|Photos by Jacob Katel|
In 2007, Pinecrest Wayside Market won the New Times distinction of Best Smoothie
. In 99' they won for Best Milkshake
. But did you know the open air market has been serving up strawberry shakes since 1948? That's longer than Robert Is Here,
who started in 1960. The difference between the two is Pinecrest Wayside Market's ownership changes like the seasons. Currently, and for the past 7 years, the boss is Eli Tako who says, "I just wanted to do something in the food business, so I went through a broker and found this place."
"We get a lot of neghborhood people and tourists here, a lot of families, a lot of kids, after school it's like a happy hour, with ice cream and milkshakes, and the moms on the food side. All our food is prepared on site using all natural, fresh ingredients. We bring local first, when it's in season. The strawberries right now are from California, but we have local mangos, avocados, oranges..."