Friday, February 10, 2006

Strolling Around Lakeside Street Part 2: The Washington Hotel Coffee Room

About five years ago, Lakeside Fibers added an extension to the rear of its building at 402 W. Lakeside Street. Some of the space is filled with yarn and other goodies for sale, but since last September, the east side of the space has been home to the Washington Hotel Coffee Room.

An historic hotel, located on Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County, The Washington Hotel is renowned for its fine dining, featuring organic foods grown in on-site gardens and by local farmers. The Madison coffee house features coffees, teas, juices, and smoothies; homemade scones and other baked goods; and a selction of sandwiches including chicken breast on sourdough bread and elk summer sausage on sourdough bread. Terese Allen, a cookbook author and food columnist for Isthmus, recently reviewed The Washington Hotel Coffee Room and you may read her review by clicking HERE.

If you're planning to have breakfast before the All Central Reunion starts at noon -- and you don't want to have to wash dishes afterwards -- you could drop by Central alumnus (and All Central reunion organizer) Rich Bennett's bar at 416 N. Park Street for Smut n' Eggs. But if you'd rather not watch a closeup view of some raunchy sex while you munch on a muffin, you may want to consider breakfast at The Washington Hotel Coffee Room. The really tall windows in its seating area offer a great view out over Lake Monona towards Downtown Madison (even if the winter landscape is rather dingy). The coffee room is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday -- and it's only a few blocks walk from the VFW.

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