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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

Spicy Tuna on Chips – Kinja Japanese Restaurant – Yelm, WA

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Kinja is one of our favorite places to stop in or order food from. Not only because of its close proximity to our home but because to put it simply, the food is really good. It helps that the staff is incredibly sweet and the owner is always readily available to make whatever sushi you order. Last week, my husband called from work and asked me to go on a lunch date with him. The way that he asked reminded me of two people who just began dating and that giddy feeling you get when that amazing guy you’re crushing on calls to ask you out on a date. Yes, I am really getting that mushy. It was cute.

Lunch date at Kinja Japanese Restaurant with my husband.

Lunch date at Kinja Japanese Restaurant with my husband.

We met at Kinja at 12:30pm and we were the only two guests in the restaurant. We enjoyed the music and chatted while we sipped on our beverages. Our waitress was super sweet and took the time to suggest some items from the lunch menu. We decided to go with a small appetizer that we had seen on the menu before but had never ordered: Spicy Tuna on Chips. We are big fans of spicy tuna and decided that we would try it.

Our appetizer arrived pretty quick. Our waitress put the plate in the center of the table. My husband and I both looked at one another because we knew it was going to be good! There were six rice chips arranged in a circle topped with generous portions of spicy tuna, Tobiko, topped with a mayo and spicy sauce with a lemon wedge garnish.

Spicy Tuna on Chips from Kinja Japanese Restaurant in Yelm, WA

Spicy Tuna on Chips from Kinja Japanese Restaurant in Yelm, WA

After squeezing lemon juice on the chips, we each took a chip and took a bite (no, we did not feed one another). I really liked the light, crispy texture of the chip. Of course, when I think of a chip, I think of something cooked in oil, extremely crispy, and crumbs everywhere. I am not sure how these particular chips are prepared but they definitely had a distinct lightness to them. I think anything else would take away from the spicy tuna. One reason that I am big on sushi and Japanese food is because I enjoy how each distinct flavor is able to be tasted among everything else but all those flavors work really well together. Hard to explain, so I hope you understand where I am coming from.

Needless to say there was not a scrap of leftovers from the appetizer. It was delicious, as we knew it would be. I wanted to point out that this type of appetizer is what I think an appetizer should be. In the sense that when you’re out to eat and order an appetizer, it should be a small plate of something wonderful to snack on before your main meal, not another main meal in itself. Have you ever ordered nachos as a so-called appetizer somewhere and you get a plate of nachos that is bigger than your head? I liked that this appetizer from Kinja was small – petite, if you will – but big on taste. Just what it should be and just what I love.

If you’re in the Yelm area and have not tried the Spicy Tuna on Chips, what are you waiting for? Get in there and try it … and don’t forget to invite me to join you.

Kinja Japanese Restaurant
1314 East Yelm Avenue  Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 400-4300