When topological surveys uncovered a richly flowing chocolate vein under Spokane, a sure-footed band of chocolatiers set to work building a premium confectionarium on site. That passionate team of gastronomes and sweet tooths synthesize the succulent sustenance at The French Quarter, their products lovingly infused with locally sourced and handcrafted ingredients wherever possible. Rich Guittard chocolate populates each of the hand-rolled and hand-mixed truffles, which are made in small batches and trained in aikido fortnightly. Each chocolate comes energized by its natural beginnings from genuine plants, herbs, and fruits, while also being happily sheltered from the meddling influence of artificial flavors. Choose from a variety of confections for your 18-piece package, with flavors including burnt-caramel truffle, the citrus smooch of cloved orange, and the coffee kick of Vietnamese moka bean espresso. Purchasers can keep the 18-count container of The French Quarter's chocolate concoctions all to themselves, or gift them to the chocoholic in their life, further feeding a tragic dependency on candy bars and cereal box vampires.
Halletts Chocolates carefully crafts its decadent truffles and award-winning chocolate goodies out of the highest-quality local ingredients. Correct bodily cacao deficiencies with the six-piece assorted chocolate box ($5.95) or bribe your way through Candyland's military checkpoints with a full pound of chocolates ($21.95). Naturally sweet souls can indulge in sugar-free options, and Halletts Chocolates also takes great pride in nonchocolate sweets, such as their soft peanut-butter brittle, which forms the base of the food pyramid along with marshmallow chicks and Pop Rocks ($5.50).
Revive Coffee brings an artisan's touch to caffeine, serving coffee wood-roasted by Caffé D'arte in Seattle. Caffé D'arte roasts each type of bean separately over an open fire, blending the varieties to forge soothing and smoky sippery. Tipple the tree-tempered tastes with a 12 oz. house coffee ($1.50), or up the alertness-bringing ante with a 12 oz. Revive coffee ($2.50), a house coffee containing a double shot of espresso. The shop's cafe lattes ($2.75, 12 oz.) are canvases for steamed milk hearts and crema designs, etched in by the baristas, while the signature Cold Brew Marbled Ice ($2.75, 12 oz.) adds dark chocolate, white chocolate, and cream to coffee that's been brewed for 12 hours for a higher caffeine concentration. Revive Coffee also slings sandwiches toward open mouths, with items including an egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich ($2.65), and hot flat-grilled lunch sandwiches (half $3.95, whole $5.95) in variations of turkey, ham, roast beef, roasted veggie, or ultimate cheese.
The staff at Black Tie Coffee & Bakery make all their selections in-house, roasting their own blends of coffee and experimenting in their kitchen to create a roster of 20 original scones. This do-it-yourself attitude has resulted in fan-favorite concoctions such as complex double dark chocolate with cinnamon, cherry, and a dash of chipotle, and yerba mate tea blended with honey and vanilla until it reaches a smooth frappuccino consistency. Alternatively, traditional americanos and cinnamon-spiked espressos sate drinkers with less of an appetite for sugar. Freshly roasted beans are kept in stock for customers who prefer to make their drinks or eat handfuls of caffeinated beans at home. Guests can complete meals with bagel sandwiches and the house’s signature scones, which staff bake every morning in eight daily flavors, such as wild-berry lemon and almond poppy seed.
Cannon Coffee & Cone gets its coffee beans from Anvil Roasting and its ice cream from Brain Freeze Creamery. The result is locally sourced scoops of dessert and cups of espresso, cappuccino, and latte served in a space that the Pacific Northwest Inlander calls “cleaned up and cozy”. Baristas also use a special pour-over drip coffee device called the Chemex, a brewing apparatus highlighted in the James Bond flick From Russia with Love, in which Mr. Bond defeats the villain by staying awake longer. The team even presents a selection of gluten-free and vegan baked goods to complement the standard café options.
The Service Station fuels people for busy days or full nights. Baristas craft drinks from premium Ethiopian coffee, pairing beverages with tasty pastries, gourmet soups, and more substantial desserts. But the coffee house only occupies a portion of the 18,000-square-foot facility, which transforms into a full-blown concert venue come evening. The space has hosted such acts as Ani DiFranco, Jars of Clay, and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot.