Washington Hotel Coffee Room
402 W Lakeside Street
Madison, WI 608-257-2999
7am – 8pm Monday – Saturday
7am – 5pm Sunday
We have to admit, we didn’t even know that the Washington Hotel Coffee Room existed until a good friend told us about it. Tucked away in a quiet, residential-like neighborhood on Lakeside Street, this coffee room shares quarters with Lakeside Fibers and borders Monona Bay.
The coffee room is a sister establishment of The Washington Hotel, on Washington Island, WI, hence the name. They specialize in fair trade certified and organic coffees, locally produced foods, including cheeses, meats, produce, and dairy. The wheat that is used to make their wood fired brick oven breads is grown on Washington Island. They also serve wines by the glass.
We wandered over to the Washington Hotel Coffee Room on a recent Saturday morning after a very early trip to the Farmers’ Market. The interior of the room is warm and inviting, with a craft area set up against one wall. There are plenty of tables, and a comfortable living room-like area as well.
We settled in on the outdoor deck, despite the brisk breeze coming in off of Monona Bay. This deck alone is a spectacular reason to go and get a cup off cofee or a light lunch here. While small, it provides secluded getaway from your typical Madison coffee shop atmosphere. With an expanse of lawn lined with trees, it is by far the most restful commercial place where we’ve sat to sip coffee.
We’d review the coffee, but we have to admit that we aren’t really coffee snobs. It was good, hot and plentiful. But what caught our eye was the cheese plate on the menu. Sure, it was 8:00 in the morning, but we’re in Wisconsin. That makes the cheese plate ($10) fair game for breakfast.
The cheese came from Carr Valley, and it was terrific. The selection included a smoked gouda, a cocoa-rind cheese, and a unique cheese that was one part sheeps milk cheese, one part goats milk cheese. Served with some of the above mentioned bread and some seeded crackers, it was a great way to relax after a trek around the Capital square.
We’ll go back to the Washington Hotel often. Next time we’re looking forward to stopping in for a light lunch, sampling one of the uniqe sandwiches and a glass of wine.