- Griffin Swartzell
Marc and Elary Johnson opened their second Pikes Perk location in September 2018, brewing coffee made from the same beans roasted by former owner Rick Roehrman that they use at their North Academy Boulevard location.
My dining companion, being not so much a fan of strong coffee drinks, orders a mocha, which predictably buries the coffee notes under milk and cocoa. I try a nitro cold brew, on tap, served in a pint jar. It sips as a smooth, mild brew that bears neither harsher dark-roast notes nor fruity acidity.
We seek to pair our drinks with some local baked goods, and our barista points us to the peanut bars, one of only two house-made treats. They’re sort of the child of a granola bar and a Rice Krispies treat, full of raisins, puffed rice, oats, almonds and walnuts, sweet but not so sweet as to feel like tooth decay. We also get a respectable slice of quiche with cheese, mushrooms, broccoli and bell pepper, which our barista is pretty sure came from Oliver’s Deli.