The Original Firestation Pizza & Mediterranean Buffet – East End, Charleston, WV
NOTE: This restaurant has changed its name to Sinbad’s
There are a few buildings in Charleston, WV that have revolving doors for restaurants. Capitol Street has more than its fair share and the old firehouse in the East End on Washington Street has been a Chinese buffett, Dippa’s Rib Shack, and now it’s Morocco Mediterranean Cuisine and Pizza. It is also The Original Firestation Pizza and Mediterranean Buffet depending if you read the sign or the menu. I think that this incarnation is going to be around for a while. As odd as the combination sounds, this establishment actually is simultaneously serving two different markets. It is reaching the budget-minded state worker with a bargain pizza buffet for lunch, and the “Crunchy” East End resident in the evening with some ethnic offerings.
This place has been busy and the owners have been tweaking things over the last six months and have gotten it just about right. They switched from foam plates to real plates. They moved the pizza oven from the front of the building to the back. They raised the price from $3.99 to $4.99. Wait how can that be good? $3.99 was too cheap. The place was packed, they couldn’t keep up with the buffet and at that price they wouldn’t be in business for too long. One thing I miss is some Mediterranean dishes on the buffet. 😦
Every time I’ve made it to the Firestation, the buffet has been fresh. The pizza is good and hot. They offer a variety of pies, such as pepperoni, supreme, Hawaiian, and veggie. The standout for the “The Five” is the spinach and feta pizza. It is a sauceless pie and if I had to guess the dough is rubbed with EVOO and garlic. They top this winner with spinach, feta and their pizza blend cheese. This pie also has a gyro version with lamb, but I am the only one that will eat it. It is equally as good, but I prefer it meatless. The crust is a traditional style that is lightly raised. The buffet has two salads, one with pepperoni and one without, which are dressed with EVOO and lemon juice. They are a little dry at times. I also miss the hummus that once resided on that cold bar. This time we were rewarded with a special dessert pizza treat – Baklava pizza. Sweet and nutty goodness.
Again, the buffet will run you $4.99 and the refillable fountain beverages are a bargin at $1. The ethnic menu selections will run you north of $10, but the ingredients are cheap these days. I rate the Firestation a solid THREE FORKS. (I would give it a half more fork if I could.) I will visit it again when my friend with Carbophobia is out of the office. 🙂
1604 Washington St E