My Review of Allsports Cafe on the Market in Downtown Roanoke
I was biased when I heard Allsports Cafe would be opening a new location downtown because I was familiar with their food. They serve great wings and are one of the cooler local sports bars in the area, so I figured they would be successful in the market building. It's interesting to see them in the market building in a food court style set-up instead of as a sports bar, but I'm pretty sure they have plans to expand and utilize more space in the future. For now, they are essentially a carryout location.
The menu isn't quite as big as the other two Allsports Cafe locations, but it still features many of their most popular items. This location serves wings, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, and a few other things, and most of the menu items are served as a combo, which means they come with fries and a drink. For such a small kitchen space, it's impressive to watch the staff prepare the food fresh and get it out very quickly. As of now, they appear to be the market building standard for handling a long line and getting people's food to them in a short amount of time (someone from Queso Southwestern should come over and take notes.)
I think Allsports Cafe on the Market is a great addition to the downtown dining scene. Sometimes people are overwhelmed with all the varieties of cuisines in the market area, and they just want simple American food. It can't get much more American than burgers, wings, and sandwiches and they serve you with a smile. If the other restaurants can be as successful as Allsports Cafe already appears to be, the City Market Building will again become a popular place to be.
Allsports Cafe on the Market
32 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011