The aroma of smoked pork belly draws guests into Butcher Shop Café, a butcher shop that sells fresh cuts of meat as well as café food such as sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue ribs. A case containing foie gras, duck confit, and Nueske's bacon rests next to a café, which serves a menu of burgers made with fresh-ground American Kobe Beef, hot dogs, and Carolina-style pulled pork shoulder. With advance notice, butchers can fulfill customer requests by smoking suggested meats and carving beef slices into birthday messages.
Village Wines may primarily spotlight Northwest wines and beers on its weekly-rotating menu, but its food menu draws inspiration from all over the globe, while a high-end selection of pick-me-ups from Stumptown Coffee and Choice teas provide a boost any time of the day. Hot and cold shareable plates evoke tapas-style dining, although the flavors atop each dish range from Asian to French, along with a kids' menu for younger taste palates. Pizzas come topped with combinations such as goat cheese and prosciutto or Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce with pulled chicken. Bistro-inspired sandwiches include styles from around the world, such as an authentic french-dip au jus, helping tongues experience France without licking the door to the Louvre.
The bracing Italian-style brandy known as grappa flows from a vintage hammered-copper still and into oak barrels for aging at Soft Tail Spirits, a craft distillery that gathers its grape pressings from local Washington wineries. An Old-World still's 58,000-BTU burners boil up fresh batches of grappa, with characters of pear and apple-tinged Giallo and the pleasingly grainy sangiovese. Meanwhile, a multistep distillation process whips up batches of Soft Tail Spirits' sipping vodka, the slightly rebellious offspring of Washington State apples that took home the bronze at the 2010 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Lead distiller Matthew welcomes visitors to the distillery for tours in which he shows off the facility, including the hammered-copper alembic he affectionately calls “Maggie,” before doling out samples and bestowing grappa converts with souvenir glassware for future bacchanalian feasts or Flat Earth Society meetings.
Spokandy forges old-fashioned confections from gourmet ingredients and unadulterated chocolate. The Murphy—the candy that coincided with Spokandy’s 1913 inception—disguises its creamy vanilla nucleus in a milk-chocolate cloak that’s coated with toasted coconut ($7.50 for a 5 oz. package). Mint fans can replenish their empty reservoirs with white-chocolaty pastel mints, which emanate beams of cool peppermint and Easter-colored rays from within a 6 oz. package ($5.50). Sate your thirst for bon-bons with English almond toffee ($9), huckleberry pretzels ($5.99), pecan-caramel patties ($9), and myriad other sweetmeats. Sugar-free options are available for candyvores who dislike the taste of sugar.