Dora’s Beale Street Deli, with its hand-painted green brick storefront, monthly gourmet wine dinners and flexible catering menu, is more than just your average sandwich-in-a-basket joint. Owner Dora Manley says her deli brings more to Kingman than residents and visitors might expect — and she wouldn’t settle for anything less.
How did you come to own your own restaurant on Beale Street?
I’ve been in business on Beale Street since 1998. My first business was on the 600 block; that was Oldtown Coffeehouse, and I sold it. I bought a sandwich shop down the street, on the 400 block. I moved, came back to town and bought this building, on the 500 block.
Why should Historic Route 66 travelers choose Dora’s?
We serve a large variety of sandwiches, and we have a gourmet chef in the kitchen, so we offer gourmet lunch specials. We cook everything here from scratch.
What is the most unique food you’ve served?
We had kangaroo tenderloins. You’d think they would be very tender, but when we got them, we realized the tenderloin on a kangaroo is the most used muscle. We had to tenderize it. We braised it on the outside, baked it, sliced it and served it with a red-wine sauce, chateaubriand-style.
Dora’s exterior certainly sets it apart — does anything else?
The front of my building is different colors of green, and I hand-painted the bricks. People are used to just [going somewhere] and sitting down and having a sandwich in a basket, but we have full plates. I give them something more up-to-date.
Dora’s Beale Street Deli is located at 509 E. Beale Street in Kingman. For more information, call 928-753-3463 or visit www.dorasbealestreet.com.
— Danielle Grobmeier
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