The sun sets on a cold November day in Harrisonburg, shortly before 5 p.m. The long, cold slide into the inexorable death of winter continues.
The Downtown (Turkish street foods joint across from Billy Jack’s on Main Street in Harrisonburg) has nailed the falafel sandwich — a total remake, and it was really, really good. Notice the cucumbers. GREAT addition.
Lots of brass envelopes a Harrisonburg High School band member during the Veterans Day parade Sunday.
What I assume is a budding soldier marches in the Veterans Day parade Sunday in downtown Harrisonburg.
Two Harrisonburg High School ROTC kids … right after posing for a photo against a white wall downtown during the Veterans Day parade
The cool thing about foodies running a restaurant is that they’re always trying to get better. So I returned to The Downtown, a Turkish gyro joint across from Billy Jack’s at Water and Main, and owner Michael Turk said he’d read my previous entry on the vegetarian option — a falafel sandwich — and was determined to make it better.
Well, he’s succeeded. The second one, though still a work in progress, was much tastier than the first one I bought a week or so ago. More spicy, I thought. More moist, though that might have only been because I asked the sandwich-maker to put more sauce on it. Also, it had a nicer crunch to it.
Michael also said they’re making the sandwich to order — which, I’m assuming, means you can tell them what you want on it. Like “everything.” Or “tomatoes only.” I’ll also see if they’d be willing to give me extra sauce on the side (yeah, I’m into the sauce). I’d already ordered Tuesday before talking to Michael, so I didn’t have a chance to pounce on the to-order offer.
Sides are still to come, so if you get a sandwich to go, I’d suggest timing it so you can pick up fries at CubanBurger or black beans/rice at El Sol or yucca salad at Las Chamas or soup at Earth & Tea or a salad at The Artful Dodger.
Anyway, I’d give the place a shot — and keep going back as it gets better and better, sometimes based on your comments.
UPDATE: Turns out the sides already are at the restaurant … And they say people are liking their fries.
The big screen at James Madison University’s football stadium during the Villanova game Saturday, as seem from a sidewalk on the edge of the downtown campus
It’s homecoming weekend at James Madison University. That’s iconic Wilson Hall in the background.
I always think of peak fall being in October (maybe because I lived in Germany for many years or maybe because New England culture was more prevalent when I was growing up), but in downtown Harrisonburg, Va., it’s early November … as this maple tree on Mason Street demonstrates on a perfect autumn afternoon.