In January of 2012, Frankie & May Fresh Grocer opened their doors to offer Erie local and high quality meats, fish, cheese, and produce among other things. They also offer many different cooking classes in addition to daily lunch in their cafe. I went in for lunch around noon on Monday. You can sit at a counter overlooking the preparation area or at individual tables. The cafe seats 20 or so people and it was filling up fast. I sat at the counter and just watched people pour in for the lunch rush. The menu is full of light dishes including some vegetarian options and after a few minutes of looking, I decided on two dishes to try.
First, I tried their Egg Salad on Whole Grain. Farm fresh eggs were diced and mixed with onion, garlic aioli, mustard, and dill to create a creamy and velvety salad. Three pieces of whole wheat bread were sliced in half to create three smaller slider sandwiches. The crust of the bread had a great crunch to it while the inside remained soft. Using garlic and onion in the salad added more complex taste. The mustard and dill gave the salad brightness and a lot of flavor. I added the side of arugula garnish to my sandwiches for a peppery bite.
I also got the Roasted Vegetable Ciabatta Bruschetta. Two thick slices of ciabatta were toasted until crispy and then spread with fresh goat cheese. The cheese was topped with roasted peppers, squash, eggplant, onions, and a sprinkling of shredded cheese. The vegetables were roasted simply with olive oil, garlic, and other herbs. The goat cheese is tangy with an earthy flavor and pairs beautifully with the herbed veggies. Though it was loaded with flavor, I did not realize that the dish would be served cold and I would request to have the entire thing heated next time.
Thank you to Tina for putting together a delicious lunch and to the rest of Frankie & May for providing such fresh products. The number for the store is 814.836.0070. The hours are Monday through Saturday: 9am to 7pm and Sunday: 12 noon to 5pm.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food