Reservations open for Seminole Heights newcomer Mortar & Pestle

With a soft launch set for this weekend, the cafe and bar wants locals to mark their calendars.

click to enlarge Five-spice duck breast is one item on Mortar & Pestle's soft-opening dinner menu. - Mortar & Pestle via Facebook
Mortar & Pestle via Facebook
Five-spice duck breast is one item on Mortar & Pestle's soft-opening dinner menu.

Seminole Heights' latest dining destination has started taking OpenTable reservations. A soft opening for Mortar & Pestle, which announced its plans for 6310 N. Florida Ave. last September, is scheduled for this weekend.

"Long time in the making but the wait is finally over!! Mark your calendars," reads an Aug. 5 Facebook update from the new cafe and bar.

Locals who plan on checking the place out should know that A) reserving a table in advance is highly recommended, and B) dinner is planned for Saturday, while brunch and dinner are planned for Sunday. Dinner menu items include beef tartare, roasted parsley root and braised pork cheek gnocchi, and brunch offers herb-roasted home fries, a preserved lemon buttermilk pancake, and shrimp and grits, to name a few.

There are also a couple of promotions in store for patrons from the neighborhood, excluding booze: 15 percent off for Seminole Heights residents, plus 25 percent off for Seminole Heights business owners with proof of address or a business card.

Mortar & Pestle's Facebook page has been a hub for tasty-looking food photos for some time now, everything from five-spice duck breast and cobia crudo to the mesquite-smoked chorizo and spicy pico with jalapeño pickle-brined pasta served at the Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown in spring.

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