The Wired Goat Vista, Columbia, SC
709 Gervais St, Columbia, SC, 29201
I listened to Barry Schwarz's TED talk 'The Paradox of Choice', then read the book and it changed my life. You know in that Marie Kondo kind of way? He nowhere says this in his book; however, one of my biggest take-aways is this belief that when you go to a restaurant with someone and order food, one of the two people is going to win. Someone's food is going to be better than the other. Debate me if you like, but in my mind, there is no such thing as a food tie. For this reason, under the advice of my college Economics professor, I normally order the exact same thing as my husband.
On this visit to The Wired Goat, I departed from the norm and ordered something different than my friend Alannah. Spoiler: she won. Now... my Pear of Goats salad was still yummy and I would give it a thumbs up, but her Fruit Bowl and Power Bowl took first place. I mean, just look at them! The baby quinoa salad is the cutest side I've even seen.
BUT WAIT. BACK TO COFFEE.
I got you. Check out the coffee bar. All the right stuff: lots of yummy baked goods, freshly roasted beans, exposed wooden beams, red brick walls and unique latte options.
Grown globally, roasted locally.
The Wired Goat has made a name for itself in its sourcing. Instead of sourcing ingredients at lowest common denominator for cost, they use local ingrediants. For all you local foodies out there, this could be your dig.
Their coffee game is very similar. Their beans are imported globally but small-batch roasting is done on the spot and the special latte options are brought to you with curated, home-made syrups.
Lattes I've heard ravings about:
Tumeric Saffron Latte
Lavender Vanilla Latte
French Toast Latte
This particular brunch time, I was feeling a post-meal black coffee. Clean and simple. I took my red mug a tour of the downstairs and look what I found.
Doesn't this place just make you want to host a book group?
And now, I leave you with my favorite part of the coffee shop: this purply pink velvet couch (below). I was tempted to ask the girl studying if she could just disappear for my photo real quick, but I recovered my better senses and decided to just snap the photo with her in it.
**WARNING: The Wired Goat is not necessarily easy to find; it's at the end of an alley way. Have faith; there's a sign on the alley to help you out!***