Red Okra is Whole Foods Market’s newest sit-down restaurant found within the North Lamar shop. It takes the place of Italian spot Sixth Street Trattoria. Designed by Tien Ho, the company’s vice president of culinary and hospitality, it focuses on dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, which is made way easy since it’s surrounded by the market’s produce and meats.
Red’s current menu includes the namesake vegetable served with an apple-brined chicken and cheesy grits, braised lentils, soups, salads, cakes, and more. To quench thirsts, there are beer, wine, and non-alcoholic teas and lemonade. Read on for the full list of offerings from Red Okra below.
As the vice president of culinary and hospitality, Ho is working to add new and innovative edible offerings at all of the markets under Whole Foods’ umbrella. His culinary resume includes Momofuku, Ma Peche, Cafe Boulud, and the Driskill.
Ho’s new position has lead to the ramen stand in DC led by acclaimed local chef Erik Bruner-Yang and the food hall lineup in Philadelphia. In Austin, he launched the experimental food truck, which will change up concepts every two months. Currently, it’s serving holiday eats.
Aside from groceries and market goods, Whole Foods already offers the staples: sandwiches, tacos, pizza, array of Asian eats from sushi (including that burrito) to curries. Plus there are others unique to Austin like the dedicated bike delivery menu and smoked meats from Bowie BBQ. Up in the Domain location, diners can find ramen, among others.