The paper came down off the windows right before Thanksgiving, and on Friday, Peaks Frozen Custard opened in Roosevelt. This is the real stuff, you guys, just like Kopp’s back in Wisconsin. In fact, Peaks is run by folks from Wisconsin, and their custard machine is from the dairy state, too. Theresa Blaser, one of the owners, explained to us how they make it in small batches several times a day so that customers can get it as fresh as possible. That’s when the custard tastes best.
They offer three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and a flavor of the day – today’s was cookies ‘n cream, and Sunday’s was egg nog. The vanilla is pure vanilla goodness, and their proprietary chocolate custard is rich and perfectly chocolaty. Served up in a waffle cone, waffle dish, or compostable dish with compostable spoon, you can eat it plain or with any of their long list of toppings (that’s marshmallow on chocolate above). Um-yum.
If that’s not enough to convince you to eat frozen custard on a cold winter day, I don’t know what is. Well, I was actually wondering, how is a new custard place going to hold their own in a floundering economy in the middle of winter in gray Seattle? They’ve got this figured out, too. They’re really a coffee house in disguise, using coffee to lure you in to the custard temptations. This neighborhood has a dearth of good independent coffee places. There’s Bus Stop, which is well, meh, the usually burnt coffee at Whole Foods across the street, or the Starbucks above that. Starbucks is about the only place with comfy chairs where you can kick back, though, so that leaves no options for independent coffee. Peaks is kicking up the competition, with Lighthouse coffee, a roaster out of Fremont that we love. Not only that, but they’ve got comfy chairs and a fireplace to boot. I expected a sterile fluorescent place, probably because it’s in a new condo building, and was pleasantly surprised when I walked in. They’ve even got a kids nook, complete with wooden rocking horse and storybooks.
To top it all off, Theresa bakes an assortment of pastries daily. She gets in at 5am to make cupcakes, quiche, cookies, bundt cake, brownies, and more. We detoured past there this morning on our walk to the park and ride, and were impressed with her sherry nutmeg bundt cake which was served right out of the oven. Above, that’s our fellow vanpooler, Ben, who we ran into inside, enjoying his own slice before we all headed off to work.
Peaks Frozen Custard
1026 NE 65th Street, Seattle