A gentleman named Ken called with a tip about a new place in Pioneer Square called the Berliner. The Berliner serves doner kebab, the Turkish version of a gyro or shwarma, which, when well-made, is a mighty good sandwich. From Ken's voicemail:
It’s fabulous food. I think it would be well worth your while to go there and taste it. It’s called the Berliner. I just wanted to give you a heads up. I’m not connected to the restaurant at all—I’m a psychoanalyst who happens to really enjoy eating there, and I want it to succeed.
I took Ken's advice, and Ken is correct. The sandwiches—chicken or lamb—come in the customary pita bread, or stuffed into a Grand Central ciabatta roll, or as wraps; they're messy and spicy and great, with variations like the Fiery Kreutzberg Doner (chili sauce, banana peppers, more) available for the adventurous.
Local guy Victor Twu became such a fan of the doner kebab served on the street in Berlin that he opened the Berliner a few weeks ago in a space that used to be a Quizno's. It's order-at-the-counter, with tables to sit at, high ceilings, and some nice old Pioneer Square exposed brick. Lines at lunch are long but move fast. Find the Berliner kitty-corner from where Elliott Bay Book Company used to be. All lunch besides a lamb Berliner doner on pita now seems unsatisfactory. Sigh.