The little cafe at Fifth Street and Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke has opened, and I’ve got a sneak peek at the menu for you.
As previously reported, this restaurant is owned by Jerry Duncan and his business partner, Jerry Rush. Duncan said the word “speakeasy” is included in the name not as a reference to the prohibition-era illegal bars but as a play on words, because they want their cafe to be a place where people can relax and “speak easily” among themselves. Right now, it is open for breakfast and lunch.
They’re coming out of the gate with a pretty ambitious and good-looking menu that includes small plates/tapas, salads, sandwiches, breakfast (served until 10 a.m.) and a few selections for the kiddos. Adult menu prices range from $3.25 for a chicken taco on the small plates list to $7.50 for a roasted pork sandwich with chipotle slaw and vinegar BBQ sauce served with a choice of blue corn chips, slaw or a side salad.
Other small plate choices include roasted red pepper hummus, marinated olives with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, an antipasto plate, a Cuban taco, and chili con carne with cornbread. Salads include a basic house salad, Greek, grilled chicken, and a burek salad (Turkish spinach and cheese pie over mixed greens with tomato, roasted red pepper and cucumber).
In addition to the pork sandwich, the restaurant offers a grilled chicken sandwich, a grilled veggie sandwich, a muffaletta and a grilled feta sandwich. Breakfast selections include egg and cheese croissant, French toast, a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, onions and capers, fruit salad and oatmeal. Kids can get cheese bread, a grilled cheese, a chicken quesadilla or some chips and salsa ($3 to $4.50).
I can’t wait to start by trying the grilled veggie sandwich. I’m a sucker for a great grilled vegetable sandwich, and this one comes with roasted red pepper, onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo and provolone. Yum!
If you go to 501 Speakeasy, let us know what you tried and what you thought.
501 Campbell Ave. SW