Some Rosedale residents may not want to hear it, but Épicerie Café & Grocery is an excellent addition to their neighborhood.
Certainly some of the people who live on Woodview Avenue, which faces the café at the corner of North Loop Boulevard and Hancock Drive, take understandable exception to diners using the street for overflow parking. Last year residents concerned about increased traffic and noise in the quiet neighborhood just west of Burnet Road attempted to block the opening of the new restaurant from former Olivia sous chef Sarah McIntosh. Épicerie opened in December, and those neighborhood advocates’ loss is a gain for fans of bistro fare, baked goods and high-end snack purchases.
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Épicerie café & grocery
2307 Hancock Drive. 371.6840, EpicerieAustin.com
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Prices: Soups and salads, $2.50-$10.99; snacks, $4-$10; sandwiches $9.95-$12.95; plates $8.99-$14.99.
What the rating means: The 10-point scale is an average of weighted scores for food, service, value, ambiance and overall dining experience, with 10 being the best.
The Bottom Line: Rosedale gets a charming neighborhood cafe that will likely become a destination location for folks looking for well-executed bistro fare.