After hearing so much about Ascension Coffee House, I decided to go try it out once the clock hit 5 p.m. As expected, it did not disappoint.
The vibe of the space is very hip and modern; the cash register is simply an iPad on a little stand which the cashier navigates expertly. The menus are on natural-looking paper attached to a tiny clipboard. Simplicity definitely works to Ascension’s advantage, adding to the overall vibe of modern efficiency.
I ordered the tomato-mozerella-pesto panini, which is my go-to panini order no matter where I am. I have to admit, this had to be one of the best panini’s I’ve ever had. It came with crispy, natural-tasting potato chips and a tiny salad (arugula, I believe) tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. My dad came with me to check the place out, and he nearly finished half of my plate. The food more than exceeded my expectations.
In addition to the great food, the staff was exceptionally attentive. They helped explain the menu, probably realizing that I was a first-time customer. They have obviously been trained to be mild wine connoisseurs; each waiter that I spoke with had extensive knowledge of the subject.
My father ordered a glass of one of their wines, which we both found to be above par. The great thing about Ascension was the atmosphere- people were there doing work on their laptops, like in a regular coffeehouse, while others were simply unwinding with a glass of wine and delicious meal, like my father and me.
Ascension Coffee House delivers in all the aspects that it is trying to succeed in. The only caveat is that it is slightly pricier than a normal coffeehouse; however, the atmosphere and customer service more than makes up for that. I have no doubt that I will be frequenting the coffee shop on my way home from work the next two weeks that I am working here!