Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dragonfly Cafe and Espresso

Dragonfly Cafe and Espresso is located inside the Public Service Center on Franklin Street in Vancouver, Washington. It is next door to the Clark County Courthouse.

I stopped by for a bite to eat last month on a Tuesday. Most of the lunch crowd had actually flocked to the popular Mighty Bowl food truck parked across the street. Rather than wait in a growing line with little time to spare, I decided to go to a spot I hadn't been to before.

The cafe has your typical wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and paninis. All sandwiches, burgers, paninis, and wraps come with choice of one side. Upgrade to soup or JoJos for $1 more. Soups are made from scratch daily.

There will be a lunch special each day. All meals are affordable, with nothing over $9. Yay for keeping your wallet happy!

I went with a Turkey Cran Wrap "Economy Cruncher" value combo ($5.95 after tax). This combo consists of a half-wrap or sandwich from the case, a choice of side dish, and a drink (either a 20 oz. fountain drink or a bottle of water). I chose pasta salad for my side.

Turkey Cran Wrap "Economy Cruncher" combo
Good turkey wrap here. This one had a wheat tortilla and contained oven-roasted turkey, cranberry cream cheese, and lettuce. Crisp lettuce. The cranberry cream cheese had a controlled sweetness. A nice take on a Thanksgiving-inspired wrap.

FYI, for the economy cruncher deal, I only got a half-wrap. You can get a full wrap with side for $6.49.

Very good pasta salad. Al dente pasta, with fresh raw diced vegetables and Italian dressing. I thought the briny olives and the bite of the bell peppers gave the salad some flavor character.

According to their takeout menu, side dishes include pasta salad, potato salad, cottage cheese, green salad, chips, candy, or fruit. Never thought of putting candy in the side dish section, frankly....

Friendly service on my visit. The lady taking my order also put in a great plug for the Reuben ($7.95 full; $5.95 half) and the paninis ($7.95 full; $5.95 half).

Espresso counter is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cafe counter opens from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I'd love to return, but considering this place is only open when I usually have to work (Monday through Friday), I'm unsure when that next visit will be. 7.5/10

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