There are several cool things about Boots Bakery. They are housed in the historic Longbotham Building, which was built in 1909. Inside, exposed brick gives the bakery a rugged warmth. During renovations when pulling down plaster, an advertisement for Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco was found painted on a wall, beautiful preserved. Local artists helped decorate the space, adding paintings and personal touches to all of the booths.
Check out this post from Feasting at Home which features some gorgeous interior photographs and shares the owner’s recipe for the macaroni and cheese.
Let’s talk about the food!
Boots is completely vegan, mostly gluten-free and their soy and corn is non-GMO. Each day the menu is based on what food is available, which is brought in by local farmers daily. Between all of the main dishes, there are also many pastries, cupcakes, cookies and muffins. They list their menu each day on their Facebook page.
Their coffee comes from Roast House (in Spokane), DOMA (from Post Falls) and Evans Brothers (from Sandpoint) – all which use organic, sustainable, Fair Trade, shade-grown beans. Boots even has their own blend made by Roast House. Add in your choice of milks, maybe some of their homemade chocolate sauce, or even something a bit more adult.
That’s right. They also offer booze! It’s an extensive list of well-crafted drinks, using fresh juice, homemade mixes and good alcohol.
So what did we eat?
I had a hard time choosing. I wanted one of everything but I didn’t want to be THAT chick so…I decided on the two entrée deal, picking Sausage Hash and Alison’s Breakfast. And I also got the Chocolate Banana Swirl Coffee Cake. I couldn’t resist. It was all so delicious, especially the Sausage Hash. I probably could have eaten a huge plate of it.
Shelloy got the Macaroni and Cheese. Now, I have to preface this and tell you that Shelloy loves her mac n cheese. She gets it at restaurants, she eats it for dinner often….she loves it. She’s never had to worry about watching what she eats and until recently, hasn’t wanted to. I was curious how she would like a vegan dish. She says that while it wasn’t horrible, there was a sweet flavor to it that was a bit off-putting for her. Now, I’ve never myself had nutritional yeast but that would be my guess to what the flavor was. I was too engrossed in my food to even take a bite of hers. Shelloy doesn’t think she would go back to order food…but drinks, definitely.
The friends we went with, Becca and Melissa, frequent Boots quite a bit. Melissa and I both ordered the same thing but Becca got a thing of wonder – the Pumpkin Waffle with Chai Spiced Butter.
It was delicious and when I tell you it was delicious, what I really mean is that it was GLORIOUS! She’s told me about this waffle before but I really have no idea why I didn’t order it. I did get a couple of bites and my heart was happy. When we go back, I will most definitely be getting it.
So would we go back?
For me, yes! The atmosphere is laid back and interesting. The food is good and with either coffee or cocktails, Boots Bakery is a great place to meet friends or spend a special night with your date.
Boots Bakery & Lounge is open every morning at 6am.