You probably have heard stories about really old food, and how it is sometimes still good years, or even decades after its expiration date. A good example is the MREs (meals ready to eat) used by the military. Soldiers in Vietnam were eating MREs from WWII, and today's soldiers might still find a stray MRE from the Vietnam era. And often an old garage, attic, or basement will contain some old cans of food from years ago that supposedly tastes as good as the day it was packaged.
There is a 100 year-old grocery store in Austin. I stayed away for quite some time, because I honestly didn't have any need for food that had been around for a century. But curiosity got the best of me, as it typically does, and I finally ventured that way. When I got inside and started looking around, I became confused. Everything seemed fresh and newly packaged. How was this possible? Were these people taking this incredibly old food and relabeling it to make it more attractive to unsuspecting customers? Was there some kind of space/time continuum here in North Austin? And if so, where were Doc and Marty?
As it turns out, Avenue B Grocery in the Hyde Park neighborhood does not sell century-old goods. Rather, it is the building itself that is a hundred years old. So it's not a store with 100 year-old groceries, but instead, it is a 100 year-old store...with groceries! Really feels good to have that straightened out. And in addition to the groceries, Avenue B Grocery makes some of the best sandwiches in town, and offers some really cool sides to go along with your fun lunch. To see what I'm talking about, join me on this episode of The Hungry Cowboy for a peek at a place that has been doing it right for a long, long time.