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Best of Olympia 2019

THE VOTES ARE IN

Every year we ask the readers of the Weekly Volcano what they like best in the greater Olympia area, and every year they respond. In the following pages you’ll find feature stories of some of the winners from the 2019 Best of Olympia Readers' Poll, and some writer's picks as well.

Best of Olympia 2019: Sofie's Scoops Gelato

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Best of Olympia 2019: Sofie's Scoops Gelato

As the old saying goes, "the cream rises to the top," and when it comes to Olympians' favorite hot spot for a sweet treat, this is a literal term in this case. You cast your votes and Sofie's Scoops rose to the top of the charts reigning supreme...

Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

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Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

I've always been a fan of dinner and a show. There is something about the combination of a good meal and good entertainment all wrapped into one evening with a partner of choice. I'm equally fond of a weekend breakfast out where I can relax from...

Best of Olympia 2019: Rainy Day Records

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Best of Olympia 2019: Rainy Day Records

There are few better ways to while away an afternoon than by taking a stroll through a good record store, discovering new music and talking shop with vinyl aficionados. Thankfully, this pastime has made a roaring comeback in the past few years...

Best of Olympia 2019: Jen and Ted Ryle

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Best of Olympia 2019: Jen and Ted Ryle

Last year, Olympia Family Theater was recognized with an Excellence in the Arts Award in a gala at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. This year, we choose the amazing couple behind the success of OFT as our Best Theater Couple: Jen...

Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

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Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

The readers have spoken! And O'Blarney's Irish Pub on Martin Way is a triple threat. Not only has it been selected as the Best Lunch Spot for it's great food, but also as the Best Sports Bar and Meeting Place.

Best of Olympia 2019: Harlequin Productions and Olympia Family Theater

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Best of Olympia 2019: Harlequin Productions and Olympia Family Theater

It's a tie. And rightfully so, because the theaters our readers chose as best in Olympia are two very different theaters that appeal to different audiences (with significant overlap), and they are each excellent in what they do -- easily equal in...

Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

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Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

My favorite thing about Olympia is the cinnamon bread at Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe. It's their signature bakery item and you can see why. Unlike most cinnamon bread which is thickly rolled with just a thin swirl of cinnamon,...

Best of Olympia 2019: Well 80 Brewery and Brewpub

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Best of Olympia 2019: Well 80 Brewery and Brewpub

On a recent weekday, the lunch crowd at Olympia's Well 80 Brewery and Brewpub covered all the demographics the year-old establishment aims to serve.

Best of Olympia 2019: Unloaded Comedy

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Best of Olympia 2019: Unloaded Comedy

A 2012 survey by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Partnership at Drugfree.org found as many as 23.5 million Americans, about one in 10 adults, have at one time had difficulty regulating their use of...

Best of Olympia 2019: Keith Eisner

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Best of Olympia 2019: Keith Eisner

Keith Eisner's a man of many talents. He and his wife, Debe Edden, are in Olympia Family Theater's upcoming production of The Hundred Dresses. Word's getting out, though: He's also one of Olympia's pre-eminent writers. He teaches writing classes...

Best of Olympia 2019: Old School Pizzeria

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Best of Olympia 2019: Old School Pizzeria

Define, best. Because here's the thing, sometimes the best thing, a true winner in my book, is something that is exceptional. Exceptional could be applied in so many facets of life: unusual, extraordinary, unprecedented -- you could say memorable...

Best of Olympia 2019: Elizabeth Lord

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Best of Olympia 2019: Elizabeth Lord

It's not Elizabeth Lord's first time receiving accolades from Weekly Volcano readers, having won the title of Best Actress multiple times. This does mark the first instance, though, where she's also laying claim to Arts Scene MVP. It only makes...

Best of Olympia 2019: Roxy Boggio

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Best of Olympia 2019: Roxy Boggio

There are so many things that go into putting together a good show: the quality of the bands, the nature of the venue, the steps taken in ensuring that folks will even show up to the show, and a million more moving parts. If there is one element...

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