Eats: Scenic Roads Lead To The PO On The Green In Washington, CT

WASHINGTON, CT – It’s only been open since October, but The PO café on the green in this elegant Litchfield Hills town is already getting regional attention.

Owner Maggie Colangelo enthusiastically pulled out a copy of the current issue of “Yankee” magazine when RIDE-CT & RIDE-New England visited to show off a feature story that proclaims her cozy, casually upscale eatery one of five of “New England’s most scenic spots for a coffee fix.”

What makes getting singled out so dear to her heart was that one of the others in the spread was the Trapp Family Lodge Kaffeehaus in Stowe, VT. Fortunately, a drop of golden sun this morning made the ride to and from The PO enjoyable.

The PO café in Washington, CT

Open for breakfast and lunch, The PO shares an old house at 5 Kirby Road with a U.S. Post Office, which suggested the name for the café. A sliding door inside the café separates them. Inside there’s seating for two-dozen customers, with additional seats outside. Blankets are also offered for those who wish to picnic on the green. The house is owned by the Frederick Gunn School.

A sliding door separates the The PO from the actual post office.

“It’s been a wild ride. It’s very busy, which is fun,” said Colangelo of getting The PO operational amidst a pandemic. There have been supply chain problems and staffing worries. Consequently, orders sometimes take a while to be prepared and served. “It’s not normal yet. We have to keep reminding people of that,” she said.

Maggie Colangelo, owner/chef of The PO

For breakfast, I opted for a Po-Taco, a corn tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, Po-tots and birria for $3.50, then chased it with a made-on-the-premises apple tart sprinkled with powdered sugar. Both were delish.

For those wishing something heftier for breakfast, there’s The Full Monte, a grilled ham, bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on maple sweetened French toast and served with local maple syrup for $8.50. If you’re in a hurry, there is a grab-and-go breakfast burrito for $8.50.

Po-Taco and coffee with an apple tart for dessert

“Menu-wise, I’m trying to appeal to everybody. Price-wise, I’m trying to appeal to everybody,” Colangelo said.

With coffee, espresso and latte, along with smoothies and soft drinks, The PO has all that’s needed to keep hydrated while riding on a hot summer day, and tasty food to fill one up. The best part is getting there, though, as Route 109 from Thomaston and Morris to the east and New Milford to the west, and Routes 199 from Roxbury and Route 67 (to 199) Southbury to the south offer splendid riding.

The PO is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata.