The Scoop's friendly staff welcomes visitors into its shop under hand-painted and cut-steel lettered signs, which hint at the quirky small-scale philosophy that earned the shop praise from the Pacific Northwest Inlander. The beloved neighborhood treatery serves 16 rotating, unique small-batch ice-cream flavors from local Brain Freeze Creamery. Customers savor scoops of ice cream piled into cups or handmade waffle cones; but rather than traditional vanilla and chocolate, they experience flavors as eclectic as dirt, Malties Falcon, Freshly Minted, cakey dough, and banana pudding. To complement the frozen treats, the menu presents Roast House coffee, The Flying Pig baked goods, Belgian liege waffles layered with toppings such as yogurt and bacon, cranberry-turkey sandwiches, and turkey pesto paninis. Many items are vegan or gluten-free. They've been voted "Best ice cream shop" three years running from Krem2's The Best of Spokane
After making countless lasagnas for their seven children over the years, Lasagna's On Ya owners Dan and Jennifer Shorts decided to bring their homemade specialty dish to the public. Each day, they prepare several types of lasagna--from the classic lasagna with tomato sauce to the mushroom melt with alfredo sauce--and design you-build-it varieties for customers from scratch, tailoring lasagna to be lactose- or gluten-free upon request. The take-and-bake meals pair with salads, artisan breads, and rich desserts that leave a sweeter taste in your mouth than eating Shirley Temple postage stamps.
Bruttles sweetens teethbuds with a variety of gourmet treats, including caramels, nut brittles, and signature, chocolate-dipped Bruttles. Master candy maker and Bruttles founder Aunt Sophia Gerkensmeyer engineered the 60-year-old recipe for soft peanut-butter brittle, and each batch is still hand-pulled on her original marble slab ($6.50–$22.95). The shop’s signature candy is the peanut-butter Bruttle: soft peanut-butter brittle (sans nuts) dipped in rich, semi-sweet chocolate, ($9.95 for a 12-piece bag). Romantics can appease the impending onslaught of armed cherubs with gift items such as the Valentine truffle sampler, which houses 12 handmade truffles, four peanut Bruttles, and two caramels ($22.95).
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).
Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt and Topping Bar sings a lullaby to restless sweet teeth with a symphonious menu of smooth fro-yo, blended with fresh ingredients and smothered in more than 50 decadent toppings. A conglomeration of 10 flavors—including fancy french vanilla, cookies and cream, and red-velvet cake ($0.40/ounce for each)—greet patrons as they enter the treatery and beg to be sprinkled with crushed pecans or peanuts, glazed in hot caramel, or mercilessly drowned in a tsunami of marshmallow sauce. The self-serve setup allows patrons to mix-and-match flavors and toppings, and customers can sample spoonfuls before they decide on how to construct the tastiest fedora for a snowman.
Smeared red handprints are on the ceiling, zombie blood glistens in the display case, and a zombie stands by the door. It's not exactly the long-awaited zombie apocalypse?it's Dawn Of The Donut, a spookalicious, zombie-themed donut shop. (The zombie blood, by the way, is the raspberry filling.)
All the donuts are made fresh each morning, and all of them have appropriately frightful names. There's the chocolate Bruce Campbell donut with Butterfinger topping, for example, and the Carrie Burns in Hell donut with vanilla icing and ghost-pepper flakes. You can get these ghoulish delectables via the drive-through window, but for the full experience you'll want to step inside the store, where every day feels like Halloween. Events have included blood drives, photos with zombie Santa Claus, and anything zombie related in between.