Julia's Bakery & Cafe

★★★☆☆

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Mon-Sat 5:30am-7pm, Sun 7am-Noon

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My husband had to run errands in the Martin Way area, and decided to go for Korean BBQ for lunch (which was very good too!). So, fully sated, my spousal unit and I decided to check out the rest of this very international strip mall. We dropped in to Julia's Bakery only because the sandwich board said they had tamales. I am not a fan of latin american pastries...but understand why so many people love them. My only complaint is this: I asked about the tamales, and she said she had cheese/jalapeno and chicken. All right, I took one of each figuring Spousal Unit and I would share each for a taste the next day. Then, said Spousal Unit joined me in the store. I pointed out the painting of Antiqua behind the counter. They start to talk...both of them are "chapin" (born in Guatemala), and suddenly there were pork tamales available to us.Just saying...apparently I was too gringa to deserve the pork. BOTTOM LINE: We just steamed the tamales and ate them for lunch today...these are hands-down, the best tamales I have found in Olympia, Seattle, or other parts in the NW. They are not Guatemalen tamale (banana leaf wrapped), but more like the traditional Mexican corn husk wrapped. The fillings are delicious, but even more important is the masa...these were so light and flavorful, I'd be happy to eat just the masa without the fillings. So we'll be back. Hopefully, Martha will remember me without my husband and share the pork tamales next time.

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★★★★☆

My husband had to run errands in the Martin Way area, and decided to go for Korean BBQ for lunch (which was very good too!). So, fully sated, my spousal unit and I decided to check out the rest of this very international strip mall. We dropped in to Julia's Bakery only because the sandwich board said they had tamales. I am not a fan of latin american pastries...but understand why so many people love them. My only complaint is this: I asked about the tamales, and she said she had cheese/jalapeno and chicken. All right, I took one of each figuring Spousal Unit and I would share each for a taste the next day. Then, said Spousal Unit joined me in the store. I pointed out the painting of Antiqua behind the counter. They start to talk...both of them are "chapin" (born in Guatemala), and suddenly there were pork tamales available to us.Just saying...apparently I was too gringa to deserve the pork. BOTTOM LINE: We just steamed the tamales and ate them for lunch today...these are hands-down, the best tamales I have found in Olympia, Seattle, or other parts in the NW. They are not Guatemalen tamale (banana leaf wrapped), but more like the traditional Mexican corn husk wrapped. The fillings are delicious, but even more important is the masa...these were so light and flavorful, I'd be happy to eat just the masa without the fillings. So we'll be back. Hopefully, Martha will remember me without my husband and share the pork tamales next time.

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If I could give a lower score I would! HORRIBLE service! Came in to place an order for a couple of dozen donuts at 0730 and the guy at the counter was on the phone talking in spanish and blatently looking at me and continued to talk on the phone as I sat standing there at the counter ready to order. I stood there for 10 minutes, no joke, giving him much the benifit of the doubt. THEN as if it couldn't get worse, he ducks down below the counter! I thought, oh he is going to take my order finally and NOPE, he continues to talk on the phone!! I don't recomend this place to anyone! When I went in, there were all these pinnatas hanging from the roof over a couple of truckstop type tables and a wall of mexican foods/items on the right wall and some bunch of dusty bagged up spanish themed items hanging behind the counter. To the left, they had some display cases of some unusual looking pastry items...don't think they are american but probably a version of a mexican pastry. In the back of the store was a case where the typical "Donuts" were located along with slices of what looked like cake or cheesecake. The typical donut pastry selection was not very big. Some long johns and apple fritters and plain or chocolate glazed donuts, but thats about it. It was really frustrating as there are not alot of donut shops near my work and I was suppost to bring some in for work and this guy running the shop was of no help. There was another guy running around baking the donuts and I know he saw me standing there in front of the counter and the guy on the phone but he too ignored me. I doubt they cared that I left without buying anything but I was to be sure to let everyone know the horrible service this small buisness gave. I'm not one to complain EVER but this was rediculous!

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★☆☆☆☆

If I could give a lower score I would! HORRIBLE service! Came in to place an order for a couple of dozen donuts at 0730 and the guy at the counter was on the phone talking in spanish and blatently looking at me and continued to talk on the phone as I sat standing there at the counter ready to order. I stood there for 10 minutes, no joke, giving him much the benifit of the doubt. THEN as if it couldn't get worse, he ducks down below the counter! I thought, oh he is going to take my order finally and NOPE, he continues to talk on the phone!! I don't recomend this place to anyone! When I went in, there were all these pinnatas hanging from the roof over a couple of truckstop type tables and a wall of mexican foods/items on the right wall and some bunch of dusty bagged up spanish themed items hanging behind the counter. To the left, they had some display cases of some unusual looking pastry items...don't think they are american but probably a version of a mexican pastry. In the back of the store was a case where the typical "Donuts" were located along with slices of what looked like cake or cheesecake. The typical donut pastry selection was not very big. Some long johns and apple fritters and plain or chocolate glazed donuts, but thats about it. It was really frustrating as there are not alot of donut shops near my work and I was suppost to bring some in for work and this guy running the shop was of no help. There was another guy running around baking the donuts and I know he saw me standing there in front of the counter and the guy on the phone but he too ignored me. I doubt they cared that I left without buying anything but I was to be sure to let everyone know the horrible service this small buisness gave. I'm not one to complain EVER but this was rediculous!

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Great place to get some baked goods. The breads are to die for, they melt in your mouth. The staff here is very nice and helpful. Give these guys a try.

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Great place to get some baked goods. The breads are to die for, they melt in your mouth. The staff here is very nice and helpful. Give these guys a try.

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