October 1, 2007
Old Soul Kicks Up Its Menu

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Shucks, I just finished lunch when an email popped up to announce that Old Soul Company has expanded its lunch menu starting today. The bakery and coffee roaster, tucked into a utilitarian warehouse in the alley connecting 17th and 18th streets between Capitol Avenue and L Street, not long ago began to serve lunchtime pizza by the slice. As of today, a soup and a sandwich have been added to the menu. Today's choices are a potato and leek soup ($3), a sandwich of slow-roasted pork with a coconut barbecue sauce ($5), and a slice of pizza topped with grilled peaches, arugula and eggplant ($3).

Since it was founded a little more than a year ago primarily as a wholesale bakery and coffee roaster, Old Soul Company has become quite a success story. On Second Saturdays it's a popular setting for art shows, food tastings, baked goods and coffee. The rest of the time, the breads and coffees of owners Jason Griest and Tim Jordan are showing up in more restaurants and specialty food stores throughout the area.

Lunch is available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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