Last night, I stopped at 1531 Melrose Ave. (along the newly hopping block of Melrose between Pike and Pine where Sonic Boom opened) to pick up some food for dinner. Inconspicuous from the street, it's a real urban marketplace in there.



My first stop was Rain Shadow Meats, a butcher shop that specializes in meat sourced from organic, local, and small farms, where you can buy a steak from a cow raised on grass but finished on grain grazing.  They also cure their own meats. I picked up some terrific lamb chops.

Right next door is the Calf and Kid, a wonderful cheese shop. I found two French cheeses that I had not seen anywhere else in Seattle, including a Brie-like cheese made from sheep's milk instead of cow's milk and a Tomme. The cheeses were also perfectly kept instead of chilled.

When the market adds a vegetable stand, which they're doing, it will be a one-stop-shop for dinner. And If you prefer to eat out, Sitka and Spruce is moving in too. And a wine and oyster bar is also set to open.