summer threw up in a salad (I mean that in the nicest way!). It had so many sunny flavors, and the chicken was super tender and moist. It was a refreshing meal, for sure.
After we finished our meal, we moseyed over to the bakery building to ogle the goods. Since it was dinner time, a lot of things were already sold out, so I went with a butter swirl cookie that was flavored with peaches and chevre, and the BF went classic with a buttery chocolate chip cookie. You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least LOOK at the case. Seriously, just get a treat to go if you're full. They also have three soft serve flavors that rotate (a brownie batter caught my eye during my visit).
So, whether you want to grab a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail in the beer garden patio, eat a burger at the air conditioned bar, or are just looking for a cuppa joe and a cookie, Sour Duck Market fills all those bills!