Monday, July 24, 2017

Spiro Coffee

Spiro Coffee was a coffee shop in the Tenderloin, right along Van Ness Ave.  I used to walk by it frequently, and finally stopped in a few times to try their baked goods, many of which were baked in house.

The location was large, service was efficient, coffee good, and the staff quite friendly.  Sadly, it has since closed.

Seating.
Not that the neighborhood is one where you'd necessarily want to sit on the sidewalk, but, they had indoor seating only.  Simple wooden tables and chairs.


Bright and airy inside though, large windows, tables not crammed in.
Drink Menu.
Drink offerings include standard espresso drinks (hot and iced), drip or pour over coffee, chai, smoothies, and even some "Special Lattes" with flavors like raspberry cheesecake.  Coffee and espresso come from Sightglass Coffee.

I had a decaf once, and remember thinking it was good.
Baked Goods: Biscuits, Muffins, Cookies, Scones, Danishes, Croissants.
The first display case contained breakfast standard baked goods.

Some baked goods are made in-house (biscuits, muffins, cookies), and others come from Bakers of Paris (croissants, danishes, morning buns).

Bakers of Paris is wholesale bakery, you can find their stuff at Whole Foods and Safeway too.  None of the Bakers of Paris items looked very appealing, besides the scones, but I think that is just because I have a strange thing for mass produced scones, but zero tolerance for lackluster puff pastry.
Baked Goods: Gluten Free Offerings, Breakfast Sandwiches.
The section section of the case contained more "dessert" style items, like bread pudding and flan (both house made), and breakfast sandwiches.

The top shelf was all gluten free, really an impressive selection, with assorted cakes from Flour Chylde Bakery and cookies from Wholesome Bakery.
Bacon & Brie Savory Biscuit. $2.75.
On my first visit, I wanted a house made item, so I went for a biscuit because the muffin really wasn't calling out to me.  My choices were Parmesan and Chives or Bacon and Brie.  As if that is a question!  Brie!

I was happy when the server asked if I'd like it warmed up.  Of course!  Such a nice touch.

The biscuit was ... ok.  It had a slight tang and decent crumb.  I didn't really taste a lot of bacon, and I found absolutely no brie, nor essence of brie, anywhere.  It was more oily than I'd like.

And ... as for being warm, the outside was slightly warm, but the inside was still stone cold.  I appreciated the touch of warming it up, but I think it was even worse in its half-warm half-cold form than if I'd just had it not warmed up at all.

$2.75 price was fine, but I won't be getting another one of these.
Bakers of Paris Maple Walnut Scone. $3.
On my next visit, I went for the scone.  I couldn't resist.

This was a pretty boring scone.  It looked so promising, with the glaze on top!

The base was rather cakey, not crumbly like I expected the scone to be.  It didn't have much flavor nor tang to it.  A bit dried out and almost burnt on top.  Inside were a few token bits of walnut, nice for crunch, but there weren't many of them.  The glaze on top was sweet and subtly maple-y, but wasn't enough to save it.

I just wanted this to be ... more.  Wouldn't get again.
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