Marty’s Market Café Brings New, Local Dinner Options to the Strip District
By Ciara Crossey, Digital Media Intern / Photographs from Marty’s Market
Zooming down Smallman Street in the Strip District, it’s hard to miss Marty’s Market. With its cool grey exterior and bright green signage, the part-market, part-café — which opened in July 2012 — attracts an eclectic crowd and offers equally extensive breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus. During the day, patrons are often seen relaxing in the casual dining area, chowing down on the outdoor patio, or picking up their meals to go.
The Marty’s Market Café has seen enormous success in delivering “fun, flavorful, and food-centric experiences” to Pittsburgh residents seeking healthy, local, and sustainable eats. In fact, to better serve customers, the Café has expanded its hours — and its menu — to include a wide array of delicious dinner options!
Together, Marty’s Market founder and owner Regina Koetters and executive chef Dan Lamb are dedicated to offering items that are both affordable and supportive of our city’s agricultural community. In addition to its biodynamic and organically grown wine selections, the Café also sources organic produce and dairy, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised meats. Koetters explains that the new dinner menu allows guests to slow down their busy lives, as every item can be ordered à la carte, for takeout, and even online. “We’re flexible enough that we can support customers’ busy lifestyles [with high-quality, affordable food],” she says.
Just one of the perks of dining at Marty’s Market is versatility. Since most of the Cafe’s food is locally grown, every menu — from breakfast to dinner — changes with the seasons. In addition, those requiring vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free options will have no trouble placing an order here. Says Koetters, “I recognize how important it is to gather around food, but also how divisive that can be for people with dietary restrictions. [At Marty’s Market], you can just order without having to mention [your dietary restriction]. Just be you, and we will accommodate.”
Marty’s Market Café’s dinner menu is filled with both intriguing and cost-efficient items, allowing for a “really delicious, premier product without premier pricing,” explains Koetters. “We don’t want guests to have to make a decision about their food based on the price.” For under $30, choose from several gluten-free starters, such as the Cheese Board, Pickle Jar, or Chicken Liver Pate; followed by a chopped salad (romaine, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro-lime vinaigrette) or an heirloom tomato salad (burrata cheese, marinated heirloom tomatoes, Saba, pistou sauce, and grilled bread). As an entrée, the Brick Chicken with salsa verde is a sure crowd-pleaser, especially when paired with any one of Marty’s unique side dishes, such as wild mushrooms with charred spring onion, fennel frond, and garlic; fingerling potatoes with watercress, brown butter, and sea salt; or the house “coleslaw,” made with cabbage, carrots, onion, and Carolina dressing.
In case you missed it, the Marty’s Market Café now has a full liquor license and offers a wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. Stop in from Wednesday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m., to experience the new dinner menu for yourself!