A Quiet Cafe
I occasionally get in the habit of rotating through a few restaurants, but I’m trying to be better about branching out. I recently branched out by trying Café on Franklin.
This restaurant is a little off the beaten path for Downtown Roanoke. Instead of being located in the market area, where most of the restaurants are located, this one is a few blocks away on Franklin Road. If you’re familiar with Roanoke, Café Franklin is between the Shenandoah Club and the Appalachian Power offices. It’s a small place but there are plenty of tables inside and it seemed to be a popular lunch spot for business people downtown.
The menu appeared to be primarily salads, soups, and sandwiches. I think they offer daily specials but most of the diners were eating the typical lunch fare.
When I got back to my office and took the sandwich out of the bag, I was surprised at how big it was. The Kaiser roll was huge and the turkey and meat were piled on. It’s good to know that they don’t skimp on the ingredients. If I weren’t a fat kid with no self control who believes writing a blog about food means I can eat whatever I want and there are no consequences, I could have eaten half and saved the rest for later.
The ham and turkey tasted fresh and I forgot how much I like coleslaw as a topping on a sandwich. It adds sweetness and a different texture while not tasting as heavy as I believe mayo does.
I would have preferred that they toast the bread with the meat and cheese so the provolone would melt but no such luck. Overall though, it was a very good sandwich and one I would order again.
There were a number of other things on the menu that looked appetizing. Some people were eating huge salads and I bet there soup would be tasty on a cold day. Sounds like I’ll have to visit Café on Franklin again in the future.
Cafe on Franklin
28 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
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