P&K, All the Way

Grocery GrassThe corner of Mary and South 5th is going through a nice transition. While South Austinites wait for the old post office to gradually (veeeeeerrry gradually) turn into a new branch library, there is no such delay for the reinvention of their corner grocery store.

P&K Grocery is a new neighborhood grocery for the Whole Foods crowd. P&K shares an organic ethos and upscale gift selection with Austin’s monolithic chain, but shrinks everything down to corner-store proportions that allow you to park, navigate, and leave in 5 minutes flat. Part of that bargain assumes you’re buying basics … “basics” being a relative term, of course. For Sunbeam and Jif, you’ll have to schlep across to David’s food store, which is also a popular source of 40’s. But if your basics include capicola ham and Japanese sparkling soda along with your organic milk, then P&K is just the ticket.

A combination coffee bar and deli counter greets you upon entry, and P&K currently offers a half dozen or so sandwiches. I stopped in yesterday to grab a bite, and the grilled portobello on ciabatta was really, really good. The melted mozzerella and garnish was the perfect compliment to a mushroom that was just the right consistency and flavor. The Chron’s review raved about the Cuban pork sandwich, and the guy next to me seemed to enjoy his completely.

I haven’t actively shopped P&K’s grocery selection, but after yesterday’s lunch I’ll certainly be back to sample more food and start checking availability for our core household items. Hopefully there are some organic Twinkies lurking somewhere on the shelves.

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