Seven or so years ago I'd quit drinking coffee, I was a semi vegetarian ( no red meat or chicken) and chocolate had absolutely no appeal.
So what happened? Well, I'm almost 50 years old, tastes change, and that "screw it all" attitude becomes more assertive.
Now I'm addicted to espresso, mostly roasting my own beans. Nothing satisfies quite like dark chocolate, and while I could be a vegetarian, I'd make an exception for RIBS!
Which is where this is all going:
Places worth noting:
Green Fresh Market 675 Rainier South, Renton, the Whole Foodsish type place, has an enormous variety of chocolate, and carries the Hatchez brand , perceived by some to be the world's best. It's made in Germany from Ecuadorian chocolate. My favorite is a 77% cocoa content chocolate with peanuts, and it's insanely good.
Maybe not the best espresso in town, but Vince's Coffee, 401 Olympia Ave NE, 425-271-8820 across the street from Greenwood Cemetary amd Jimi Hendrix's grave, serves consistently good Caffe D'Arte coffee and free use of vibrating massage chairs.
Gabby's Que at 12621 Renton Ave in beautiful downtown Skyway, 206-772-6110 , continues to serve much better than average BBQ Alabama style, with mustardy spicy cole slaw. Take Out only, or eat standing up.
Last but not least, the Best Damn Sports Bar, 12833 Martin Luther King Way S. (near the entrance to I-5 Northbound) now serves BBQ ribs, chicken and brisket, along with other bar foods, and karaoke. The place is a friendly dive, and the BBQ is much better than average . The collard greens are exceptional.