Abdul Brash mans the register at Central Market—a new face in a familiar place. Brash, the market’s owner as of August, partnered with brothers Umut and Mehmet Kokangul in opening Doner Kebab House in November. Named after the iconic sausage-shaped meat with a hole down the center, the restaurant is a casual affair with tables threaded throughout the market space. The steady stream of market regulars keeps the register busy, but when you go for lunch, just let Brash know you’re there and find a table.
Daily specials include an entrée with salad and rice for $5. The menu is easy on the pocket, and I look forward to going with friends to try the VIP—a generous combination platter that feeds around five people.
Al’s serves a raft of hot and cold sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head cold cuts, homemade soups, stews, a variety of salads and cookies. Nein tells me they roast their own beef, pulled pork and other specialty meats. The soups change daily and reflect Nein’s love of cooking. My cup of roasted tomato and black bean soup was full of corn nibblets and other veggies, and perfectly spiced with jalapeño for added heat.
You can’t beat a pleasant afternoon lunch at the sidewalk tables, inhaling a Big Dipper with all the trimmings.
Fans of Gold Street Caffè will be happy to hear that Friday and Saturday night dinners are back. The $15 prix fixe weekend dinner menu includes beverages, a first course of soup or salad, choice of an entrée with side dish, and dessert.
Parking will be a diminishing commodity when Café Giuseppe opens its newest location this week. Its new digs are between Gold Street Caffé and P’tit Louis Bistro in one of Downtown’s most desirable dining districts.
Serena Davidson, manager at Giuseppe’s on Silver, tells me we can expect oak-roasted fair trade beans in all of their resplendent variations. Panini, quiche, breakfast goodies and burritos will grace the menu. Patrons will have to visit the location at Silver for gelato, where you can nurse your espresso in the bright, new space.