Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Look: Bull Street Gourmet on King

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Bull Street Gourmet is moving to King Street, but they're keeping their original location — and their name. The gourmet corner store has earned a devoted following over the years thanks to well-crafted salads and sandwiches and a thoughtful wine selection.

The new location, right next to Berlin's in a former antique store, is bigger, brighter, and newer, but retains the heart of owner Justin Croxall's original eatery. It includes a market area stocked with local and organic goods ranging from fresh produce and bread from Normandy Farms to Seventh Generation paper products. There will also be gift items available from companies like Gullah Gourmet.


The wine selection has been greatly expanded, with close to 500 labels available ranging from the affordable to the bank-breaking. Croxall pulled out a few of his most prized bottles, kept under lock and key, that he assures us can't be found anywhere else in town, or anywhere else, for that matter. Priced up to $300, these are bottles you'll want to save for those super special occasions.


As for the food, you'll see a lot of familiar items on the menu, plus some new ones. The sandwich menu includes a Banh Mi, roast beef, Castro, and smoked duck club, and there are 10 items on the fresh salads menu, averaging around $8. Breakfast is still available too, with choices like a Croque Madame, duck confit hash, and build-your-own omelets. We're also told they'll be stocking prepared entrees, and they'll eventually offer delivery options. Derek Falta is serving as chef of the new location and the new catering program. Falta, a Johnson and Wales grad, most recently worked as executive chef at Barsa and also spent time at Chai’s and 39 Rue de Jean.

These tables are only temporarily topless.
  • These tables are only temporarily topless.

Bull Street Gourmet is an exciting addition to the sleepy Lower King neighborhood. Joining other young businesses like Heirloom Book Company, Sugar Snap Pea, and Bin 152, it's sure to kick things up a notch. They're opening officially on Mon. Aug. 15. They'll be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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