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Tag: Pacific Run Antique Mall

Oct.
19th

Eats and antiques: Little cafes operating among dusty books and vintage jewelry

Terry Waller, owner of Olive Branch Cafe, holds a turkey gobbler sandwich in her cafe, located inside the Hidden Treasures antique store. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

The smell of age – yellowing paper, musty wood cabinets and a hint of granny’s attic – that’s what I equate with an antique mall. It’s the scent of the hunt – the smell of fortifying a collection of Dukes of Hazzard lunch boxes, mid-century furniture or marcasite brooches. When I walk into an antique mall and I smell baking cookies and freshly pulled espresso – well, that’s just odd. Yet that’s just what greeted my sniffer at two Tacoma antique malls. In this installment of my “hidden gems” series, I’ll walk you through two hidden sandwich cafes that also offer coffee and dessert. They’re little micro businesses tucked into the deep corners of antique malls, and thus often overlooked, I’m sure. They’re not fancy – you won’t find vertical food or heavy, fancy sauces. You’ll find sandwiches and espresso, desserts and friendly service. I like these places because they’re run by people who make affordable everyday food that’s well tended. Read more »