There is nothing like a great start to the day, and at Table 33, it is near perfection! Sitting at the ‘corner bar,’ you get a sense that something is unique about this place. ‘It is a new way of doing things for Dayton,’ says the all-smiles server, Christina. ‘We have our own house made juices (try the ‘Sup Doc), and delicious baked breakfast items’ (I loved the spinach, artichoke and feta quiche.) The menu reads, Grow-Share-Eat. The simplicity of the saying hides the complexity of the mission here.
‘And, we are known for our gluten-free in house bakery as well.’ says Becca, who steps forward to give more exciting details. ‘We are getting so close to being 100% Farm-To-Table. Right now, we are looking around for what is best in local foods.’
You can feel these ladies, and all involved, are serious about 33‘s vision. ‘Even our coffee, which is from Wood Burl (Well-known to PRESS coffee lovers), is amazing.’ And it is. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I look to good coffees. My cup was rich and earthy, and paired perfectly with my breakfast.
Chris Harrison, one of 33’s owners along with Charlie Carroll, pointed out, ‘We feel we are the best place to start your day. We have complimentary newspapers at the bar to get a jumpstart on what’s happening. There are tv screens featuring local news, national news and SportsCenter. We will have shoe shines soon. And most importantly, we have BAD ASS internet service….3 to 4 times better and faster than any other coffee shop.’ No doubt, this is satisfying to those of us connected 24/7!
Perusing from the barstools, you begin to get a feel for the decor…a blend of New York, with its large white tiles, open kitchen, exposed brick; and Paris with its white table clothes, chalkboard menus and libations. Yet, you feel an Homage to Dayton as well. Pictures of airplanes, and strategically placed bikes overhead fill the space. The Wright Brothers would be proud. ‘We love this city.’ Harrison says. ‘The people of Dayton are great.’
I had to ask, why the name Table 33? Becca was quick to answer. ‘Actually, life takes place around a table. Homework, dinner, business, meetings all happen around the table. As for 33…well, originally we were supposed to be at 33 Ludlow Street. Our marketing materials were complete and ready to go. Why go back and re-do what has been completed? So we just thought, no need to change them. And, Table 33 it its!’
Like many Daytonians, I love a patio, and as I take the last, best bite of my quiche, I envision their expansive patio in the Spring. It has the potential to put other patios on alert! ‘We can’t wait to get it up and running,’ says Christina.
‘Our hope is to have a broader menu in February,’ Harrison chimes in. ‘I spent some time in New Mexico and want to incorporate that region into some items.’ For now, the limited menu suffices, with sensational muffins, brunch style tacos and Posole, a slow roasted, pork chili with that magical kick of southwestern spices.’
Table 33 is off and running. You can feel the energy from a group of 7 or 8 coffee club members laughing and chatting it up at the bar. You can sense a family-friendly feel as a mother encourages her child to drink the ‘yummy’ juice. And you can tell by the looks on ladies’ face as they whisper over mimosa that day’s hot gossip that Table 33 is on to something! And like all of those mentioned, I’ll be back soon….to see where it’s headed!!
Table 33 is located at 130 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402. Their phone is (937) 999-3070. Hours for Table 33 are M-F 7am – 7pm. Saturdays 8am – 2pm. Closed on Sundays. Check out their Facebook Page, as well.