It used to be a beer joint and package store -- and in part it still is. This year they took over the space next door that had been a Starbucks and expanded into a wine and gourmet food store along with a deli.
|The main deli case|
When another friend who lives in Hyde Park suggested we meet for lunch, I said let's try Dutch's.
It's not a restaurant, per se, and indoor seating is limited in the deli area. But as long as the weather stays nice -- a few more months, we can hope -- you can have a pleasant experience at their outdoor patio, in back.
|On the patio|
The deli offers a menu of salads, soups, "snacks" and sandwiches. Of the three of us, our light eater had a bowl of tomato soup ("delicious") while the others tried various sandwiches. My smoked chicken with avocado spread, sliced tomato, marinated cabbage and a little bit of bacon was excellent. I'd have a hard time not ordering that again, it was so good.
We also had a glass of wine with lunch from a short but varied list that included a Cava (Spanish sparkler), one rose and about 5-6 each of white and red wine.
After lunch, I shopped a little and brought home a few gourmet treats, including a pint of (frozen) lobster stock that I don't know what to do with, but am not worried because there are many options.
|Smoked Chicken Sandwich|
The location (fairly far from my home or work) will make it hard for me to become a regular at Dutch's, but if your orbit takes you in the Mt. Lookout/Hyde Park area, definitely check the place out.
As of now, they don't have a website, but you can find Dutch's Larder on Facebook.