The Short Order
“Nothing you don’t need” is the clever double-negative slogan at Modern General, the new market-café on Don Cubero Alley. It’s brought to us by Erin Wade, owner of Vinaigrette. The shop sells household goods, gardening tools, and other sundries, and tucked at the back of the light-filled room is a kitchen proffering smoothies, juices, tea, coffee, sandwiches, sweet treats, and good things in bowls. While I’m not sure $20 garden spades and $11 jars of flake sea salt are things all of us need, there’s not much that comes out of the kitchen that you wouldn’t want. Recommended: avocado toast, “pho-sole” breakfast soup, brothy greens with an egg, strata, kale and quinoa salad, and raspberry and apricot kolaches.