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Frenchy’s Cafe & Crepery – Lakewood, WA

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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

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

Stewart’s Meats – Yelm, WA

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Recently, I have become very aware that the meat (among just about every other product) in large grocery stores is, well, pretty disgusting. Meat sold in chain stores is not fresh, usually pumped full of weird unpronounceable ingredients, hormones and antibiotics. Did you know that 70% of the hamburger meat sold in the United States contains a “filler” of so-called meat that has been cleansed in ammonia?

I set out on a mission to revamp where I purchase the very food that I feed to my family.

First, there is just no way I can become a vegetarian. I love hamburgers and chicken dishes way too much. So I decided to really research the meat from Stewart’s Meats, a local butcher shop in Yelm that we have purchased meat and jerky from before. I easily found exactly what I was looking for: meat that does not contain hormones or antibiotics. They also have ground beef that comes from grass fed cattle … versus the corn fed cattle that are known to carry diseases like e.coli. (But we aren’t necessarily here for a medical lesson, so I will do my best from ranting and raving about that). Stewart’s also offers organic turkey and chicken. After surveying all that Stewart’s Meats has to offer, I wrote up my order and relayed it to an employee:

4# of grass fed ground beef

4# of chicken breast

2# of country bacon

1# of carne asada

1 pig ear for my puppy

Grand total? About $55. Knowing that I am preparing meals for my family without the harmful side effects of hormones, antibiotics, and viruses? PRICELESS. There is just something about purchasing fresh food that makes me feel better about giving it to my family.

Stewart's Meats - Yelm, WA

What I like even more (since I am a history lover and all) is that there is a lot of history to Stewart’s Meats. The meat shop began in 1929 during the depression by Emmett Stewart. His daughter, Dorothy, began her career in 1933. She helped maintain the standards of excellence up until her death at the age of 95. Stewart’s Meats continues to be run by third and fourth generations of the Stewart family. I think the history behind Stewart’s is admirable and it makes it THE place to go for fresh meats of the highest quality. All of the beef sold comes from Stewart’s own herd. You can rest assured that the meat you get is not from a dozen different animals from all over the country, like you would buy in a large grocery store.

Although we did not purchase jerky on this recent trip, we have purchased it before. There is no doubt why it is prize winning: it is simply delicious! Stewart’s earns that recognition by using secret family recipes. Earlier this year, I was pleased to see that Stewart’s jerky was being sold at Pike Place Market in Seattle. If it isn’t already, Stewart’s Meats should be a household name. But I am pretty confident that it already is. Their incredibly history, large selection of fresh meats, jerky, and exotic meats has to be a hard kept secret.

Some of the meat selection at Stewart's

I urge you to make the trip to Yelm to visit Stewart’s Meats. I can only suggest that you get there earlier in the day … or you may face an eager crowd waiting to get their orders filled. Every time I have made a trip to Stewart’s, I get a number and patiently wait in line. There have been many times where the patient crowd of customers is practically out the front door! This last trip, I arrived very early and still had to wait while three other customers were helped before me. With so many other eager and loyal customers, you may want to come find out what everyone loves about Stewart’s!

Take a trip to visit Stewart’s Meats:

17821 State Route 507 Southeast
Yelm, WA 98597-9654

(360) 458-2091