Bah has retired and the bakehouse was purchased by former employees. The quality and quirkiness continues. This little café is tucked off Water Street on an alley. When you walk in the menu is printed on a huge chalk board opposite the glass case and cash register. Tempting baked goods are displayed on an open counter. You order at the counter, pick up your drink from the cooler and find a seat in the tiny dining room or the larger open deck.
Markel's offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads and casseroles. Portions are generous and the food is fresh and homemade.
On this lunch time visit I had chicken salad and a deviled egg. The chicken salad was flavorful and included sun dried tomato, pesto and pecans. My husband ordered a Reuben that he declared was the best Reuben he has ever had. The sandwich was huge and messy and delicious.
Markel's is little changed from the years it was run by Bah. It is now open daily from 7 to 3, serves beer and wine, and plans to stay open for a longer season. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and take something home for later, too.