New Moon, new menu

By Nikki McCoy on June 11, 2014

New Moon Café, which has sat comfortably along Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia for the last 15 years, has made a few changes.

Fourteen new owners took over last July, turning the café into a cooperative, and the group has settled in enough to keep the popular breakfast/brunch/lunch spot reliable for regulars, with just enough change to call it their own.

The upgrades include new menu design and items, such as a chicken bacon ranch burger, build-your-own omelets, cobb salad, a grilled feta sandwich, Wild Cat - a house specialty that has sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms and marinated tempeh over garlic rosemary potatoes - and for kids, a grilled Elvis, with peanut butter, honey and banana.

Presented with these option, plus a few others, I settled with the grilled feta sandwich, which promised feta, sweet roasted pepper, tomato, spinach, roasted garlic and balsamic vinaigrette on sourdough. My lunch date - my mom, who is always the health-conscience - ordered The Crescent, which includes garlic chicken, stir-fried veggies and brown rice.

>>> The Crescent: Grilled garlic chicken breast chopped up and stir-fried with veggies and brown rice. Photo credit: Nikki McCoy

My sandwich delivered on the promise of flavor, with feta, veggies and vinaigrette pleasing my taste buds. I was especially happy with the sweet roasted pepper, which still had little flecks of roasted skin and tasted divine with crunchy sour dough. I chose a side of steamed kale, fresh from Kirsop farm. Yum!

And while I tried something new, I couldn't help but notice the old standbys being snatched up around me. A neighboring table ordered the Amsterdam omelet with spinach, onion, tomato, avocado and smoked Gouda. I refrained from sneaking photos, but it had cubes of tomato and avocado tumbling out, paired with just-the-right-crispiness hash browns. Delish.

>>> Grilled Feta: The author's choice, and a damn good one at that. Photo credit: Nikki McCoy

And the couple behind me ordered biscuits and gravy, and a northwest benedict, which features wild-caught smoked salmon. Drool.

Anyway, I could go on about their delectable menu, or their honorable mission of being a cooperative, or even how cute and quaint the restaurant is with its table notebooks for tagging. I won't. I'll let you discover, or re-discover, it's awesomeness on your own.

NEW MOON COOPERATIVE CAFE, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 113 Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.357.3452