It is certainly no secret to anyone who knows me, reads my blog, or follows me on Facebook or Twitter, that Im a foodie at heart and will go to great lengths to try new restaurants, dishes or types of cuisine I’ve not previously experienced. All of that having been said I have a HUGE food crush on a little gem hidden in Gilbert, Arizona at a place called Agritopia, I’m speaking of course of “The Coffee Shop.”
With such a simple name you would be tempted to assume this was a mere coffee shop slinging run of the mill or even above average coffee drinks and you would be WRONG. While The Coffee Shop does in fact serve up coffee drinks as expected, it is not caffeine which drew me in or keeps me going back.
Lets begin with how I found them and what has brought me to today. A few weeks ago Joe’s Farm Grill was having their 5th Annual customer appreciation day (they served in the neighborhood of 4000 free cheeseburgers but more on that later) and trusty pal Mikey and I dropped in to have a burger and fries. As we were leaving, I decided I wanted to stop by The Coffee Shop (which is on the same parcel of land) to see what It was all about.
Upon walking inside, the salivation began. There, arranged before me was just about the most mouthwatering display of cupcakes and whoopie pies I have ever seen. The first thing that caught my eye were the Coconut creme whoopie pies, seemingly very plain but with the promise of greatness if done well…and they were!
These Coconut creme whoopies are just about the best things I have ever eaten (and Ive eaten a LOT). Unlike many of the whoopie wannabe’s I’ve eaten in the past, the pastry chef here achieved the perfect balance of sweetness, moisture and density with the most pleasant, light crunchy outer texture. So flavorful was the shell that I was almost taken aback by the creme filling that was obviously made with absolute care and devotion to the craft. Simply incredible (I feel like there should be a new Food Network show called “Whoopie Pie Wars!”)
On to the next bit of tastiness in the form of a tray lined with cupcakes whose sign read “Chocolate chip cookie dough,’ YES please. They looked simple, well decorated but not overdone and I was keen to try one. No flaccid, tasteless frosting here, there’s butter creme on that there cupcake. Sprinkled with chocolate chips and what looks like chocolate Disco dust was the best tasting buttercream I can remember having eaten. They’ve somehow been able to create the essence of cookie dough in cake form, a bit of gooeyness, great flavor and yes, i’d eat a whole bag of them.
The PB&J cupcake found its way into my mouth next and took me back to my Grandmothers kitchen with her homemade bread, peanut butter and preserves only BETTER (sorry Grandma), it was deliciously dense, the peanut butter buttercream (say that 5 times really fast) was sweet, creamy and perfectly accompanied but a little dab of jelly on top (along with a generous squirt in the middle of the cupcake.) I highly recommend this one.
I did grab a few other cupcakes before lapsing into a sugar induced coma including cake batter, coconut and a strawberry one I got pictures of and ate but whose clever name I cannot remember (terrible journalist…oh, wait, as a Blogger I admire recently wrote, I’m not a “professional journalist!”). Everything i’ve had so far has caused me to make the 40 mile trek from home to The Coffee Shop for a treat I just can’t find anywhere else in the Valley. If you desire a creative, perfectly made treat, get into your car and make the trip from wherever you might be to THe Coffee Shop at Agritopia.
Check out the Chefs responsible for the creations I’ve mentioned and more on their recent winning episode of Cupcake Wars on the Television Food Network.