It has been about 10 months since my first visit to this 'fast casual' restaurant and I have been there 2-3 times a month since and I still feel, with two exceptions (more about that later) that this is an excellent place especially for an enjoyable repast.
One of the major things is that the owner Joe is a hands on employer who is really concerned about customers plus the fact that his employees are always smiling and agreeable.
I have stuck mainly to their sandwiches and each one I have had has been tasty and filling. I have had a couple of the pastries and those I had were good.
When it comes to drinks I usually stick to coffee, tea or lemonade . Though I generally like trying new things I just can't get into the 'energy shots'! LOL
I, also, am appreciative, being on a somewhat limited budget, for the 2-4-1 ads that he runs.
Now to my nit picking: The past couple of Sundays our local paper has had a column about tipping but they have avoided talking about the new category of restaurants 'fast-casual' where you give the order to the cashier and pay while they do deliver the food. You, generally, get your own eating paraphernalia and, in some cases, get your own drinks . As a retired waiter I feel Joe's employees would do better if they did full service which would require just two extra steps but I have nothing to determine if that would be true or not. As it is they do most of the work from making the drinks, delivering the food, checking back to see if everything is okay, etc., something servers (should) do!
Okay, this last I always 'mention' to Joe as I, me, myself, feel it is an important part of dining and that is presentation of the dish being served. and in the case of the sandwiches the plates are a blank! The food in between the freshly baked bread might be good and the right combination but the presentation is bland! I always threaten to bring in a couple of leaves from the bushes outside the restaurant just to add color to the plate or put a squirt of whatever spread is in the sandwich on the side of the plate.
Joe will be opening a second Press & Grind off of 17th Street and, maybe, he will have servers there and, maybe, color of the sandwich plates but even if he doesn't I will still go there on Thursdays since it will be across from The Dollar Tree where I go every Thursday--see I said I was on a budget!
By the way, what do YOU tip at fast casual restaurants?? 10,15, 20% or the change from your bill or, the unforgivable, nothing?