Don’t hold your breath for a parking spot at Foxtrot Delivery Market in Uptown. There are only a handful to choose from and they will likely be occupied. And, if your experience is similar to the one I had during a recent afternoon shopping trip, a white Jeep will be parked outside of the perimeter of its space, blocking the exit of the lot. You will have to reverse your car. Except by the time you realize this, a silver Porsche will have pulled in behind you and you’ll get stuck. Don’t worry, though. The driver of the Porsche is gifted. They’ll swiftly reverse into the street, leaving you enough room escape. After a few clumsily-executed three-point turns, and narrowly missing a garbage can, you’ll successfully maneuver your car and exit back onto McKinney.
Don’t hold your breath for street parking on Allen St., either. Honestly, just walk here. Or have their goods delivered to you. That’s the point of Foxtrot Delivery Market, anyway.
The 3,600-square-foot café and coffee bar, which sells and delivers snacks and meals, is a Chicago import. The storefront at 2822 N McKinney Ave. is their first location in Dallas, but the woman at the register tells me they’re opening near SMU and are eventually looking to expand into Fort Worth. This place is like a high-end bodega meets a wine store meets a place where you can purchase a box of Band-Aids, a Polaroid camera, and a $30 candle.
It’s crowded when I arrive. People are seated in black and white Parisian bistro chairs and drinking wine. Some are eating salads out of plastic containers. One dude is on his laptop. My mission is to see how many groceries I can purchase for $50.
My colleagues and I put together a shopping list:
“Sandwich stuff” (I don’t know. Somebody said it, so I wrote it down.)
Bottle of wine
I grabbed a blue metal shopping basket and got busy. (Not like that, you sicko.)
Produce was first on the list. I couldn’t find any leafy greens or bananas. The produce here is basically limited to avocados, berries, apples, peaches, and limes. I grabbed an avocado ($2) and some raspberries ($5). Protein was next. I skipped over the chicken breast and went straight for a package of four frozen Burgundy Pasture beef burgers ($15). Eggs were next ($3.50 for six). And then bread. They didn’t have bread, so I got some english muffins ($6). For “sandwich stuff” I grabbed a pack of mild cheddar slices ($5.50) because with eggs and english muffins and avocado, you can make a breakfast sandwich.
(How much are we at? $2 + $5 + $15 + $3.50 + $6 + $5.50 = $37)
Wine was next. I chose a liter bottle of rosé so that I could share with my work friends. This was $18. Which, I didn’t realize until I got to the register, would put me at $5 over. Oops. It should be noted that there are more inexpensive bottles here.
Overall, $50 doesn’t go far. Foxtrot isn’t your spot for groceries. But it’s nice knowing that if you live in the area, and you have no vehicle, and your mother in law is on her way over for a classic French omelette (it’s literally the only thing she eats, her cholesterol is through the roof) but you forgot to go to Whole Foods for eggs, that you can march your toosh over to Foxtrot. Or better yet, have them march their tooshes over to you.
Additionally, their grab-and-go selection looks very nice. It’s stocked with sandwiches, and salads, and bowls. And let’s not forget the candles. Maybe pick one of those up for your mother in law.
And then a bottle of Bollenger champagne and a pack of American Spirits for yourself. They sell those, too.