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Restaurant Review: At The Press, wholesome food meets ambiance

Charlie Neff
Staff Writer

The Press Restaurant’s healthy, hearty meals put grandma’s cooking to shame with a variety of delicious options.

The Press is a little hole in the wall, located in downtown Claremont.

But don’t let its modest exterior fool you. The Press is a classy joint.

At first glance from the outside, one would expect the restaurant to be small. Upon entrance, you quickly realize its depth.

It has its own bar, four different seating rooms and even an area dedicated for live performances.

For the month of October, The Press has 19 different bands performing live, with James Alcantara playing the piano each Sunday of the month.

Music genres include jazz, indie and folk music.

The menu contains a variety of different dishes such as cucumber feta mint salad, filet mignon medallions, an eggplant burger, pasta primavera and mahi mahi tacos with rice and beans.

The best part is that many of the dishes happen to be under $10.

There is something for everyone to eat, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or eat just about anything.
The grilled portabello mushrooms prove to be a popular, as well as light, appetizer. These mushrooms are sauteed and grilled to make a mouth water dish.

The drinks range from organic house blend coffee to house wines.

But the most popular drinks are the restaurant’s homemade fresh juices such as lemonade, apple and carrot juice.

The service provides an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Servers are very polite and calm compared with those at many fast-paced restaurants.

Servers seem more than willing to suggest dishes that will satisfy your cravings and appetite.

Last on the menu, but certainly not least, the homemade desserts from chocolate mocha torte to bread pudding, will surely leave you satisfied.

There is even a vegan chocolate cake among the mouth-watering dessert options.

The Press is more of a first date type of place, than an out for drinks with friends venue.

It has a dual-styled theme with décor embodying an old styled Paris feel, with many lit candles on the tables, alongside a flapper theme, where everyone listens to jazz and drinks wine.

The Press Restaurant is located in the Claremont Village at 129 Harvard Ave.

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