While most people are sleeping, the bakers at The Pink Box Donut Shop are hard at work. They're up before dawn to craft light and airy donuts by hand—from the batter to the creamy icing—for a breakfast so sweet it's hard to believe it's made without trans fats or biodiesel. Donuts come in classic flavors such as glazed and devil's food, as well as in buttermilk and jelly variations. All of them taste even better when dunked into a cup of artisan coffee brewed fresh in-house.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($5–$6.75 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted every day with freshly milled flour. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include honey whole wheat, raisin walnut rye, and Dakota bread, a baked bundle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and millet. People who savor sandwiches can enjoy options from Great Harvest's lunchtime offerings ($7.25 for whole sandwich, $5.25 for half), or sample a quiche ($5) or bowl of soup ($5.25). For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes muffins, cookies, brownies, and seasonal bars ($1.50-$2.50).
When people walk into Little Euro or Old European Breakfast House for the first time, most of them couldn’t tell you what ebelskivers are. Unlike buttermilk pancakes, croissants, and other imported specialties, they haven’t become a common part of American breakfasts. But once diners sample the ball-shaped pancakes—served with toppings such as blackberry-brandy syrup or stuffed with sausage and havarti cheese—they most likely add them to their breakfast lexicons. Beyond their deliciousness, ebelskivers are significant to the restaurants’ staff for another reason. Tami and Dave Sevier own both Little Euro and Old European Breakfast House’s Spokane location. When Tami’s grandmother, Marie Mekkelsen, was 18 years old in 1906, she moved away from her poor family in Denmark to join her brother in America. Before leaving her homeland, Marie’s mother made one last dish for her—her favorite Danish ebelskivers. Marie carried the memory of these unique pastries with her, passing it down through the family. To this day, the chefs use the same recipe Tami’s great-grandmother used in Denmark, crafting them from scratch alongside crepes, belgian waffles, and hungarian goulash with red potatoes. To heighten the authenticity, they squeeze their orange juice in-house rather than buying it from the store. Lunchtime diners also have their pick of sandwiches and housemade soups. Little Euro also has an espresso drive-thru for drivers to grab an on-the-go pick-me-up before sitting through a business meeting or Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle.
Celebrations Bakerys bakes and ices edible artworks such as a three-tier cityscape, a salad made out of frosting, and cupcakes that resemble an iPhone's home screen. Try a custom cake for a birthday or an elegant-yet-tasty sculpture for a wedding. All the cakes and cupcakes are made with natural ingredients and sumptuous flavors. Guests may mix and match treats?including three-bite cupcakes?to satisfy all-sized sweet cravings. Take-away goodies can also stowed to offices or gifted to friends in a Celebrations coffee mug.
Dealing primarily in drive-up and delivery service, Renee's Espresso and Delivery's small yet robust storefront dishes out a menagerie of café beverages and breakfast and lunch edibles. Intensely smooth coffees such as seven different mochas complement sultry chai teas and refreshing fruit smoothies. A smattering of bagels and pastries tends to appetites, and breakfast burritos, BLTs, and house clubs satisfy through breakfast time and lunch space, which Einstein’s equations explained in plain terms.