Pressing On Monmouth

Sandwiches and bowls are the backbone of this Newport daytime cafe.
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The Hash Bowl from Press on Monmouth with tots, peppers, onion, egg, bacon, crema, and green onion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY DEVYN GLISTA

During the first year of the pandemic, Press on Monmouth expanded its menu and hours to accommodate diners who were looking to the Newport coffeeshop for dinner options later in the day. Now four years on, the café has mainly gone back to just its bread-and-butter hours—breakfast and lunch—while holding on to some of the menu items that got it through those early months of the crisis that had everyone relying on DoorDash and UberEats. One such item is the customizable bowl, made up of a base of either tater tots, sweet potatoes, or quinoa and rice, topped with a protein (there are lots of options to choose from, including sausage, goetta, bacon, and vegetarian gravy), and then loaded with flavors to suit your palate. Get spicy with the Southwest, which comes with smashed avocado, black bean salsa, pico de gallo, cheddar, and chipotle sauce, or earthy with the Mediterranean of tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, cucumber, hummus, arugula, and a cilantro lime vinaigrette.

If you’re an early riser, you’ll be happy to spend your morning here, knee deep in breakfast options. The goetta, bacon, and ham breakfast sandwiches, all served with a medium egg on a brioche bun, are a handful, but the What Came First (fried chicken, egg, and hot honey) steals the sandwich show.

Press on Monmouth, 421 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 261-3397, pressonmonmouthnky.com

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