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The Bread Peddler

This Olympia staple is peddling more than bread

The Bread Peddler’s Croque Monsieur can be served with or without a broiled egg. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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ANNOUNCER: This week, Jackie and Dutch head south to visit the 222 Market in historic Olympia. The Bread Peddler has been baking up fresh pastries and sandwiches long before the market was in existence, and has now become an anchor for the success the market has become.

DUTCH: Full disclosure? I make my way to the Peddler quite often for the traditional open-faced French croque sandwiches. There are several choices ranging from sautéed onions and mushrooms to salami, or my favorite, the Croque Monsieur, which includes ham, Dijon, Swiss, and the Fromage Blanc that truly brings flavor to the dish. As a bonus, each sandwich is also available with a broiled egg.

JACKIE: My husband savored each delectable bite of the Croque Madame. The egg atop was broiled to perfection, yielding rich, yolk-y goodness when cut into. The ambiance here is fantastic. On one side, the Peddler, it's warm and classy with a sprinkle of sultry. Each table is adorned with candlelight or its own petite lamp that glows welcomingly. There's attention to detail making it a great locale for date night or a casual get-together. The adjoining portion, The Bread Peddler is more of a casual café vibe, the display case neatly lined with a hearty display of house-baked goods.

DUTCH: The breakfasts here are worth the trip alone. The eggs benedict are available with traditional ham, or with other options like spinach, lox, or tomatoes. Either way you get it, you can be sure that it will be served atop house-made bread and drenched in scratch-made hollandaise sauce. Served with a side of Yukon gold potatoes as well.

I spied the Harissa Lamb Burger on the brunch menu and had to try it. Each bite boasted a compelling matrimony of flavors. The lamb patty is house-made and accompanied by a pesto spread, Mama Lil's pepper chutney and feta. With a side off house-made fries, it's a satisfying dish any time of day. I took half of it home so I could try one of their baked goods.

DUTCH: There are so many pastries to choose from, it may be difficult to narrow it down to one. I decided to narrow it down to a category: croissants. There are a handful of selections available that include both sweet and savory.

JACKIE: Their chocolate orange cake satiated my sweet tooth. It's a rich, crumbly cake, not fluffy like some, but each bite pairs quite nicely with a sip of coffee. I might have to join you on your next excursion, Dutch.

The Bread Peddler
, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, 222 Capitol Blvd. N., Olympia, 360.352.1175,

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