"Let's go now." I was doing the crossword and Peg was reading the Go section in The News Tribune. What prompted Peg's quick reaction was the review of Spilled Butter Desserts at 1312 North I St in North Tacoma. I had quickly scanned the article and noted the address before Peg joined me at the breakfast table. The name Spilled Butter Desserts seemed familiar . . . but then I love butter.
Peg read the name of the owner, Brianne Day and the descriptions of the cookies and pies and then she got to Sue Kidd's remark about Brianne baking at her mom's place, Picasso Catering. Her mom, Debbie Nozawa had mentioned Spilled Butter Desserts in one of our meetings with her. We are marketing Picasso Catering, and Debbie is hosting our 50th Wedding Anniversary Party at Picasso Catering. It was when Peg saw Debbie's name she said, "Let's go now." It was 11:45.
Still wearing part of my jammies we rushed out to the car. 1312 North I, is just around the corner from where we used to live on the gulch at North Fife and a hundred yards from Lowell Elementary where all three of our kids went to Kindergarten and two blocks from St. Patrick's Church. All three went to St. Patrick's School as well. It's a wonderful neighborhood. Spilled Butter Desserts is just outside Dave's Meat & Produce. Actually, just a few feet away.
We introduced ourselves and then bought a couple shortbread cookies, a chocolate-raspberry cake, a brownie, and two pieces of pie. The cookies never made it home. The cake was to become a late night snack.
Back home we immediately ate one piece of pie. It's Brianne's version of Crack Pie. It's got an oatmeal crust and the center is not unlike a Karo Syrup pecan pie, but much more dense. Sweet and salty are two of my favorite tastes. Add nuts and butter and I'm in line. Slices of heaven are only $3.25 every day.
Spilled Butter opens from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturday. We're going to have to make it there for a breakfast of burritos and quiche. On Friday and Saturday gluten-free selections are offered. There's not much display room. There are four or five glass jars on the counter offering chocolate covered moon pies and cream-filled, chocolate covered treats that sure look like Ding Dongs.
The shortbread cookies (one with a lemon frosting and the other a built-in raspberry swirl) for the drive home were excellent. I could have had a second bite of the lemon shortbread. Peg offered, but I could see her lip curling, so I said, "No thank you."
Spilled Butter Dessertsare one of those places that win the hearts of tourists . . . one of those unexpected treasures that only the locals know about and visitors search for.