Mar 1, 2024 - Food and Drink

🍳 Brunch munch: Bureau de Poste

Eggs benedict with avocado

The eggs Benedict with avocado instead of ham. Photo: Chloe Gonzales/Axios

👋 Texas Editor Chloe here! A few friends and I wanted to branch out to a new brunch place, and we ended up at Tiny Grocer's Bureau de Poste.

The big picture: The little grocery shop and French bistro opened in the Hyde Park post office that closed in 2021.

  • I owe my existence to USPS — my parents met working there in the '80s — so I felt charmed by the idea of enjoying a meal with my friends in an old post office.

The vibe: The restaurant has a spacious patio to enjoy on our increasingly pleasant days.

  • The interior is small — it's in the Tiny Grocer, after all — and intimate. It was fun to chat and eat while people were going about their days and shopping around us.

Details: When we asked our server what the most popular dishes were, she listed just about everything on the menu. Plus, she suggested we get several different plates to share among us.

  • We followed her lead.
A cheese board with three cheeses, a bowl of jam and a few slices of bread.
The cheese board was a perfect starter. Photo: Chloe Gonzales/Axios

To order: Our group loved the cheese board ($21), which came with three cheeses, nuts, jam, bread and a little piece of honeycomb.

  • We were also fans of the eggs Benedict with avocado instead of ham ($18), and my sister loved her croque madame, with ham, gruyere, bechamel and an egg ($18).
  • The tomato bisque ($10) was lovely, and the gluten-free bread I substituted was pillowy soft — a difficult thing to achieve.
  • Of note: The whipped cream in the crepe ($14) wasn't our favorite — it was a little too light in both texture and flavor.

If you go: Brunch is served from 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5-10pm every day.

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