A Delightful Coffee House in Fairview
An unsolicited review, by JACQUES NECHQUES. Recommended number of wine glasses before reading this piece:
tomping Grounds is a delightful little coffee/sandwich shop located on Halsey, in Fairview. It's just a few blocks west of 223rd, or some might say it's just a few blocks east of Target, on the north side of the street. It sits in a two-story brick building that also houses a few other businesses. I've been coming here since before it became Stomping Grounds (it used to be called something else; I assume with different owners).
The place is a very comfy, cozy, yet colorful spot. From the chandelier made of hanging spoons, to the warm couches and fireplace, Stomping Grounds is a wonderful place to plop your computer (free WiFi), meet your friends, or enjoy a delicious scone. Come here for lunch, too. Soups, salads and sandwiches. My favorite is their Turkey Pesto Wrap.
Speaking of meeting your friends here, a lot of people do just that. Seems a favorite spot for young mothers meeting like-endowed friends. The place is usually buzzing, but any ambient noise you get is from the vibrant conversations of friends. Themight already know of my aversion to too-loud music in public places, and said aversion is not tested here. There's music, but it's not at all intrusive. Besides young moms, everyone who's anyone in the Fairview/Gresham area seems to stop by: Young 20s-humans using their laptops to complete their doctoral theses, couples, middle-agers, even like myself. It's a popular spot, with good reason.
The staff is quite friendly; you place your order at the counter then find a seat, and they'll bring it to you.
Did I mention how good the food is? A Sunday Morning breakfast time would be well-spent here.
While you're there, make sure you put a push-pin in the big map, to show where your (original?) stomping grounds are.
I’ll be back. Have been, many times.