Review: Okay Yeah in the Plant Shoppe
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I feel it is my duty to warn you ahead of time, this will be a love letter to this establishment. The Plant Shoppe is already one of our favorite local businesses. So adding a coffee shop to an area that lacked one, well lets just say it was a smart choice, but not necessarily an easy task. There are so many coffee shops that have done an amazing job at creating spaces that people love to be in. There are even coffee shops that have become an office to people who choose not to rent office space.
Let me start by saying that Okay Yeah does not look like those coffee shops. It also has a range of amazing smells that will set your brain in a spin. A great spin, but a spin. There are hints of coffee, baking crusts and the freshness of the plants that surround you while you order. It needs to be understood that this is a duel business. You can grab a coffee and a freshly baked hand tart. Then you can purchase a new plant for your home or office. This is very rare in the city and especially in the district.
I don’t want to write about the coffee. The coffee is really good, that is all you need to know about it. I want to praise them on their branding and presentation. They worked with local artists to create a space anyone would love spending hours in. From the wooden tables, to the painted signage throughout. The coffee cups and the place mats they put in their silver food trays are all branded. Branded with simple fonts and simple colors. This is key for a generation that has so much technology shoved in their faces all day long. It is a calming way to get their brand in your mind. Without bombarding you with propaganda.
With that out of the way lets dive into the food. If you like pop tarts you will love the look of the food, but let me warn you, you may not love pop tarts after indulging yourself with their hand tarts. They are so good they make pop tarts taste like cardboard. They are also very interesting. I just finished eating their jalapeño cactus standard hand tart and it was everything I didn’t think it was going to be. I have never eaten cactus, but I do own one and didn’t think it could be appetizing. This hand tart however, is surprisingly appetizing. It has hints of three cheeses and gives the savory palate many flavors to enjoy, with a little kick of heat.
If your palate is more on the sweet side, then you should start with the sweet potato standard hand tart. Yes, it is like having pumpkin pie on the day after Thanksgiving in the morning for breakfast. What, you don’t eat pumpkin pie for breakfast? Maybe it is only me. Anyways, they top this sweet potato standard hand tart with melted marshmallows. It is not overly flavored with sugar. It is just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy that single tooth everyone seems to talk about. The hand tarts are the major reason people will find themselves coming back for seconds. Like The Plant Shoppe, it is a unique idea that can be changed in many different ways for many types of consumers.
You can’t praise the hand tarts without praising the one who makes them! Elizabeth Davis-Macias, pastry chef at Okay Yeah and owner of Güdbytes, has worked hard with the rest of the staff to find the perfect flavors for the standard hand tarts. Next up will be Signature hand tarts that consist of an opened face crust with delicious ingredients on top. They will also do a few specials per week. That means you will likely be able to try a new tart every week! The buzzer just went off and that means I am out of tart comments I am aloud to use. Don’t get caught “Tarting” around and get your butt over to Okay Yeah!