Like some homes, some stores and restaurants are more inviting than others. At Parker’s Table, the name itself says welcome, sample the cheese, sniff the tea, sit a spell and learn about the wine, or admire the jazz record collection. If you’re tired of the same old thing, here’s where you can add some zip to your home cooked meals.
The spacious site at Oakland and Yale has had many face lifts over the years, but none more fetching then the makeover by owner Jon Parker. Parker moved his place from Clayton five years ago and has nestled nicely into the Richmond Heights area. Outside, an old mail trolley has been recast as a food cart and a reminder of the post office, that once occupied the corner back in the 20s.
Today the place is reminiscent of a European wine shop. In addition to local items, there are products from around the world: wine, cheese, tea, coffee, meats, pasta, oil and vinegar, bread, sweets and nuts and a soon-to-come bakery. The many fine selections encourage the shopper to try a new vino or an unknown cheese. Or to take home an untried pasta like the black squid ink noodles. Or rejoice—as I did—at finding my favorite spaghetti noodle, Bucatini pasta, available in bulk.
Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Avenue. Open Mon-Sat 9a-7p. Closed Sundays.