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A tiger (butter cookie) in The Roost 

click to enlarge The Roost makes a strong case for treating Till like a regular coffee shop stop. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The Roost makes a strong case for treating Till like a regular coffee shop stop.

The Roost at Till
9633 Prominent Point, 282-8004, tillkitchen.com/the-roost

Many guests might think of Till first for its lunch, dinner and brunch offerings, but past the retail market on the behemoth building’s north end, The Roost makes a strong case for treating Till like a regular coffee shop stop. Their bakery produces some of the best pastries in the city, too, so naturally a little sugar’s gonna find its way into your system one way or the other here, if product allure has its way with your senses.

I decide on a tiger butter cookie sandwich, which, unlike the popular fudge method that roughly results in a tiger fur patterning of swirled ingredients, bears no stripes, just a couple darker cacao veins in the dough. Instead, two crunchy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a rich, thick peanut butter and white chocolate filling, neatly shaped and cut out into a pretty perfect disk. Nothing not to love here. I devour mine with a small sea salt caramel vanilla latte, ordered and delivered semi sweet, so as not to cloy, but the still notable caramel latches on to the peanut butter and chocolate essences from my cookie, with the salt enhancing all sweetness by a touch.

There’s too much flavor clutter to pretend I can detect any nuances to the Hold Fast Coffee Co. Rock Solid espresso roast, which blends Ethiopian and Costa Rican beans, but reading its label on a retail shelf, I’m sure the dark chocolate tasting notes described have something to do with the overall delightful flavor harmony. 

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