Sunday, January 9, 2011

CHAPS Coffee Company featuring CAKE


Who says you can't go home ?
Well, not Celeste Shaw who created Chaps Cafe as an tribute to her heritage. Shaw grew up as a farm girl in Montana prior to converting a turn-of-the-century farmhouse into a down home cafe that is nothing less than delightful. Her inspiration was her two grandmothers, to whom comfort foods meant home.
Colorful cowboy gear and an eclectic decor make you feel like this is where you belong even if you're a city slicker. But it's the home-on-the-range cooking that will have you back for more.

The recommendation is to go for breakfast and be sure to have the locally roasted Bumpercrop coffee. This isn't your pretentious gourmet restaurant, but let's be honest, it's what you'd rather have anyway.

So let out a Yeehaw and kick up your heels. Chaps is a restaurant styled in western and cowboy themes the right way. We're talking an old farmhouse redone to accommodate diners, real leather chaps hanging on the wall,  cool yet random items peppered throughout - none of that faux western cowboy (aka tight Wranglers, big belt buckles and country twang).

The atmosphere is great, but the experience is kicked up a notch when you see the menu. Chaps specializes in comfort food.

Groovy interiors and downright delicious food are only part of puzzle; the final piece clicks into place when you meet Celeste, the owner and brains and beauty behind this restaurant, who has fulfilled her life's dream by opening Chaps. Her heart is so big that 8 out of 9 customers are met with a sincere, soul-crunching hug by Celeste, who not only knows but really cares about all the customers. What about those 1 out of 9 that don't get the hug? She just hasn't met them yet, but not to worry, they'll be regulars soon enough.

Chaps has a newly opened bakery expansion called, Cake, which is headed up by her friend Gina, formally of the delicious Bittersweet Bakery. After all you may want to try a decadent pastry to start the day off sweetly or finish the evening with the proper indulgence of a blissful bakery item. 

Chaps/Cake is located at 4237 South Cheney-Spokane Road Spokane, Wash I-90 west to exit 279 south approx 2.5 miles in the Latah shopping plaza 509 624-4148
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