At Long Last, Mortar & Pestle Soft Opens in Seminole Heights

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For months, Seminole Heights residents have watched the development of the Mortar & Pestle concept with great enthusiasm. Owners Jessica Patel, Ujwal Patel and Badal Patel hope to revive the old-time tradition of a neighborhood pharmacy; Mortar & Pestle is billed as a spot for those who crave a relaxed pace, personal touch, and handcrafted flavor.

In anticipation for the cafe and bar’s official opening, the Mortar & Pestle crew took their culinary skills on the road in a black and gold mobile food lab.

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Small batch coffee, gourmet recipes and a mobile food lab

The group could be seen slinging small batch coffee, spicy tacos, hearty chicken kabobs, loaded baked potatoes and more during indie markets. After indulging in a bit of culinary wanderlust, the concept can finally set its roots at 6310 North Florida Avenue.

Inspired by America’s historic mom-and-pop drugstores, where pharmacists once filled prescriptions and mixed ice cream sodas with equal skill, Mortar & Pestle delivers attentive service for everything from soothing an ache to a sweet tooth.

Residents will be able to fill their prescription needs at Mortar & Pestle’s modern, independent pharmacy while you relax in the cafe next door. Sip on locally made sodas or bold espresso drinks while witnessing the continued development of Florida Avenue from a window seat.

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Menu teasers showcase the continued culinary renaissance in Seminole Heights

Occasionally, the only cure for what ales you is an exquisite meal. Brief menu teasers reveal gourmet plates such as sous vide pork belly, poached cobia, seared octopus and braised pork cheek gnocchi. Chef Bret Wright, a Seminole Heights resident and former sous chef at Rooster and The Till, aims to wow at the concept’s debut.

The raw bar features cobia crudo, oyster, beef tartare, allspice mango tea poached shrimp, sparkling cucumber and cobia ceviche. Don’t worry; we’re getting to the good stuff. The dessert menu is an absolute opus — indulge in a bountiful flourless chocolate bar, meringue cookies, brûlée banana, raindrop cake and a fruit salad bowl.

Weekend brunch specials pay homage iconic southern recipes. Mortar & Pestle will serve classic shrimp and grits, chicken and waffle, steak and eggs and preserved lemon pancakes.

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Reservations open now for soft opening

Their soft opening takes place Saturday, August 12 at 5pm for dinner and Sunday, August 13 for brunch and dinner. Seminole Heights residents will enjoy 15% off their meals this weekend and Seminole Heights business owners get 25% off their meal with proof of address/business card. Reservations are currently available on OpenTable.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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