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The Martin Way Diner – Olympia, WA


This article appeared in the February 2014 edition of the online JBLM Spouse Magazine *

Some days, you are just in the mood to go out for a meal that has that comforting, home cooked feel to it. Do yourself a favor and bypass all the big name chain restaurants and make your way to The Martin Way Diner in Olympia. This restaurant has a distinct vintage feel to it that lets you know it has been around since the 1950’s, which is a good thing. On one side, there is a wrap around counter where you can sit to enjoy some house made apple or peach crisp along with some hot coffee. Perhaps you are in the mood to be nostalgic and while sitting at the counter, you might decide to order a root beer float, milk shake, or ice cream sundae.

Almost all the seating at The Martin Way diner features the good old fashion spacious booths with all the condiments that you need at your fingertips. Familiar oldies music will play as you read through the menu deciding whether you want breakfast, which is served all day, or perhaps an old fashioned burger. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, the Mega Chicken Fried Steak is a delicious choice. Even a half order of this meal would be more than enough to fill you up. Along with a large portion of chicken fried steak cooked to perfection and smothered in a generous scoop of country gravy, you also get hash browns, two eggs, and a side of toast ($9.59).

Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast Plate at The Martin Way Diner in Olympia, WA

Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast Plate at The Martin Way Diner in Olympia, WA

The fun thing about The Martin Way Diner is that this is the type of place where all the guests seem to know one another and are familiar with the staff. If they don’t know you, they sure want to get to know you. The staff and guests are so friendly, you will feel as though you are one of the family right off the bat and have been going to the diner for years. Some members of the staff have worked at The Martin Way Diner for 25 years and clearly know their regular guest’s orders by heart. As soon as they see the familiar face of a regular guest come in, they have their order already cooking and bring them their favorite beverages.

With their newly expanded seating area, The Martin Way Diner is now capable of serving more guests and welcome larger parties. The diner features flat screen televisions so that guests can watch their favorite sports games, too. With a full service bar and selection of alcoholic beverages, The Martin Way Diner can offer guests just about anything they may be in the mood to eat or drink. With the items on their menu being served at any time during the day, it makes the perfect place to stop whether you’re craving breakfast food at night or a hearty dinner style meal early in the morning. Whatever it is that you want, you can rest assured that the great food, fun atmosphere, and friendly service will leave you will a smile on your face.

The Martin Way Diner is located at:
2423 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506.
If you have any questions, please call: (360) 705-1438.



Frenchy’s Cafe & Crepery – Lakewood, WA


As a freelance writer for the local newspaper, I was given contact information for Frenchy’s so that I could write a feature about it. Last week, on Thursday, Novemer 21, I was able to meet with the owner, Lindsey, and chat with her for a while.

It took three long years for Lindsey Hubbard to find the perfect location to open her very first café. She happened to finally find that perfect location in Lakewood. This year, in July, she proudly opened the doors and welcomed customers into Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery. The inspiration for the café came from Hubbard’s aunt who previously owned a crêpery in the Bremerton area. Hubbard had enjoyed working in the crêpery and the idea of serving freshly made crepes to customers so much that she knew that some day, she’d like to have a café of her own.

Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery sits in a quaint and quiet location on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood. Customers can come in and see their food being prepared with fresh ingredients. Many of the recipes that Hubbard to make Frenchy’s menu creations are family recipes. Hubbard uses fresh breads from local venders as well as locally purchased fruits and vegetables. Frenchy’s offers a delectable selection of Paninis, sandwiches, and of course, crêpes. They also have a selection of coffee, tea, and Italian soda. Customers will be delighted with the cozy, welcoming atmosphere found inside of Frenchy’s from their outdoor-market inspired counter (complete with an adorable black and while awning) to their built in benches for seating with pillows. The eclectic music that plays quietly and the ambience offered inside Frenchy’s is relaxing, inviting, and friendly that anyone would find welcoming.

Frenchy's Cafe & Crepery in Lakewood, WA

Frenchy’s Cafe & Crepery in Lakewood, WA

It wouldn’t be unusual to walk in and see Hubbard’s smiling face as she welcomes you into her café. Hubbard is very quickly building a clientele of regular customers who are fans of the fresh food that is prepared at Frenchy’s as well as the friendly, relaxing atmosphere. “I love this place,” said Specialist Jennifer DeLeon of the 16th CAB at JBLM. “I’ve been coming here twice a week for two months now.” Hubbard finds herself quite busy during the morning breakfast rush and gets a steady stream of customers who come in for lunch. “I love the atmosphere, the food, and definitely the hospitality here,” said SSG Roger Leach of the 1-17th Infantry Regiment at JBLM. If you’re on the go and can’t stay for a sit down, Frenchy’s also offers a drive through window.

Frenchy’s offers breakfast and lunch paninis as well as crêpes for lunch or crêpes filled with sweet ingredients. A new menu item is the Mediterranean Crêpe that is stuffed full of large portions of chicken, freshly diced tomatoes, spinach, crumbled feta cheese, and cranberries and comes with a raspberry vinaigrette dip ($10).This is what I ordered, along with a cherry Italian soda – let me tell you, it was fantastic. So fresh, full of flavor – I loved every bite.

Mediterranean Crêpe and cherry Italian Soda at Frenchy's

Mediterranean Crêpe and cherry Italian Soda at Frenchy’s

Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery offers a refreshing approach to eating well while enjoying the company and smiling faces of those around you. With a name that is easy to say and remember, it won’t take long for Frenchy’s to become your new favorite place to stop in, sit down, unwind, and get lost in the French inspired atmosphere and delicious foods.

If you’re in the Lakewood area, stop by Frenchy’s Cafe and Crêpery. Military and students receive 10% off!

8813 Edgewater Dr Ste A
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 327-1454

Mon-Fri 6 am – 7 pm
Sat-Sun 8 am – 7 pm