Persimmon Cafe offers tasty treats at College Laundry

By Rob Young

Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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A curried chicken sandwich from the Persimmon Cafe.

Persimmon Cafe

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  • Persimmon Cafe’s jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich, featuring goat cheese, queso blanco and jalapeno pepper jam.
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    Persimmon Cafe’s jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich, featuring goat cheese, queso blanco and jalapeno pepper jam.

If you go

What: Persimmon Cafe

Where: 226 Calhoun St.

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

more Info: 937-5399

One could visit to do the wash, or to dine on the grilled cheese. Your choice, really.

In an unexpected turn — at least for those of us equating laundry with linens, detergents and the like — Persimmon Cafe opened last month inside the College Laundry.

And surprisingly, the venue makes for a relaxing lunch.

The window seating provides a view of Calhoun and Smith streets as washers hum and whir in the rear, the calm occasionally interrupted by students chatting or tapping away on computers.

Plus, you can pay in quarters. Hypothetically, at least. Though it may not be the best measure of goodwill to pony up for a Persimmon favorite, the $7.50 Kobe beef hot dog (Dijon mustard, red onion jam and diced jalapenos on brioche).

Instead, save your pennies for the cafe’s Soup Happy Hour, featuring warm, homemade soups for just $2 from 4-6 p.m. Otherwise, they’re $4 each and alternate regularly.

So far, we’ve been fortunate enough to try a smoky black bean soup with sweet ancho chile peppers and a deliciously creamy sweet potato soup, jazzed up with goat cheese and truffle oil.

Can’t make up your mind? The folks behind the counter happily offer samples.

Toss in a yellow curried chicken salad sandwich with plump golden raisins and red onions ($7.50), and you’ve done yourself a great favor.

Or you may choose from the bounty of grilled cheese sandwiches, the grill marks decorating buttery Panini bread.

Selections include prosciutto and apple with smoked Gouda and cheddar ($6.75) and the jalapeno popper ($6.25), a rich number filled with goat cheese, creamy queso blanco and jalapeno pepper jam.

It’s good enough to make the laundry an agreeable chore.