Around 2nd avenue at Howard Street in downtown Spokane is a revitalized neighborhood with several destinations that are worthy of checking out. Of course, there's long-time tenant Interplayers Theater, but there’s also Barili Cellars, 2nd Avenue Gallery and the indulgent stop nestled on the corner of 2nd and Howard, TASTE Cafe and Gourmet To Go.
TASTE gives a good first impression housed in a nicely refurbished space with exposed brick walls, and stunning regional art. The decor is well...tasteful.
TASTE features fresh hot pastries every morning, which include such delights as lemon squares with real lemon juice and flaky crust, brownies made with famous artisan chocolate and homemade crumpets. The specialty scratch cakes are tempting and since taste matters - there are no artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils used. TASTE specializes in healthy and fresh foods that are seasonal and often locally grown. In addition to the sweet, there's a savory side to TASTE. Soups, paninis, creative salads and daily quiches have us perplexed on what to try next. There’s grownup gourmet macaroni and cheese made with Gruyere, Pecarino and sharp cheddar cheeses. This ultimate comfort food will surely lure you back.
Transplanted from Southern California, Mother-Daughter, Jane and Hannah Heber choose Spokane not only live, but to set up shop in. After a corporate career with William and Sonoma, Hannah attended Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College and is a pastry chef who’s getting recognition from other chefs. Latah Creek Bistro chef David Blaine raved about Hannah Heber’s carrot cake with orange ginger cream cheese frosting on his sadly closed blog, The Back Kitchen. That one post was invitation enough to have me go in for a taste, which resulted in love at first bite, confirming many happy returns.
DOMA coffee is poured as well as well selected beer and wine, which includes neighbor, BariliCellars.
TASTE is open Mon - Fri 7a to 6p, Sat 8:30a to 2p, Closed Sundays. Check out the Taste Web Site for irresistible bites.