The Press Coffeehouse & Lounge (Closed)

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406 Washington St. S.E.
(360) 239-4104

Breakfast, Bistro, Subs/Sandwiches
Beer and Wine Only, Credit Cards Accepted, Kid-Friendly, Live Music, Take-out
Avg. Meal:
$1-$8.99 (wine $5-$33)

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Reviewed by: Jake and Jason de Paul

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ANNOUNCER: This week the boys head out at lunchtime to The Press in Olympia.

A self described coffeehouse and lounge that serves a little food, The Press sits in Olympia’s Theatre District in a recently remodeled space retaining much of the original Security Building charm. Warm cream and brown interior colors complement a stuffed, black leather couch, wooden bistro tables and chairs.

JASON: The Press in Olympia is class A classy. The owner, Melissa Ellyson, is a sweet little gumdrop. She made our food while we gazed at flat screens and sipped coffees she’d also whipped up. What a hot one-woman show. And my soy chai, sugar-free, vanilla iced latte was perfection.

JAKE: Are you talking about a puppy? Geez. The Press has a limited menu and becomes more limited as the day lengthens. This certainly ensured freshness; my spinach wrap was a sleeping bag for juicy turkey and ham, cream cheese, crisp red leaf lettuce and provolone. Though the wrap was served à la carte, a handful of sweet red and green grapes rode the plate in a swirl of honey. The smallish portion size made this a very light meal, more like a snack than a full lunch.

JASON: My salad was also on the smallish side. When our food arrived, I thought it was your side salad, Jake. I was glad for the plentiful goat cheese chunks and tangy citrus oil-based dressing. One speared, halved roasted fig rested on a fluffy pile of frilly green and red leaf lettuce, spinach and romaine. The fig was beautifully soft, sweet and savory, drizzled in olive oil. Man, I could have eaten five of those plum-sized lovelies. The accompanying sourdough was toasted so lightly I’m not sure it was toasted. All of the pastries were gone. No dessert for us. We made do with Rogue chocolate stout and Samuel Smith hard cider.

Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays -Thursdays, 6 a.m.- late Friday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays
Cuisine: Creative deli fare
Scene: Hip urban cafe
Drinkies: Coffee, tea, espresso, specialty sodas, beer and wine


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