Munching On Central

May 15, 2012

We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.

The three restaurants were part of the Munching Tour last Saturday sponsored by the Levine Museum of the New South and UNC-Charlotte’s Urban Institute. Tom Hanchett and Mary Newsom from those respective organizations led us stop to stop to sample the variety of flavors and cuisines found within two blocks on Central Avenue, the city’s most diverse cluster of ethnic eateries and markets.