I think I went to a new restaurant that only the few know. Nestled back on Pulaski Street, Trax Cafe is the new inhabitant of the front of the Leathers Building. I had heard a couple of people say they went there, and I suggested we venture there as an office on Friday.
Here is some basic info:
Location: 675 Pulaski St., Suite 100
Open and Close: Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Best Meal: I’d have to say lunch because that’s when I ate. Didn’t get a chance to see the breakfast menu.
Reservations: They might freak out if you try.
Price: For lunch, expect to pay around $10 if you get a sandwich and a drink. Not sure about breakfast
Around 11:45, the Athens JS crew and two friends from our Atlanta office (yay for Mark and Charlotte Marie!) ventured out into the heat to journey to Trax Cafe. I was really excited about going. Sandwiches are always a favorite of mine at lunch, and I had heard they were pretty good.
After our long drive of three minutes ended, we hopped out of the car and into the building. Trax is on the front right of the Leathers Building, and it is really cool inside. Vaulted ceilings, concrete floors, retro furniture, lots of metal and stainless steel greeted us as we went in. I was unreasonably frightened by the petrified-looking stone animals in the art gallery across the hall. Freaky.
When we told the waitress there were eight of us, we got the typical Athens response. “Oh no. It’s a big party. I guess that means we’re going to have to move the tables around. Ummm, OK.”
If you’ve eaten in Athens, you know what I’m talking about. I’m not saying that kind of response is bad, but it’s definitely something you come to expect here.
Moving on to the food…
I ordered a panini with tomato, red onion, pesto and avocado. I can’t remember the actual name of the sandwich, so I hope the description helps anyway. It came with sour cream and onion Zapp’s chips (which I love!), and it was the perfect size. I’m often weary of ordering paninis because they can be so huge. This wasn’t made on Italian foccacia bread (like most of them are), but it was nice and Americano with good ole’ wheat bread. I think it was a great combination of flavors- especially the pesto.
Other people ordered the Sicilian Turkey wrap (you’ll have to comment and describe it for us), and they also ordered sides of fruit. It came in a retro red coffee mug, and Beth said it tasted like it was tossed in some kind of yogurt sauce. Sounds good to me!
Brian ordered a side salad with his sandwich, and he got the house dressing with is: balsamic vinegarette with orange juice and basil. I’m definitely going to order that the next time I come.
As for the crowd, there wasn’t one. We were the only table downstairs besides a couple sitting by the window. I think there were a couple of people upstairs.
Here’s a fun fact: on Saturdays, Trax Cafe hosts Patio Parties. The patio on the outside of the building is apparently filled with a weekly band and listeners. BYOB, too! Sounds like a plan to me.
I’m definitely going to go back to Trax Cafe. The review in the Athens Banner-Herald says Trax has French press coffee, and you don’t find that anywhere. Anyone want to go for breakfast one day?
In conclusion, Trax Cafe would be appropriate for the following: a lunch date (to show yo’ woman you know other places to go besides DePalma’s), a business lunch, breakfast or maybe even an afternoon coffee break. There you go. Now eat, and report back.
Update: Our friends at Plexus Web Design recently made a blog post about the history of the leathers building. Check it out!