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began looking for a brick and mortar. She wanted a place
where she could marry her comfort food sandwiches to
her cozy idea for a coffee shop. She found a place on
Williamson Road and opened in May 2017 (at time of
press they have opened in a new location at the Taubman
Museum of Art's cafe space).
Besides coffee (sourced from Open Road Roastery in
Draper, Virginia), Morning Brew Coffee Company offers
in-house made sandwiches and soups from the Dojo
Food Truck menu, wraps (breakfast and lunch style) and
all-fruit smoothies. I've tried the California Wrap, and
Apple & Cheddar Grilled Cheese (a Dojo Food Truck
favorite). The wrap was full of fresh ingredients: turkey,
hardwood smoked bacon, avocado and baby Swiss. The
grilled cheese-hunks of melted cheddar, tart apple slices
and thick hardwood bacon between fresh sourdough
bread-hit all my comfort food trigger points. Jones says
she spends lots of time experimenting with flavors for her
sandwiches. Her efforts are paying off. Both sandwiches
were a satisfying complement of flavors.
I also deeply appreciate Jones' approach to smoothies-
all fresh ingredients, no added sweeteners. I've had the Go
Go Green Smoothie and loved it. As for coffee drinks,
Morning Brew offers all the classics and one curve: the
Vietnamese Coffee Drink, made with sweetened milk
and chicory espresso, giving it a strong and earthy, New
Orleans-style flavor. I like Morning Brew's Mocha
Latte. It's smooth and rich, without masking the taste
of fresh roasted coffee infused throughout. Like Dojo's
sandwiches, it is a beautiful combination of coffee and
chocolate.
"People will eat our sandwiches and say, 'Wow, this is
the best thing I've ever eaten,' and that amazes me," says
Jones. "It's just bread, butter and cheese."
Except it's not. It's dojo. I
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MAY/JUNE 2018

"PEOPLE
WILL EAT OUR
SANDWICHES
AND SAY,
'WOW, THIS
IS THE BEST
THING I'VE
EVER EATEN,'
AND THAT
AMAZES ME,"
SAYS JONES.
"IT'S JUST
BREAD, BUTTER
AND CHEESE."

Contact Info & Hours:
110 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 206-2183
morningbrewcoffeecompany.weebly.com

www.facebook.com/
morningbrewcoffeecompany

HOURS:
Daily 7a.m.-5p.m. and until 9p.m.
first Friday of each month
The Dojo Grill Food Truck
(540) 632-5692
dojogrill.weebly.com
For location and events:
www.facebook.com/dojogrill

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