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Monday, January 1, 2018

Markham Street Cafe: a new Annandale favorite

Plenty of room to spread out at the Markham Street Cafe.
By Adam Goldberg

My wife and son along with another group of parents had the pleasure of visiting the recently opened Markham Street Café the other day for dinner. Located in the same shopping center as other Annandale favorites, such as Tanpopo and A&J Restaurant, the Markham Street Café is tucked into a newly renovated space previously occupied by a grocery store, at 4316 F Markham Street.

The restaurant is large and open, with lots of comfortable seating in a variety of different forms placed throughout. The decor follows the usual trend of rustic industrial with multiple construction materials to make it feel like you’re in a renovated storage container covered with reclaimed hardwood. A gentle jab, but the place really is nice.

Our large group took up residence at a fairly large table that had ample room for the kids to spread out. We ordered a variety, partially because our kids are at the picky eater stage and we had no idea what would be a hit, and also to take a shot at trying their whole menu.

Presently, their menu is fairly limited – there’s a handful of sandwiches, a few salads, and some small dishes. What Markham temporarily lacks in menu depth it more than compensates for in deliciousness. My Grammy sandwich, a towering monstrosity of fried chicken, onion rings, fried eggs, and red cabbage buried me in greasy wonderful flavor. The cauliflower soup was rich with creamy texture and spice.

Our other menu choices were equally impressive - the Paragon beef tenderloin salad, pesto chicken sandwich, even both varieties of fries (which seemed to be fried multiple times) were all excellent. I am remiss I did not get a chance to try their gruyere mac and cheese; shockingly two three-year-olds did not want any, something that deeply disturbed me.

Gruyere mac & cheese
The staff was warm and friendly, bringing all the food to our tables and periodically bussing away the spent dishes as we slowly realized how much food we just ate. I was informed their bar would open at 10 p.m. that night, and I could see well stocked cocktail accoutrements just behind the counter. If their cocktails are as creative and flavorful as their menu, I'm sure they won’t disappoint.

We left the restaurant very happy and eager to come back to a great new addition to Annandale. I think it’s important to note that Markham Street Café stands on its own quite well – saying it’s “pretty good for Annandale” sells short what is obviously the creation of a talented kitchen and passionate owners. 

Update: the Market Street Cafe invites the public to the grand opening of its bar, Jan. 4, 10-2 p.m., featuring DJ Eddo and bartender Jacob. 

1 comment:

  1. Recently visited and very much enjoyed it as well. It is a bit tricky to find if you are not familiar with the area and there is no signage as yet. The owner was friendly, and talked of art nights, live music, and other attractive options. I can't wait to return!