In the lighted glass bakery case under drop lights in a historic, renovated building in the Vista, everything looks good – and all is tasty as well.
Made-from-scratch bread loaves warm on a heart pine countertop, scones with fresh fruits and such add-ins as Matcha (an organic high quality green tea superfood) entice in glass domes, and fresh-ground coffee smells waft from ceramic cups. Green Arabica coffee beans are roasted and ground on-site.
There are signature coffee beverages from early morning until late at night. Some drinks are seasonal, such as the lavender vanilla latte, but a popular staple is the Horchata Macchiato, which includes almond milk, vanilla syrup, spiced caramel, and espresso. Coffee syrups are made in-house.
There are traditionally baked cakes, doughnuts, cookies, muffins, waffles, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, biscotti, and scones – but also gluten-free and vegan varieties. Much of the flour is locally milled, and fruit and vegetables are acquired locally when possible.
Items are unique: blueberry white chocolate scones, sugar-beaded golden lavender cake with Italian buttercream frosting, and no-bake ooey-gooey cookies with oats, chocolate, and peanut better.
An all-day breakfast and anytime coffee and pick-me-up spot, The Wired Goat is now open for lunch. The lunch menu includes distinct salads and sandwiches, as well as vegetarian options.
How did The Wired Goat get its start?
Jessamine Stone and husband, Steven Grigsby, both knowledgeable about the coffee industry, opened The Wired Goat in Chapin two years ago. Its success led them to open another location a few months ago in a refreshed historic area down a quaint alley just off Gervais Street in the Vista.
Future plans are for the site to provide a sophisticated yet casual beer and wine bar downstairs with small plates; this will be available to customers by spring at the latest, according to the owners.
What does the place look like?
The two-story building with heart pine floors, rough-hewn columns, brick walls, and an exposed ceiling was most recently part of an antique mall. In the 1920s, the building was a deli.
Contemporary airplane propeller-style fans and for-sale art provide a modern touch.
Who eats here?
The Wired Goat is becoming a gathering spot for everyone, from university students to professors to executives to moms.
The Wired Goat
WHERE: 709 Gervais St. in the Vista (original location at 908 Chapin Road, Chapin)
HOURS: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PRICES: From $2.25 for a scone to around $4.75 for a slice of cake; lunch and breakfast sandwiches and salads vary depending on ingredients.
INFO: (803) 851-0990; Facebook