Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe: Please Feed Us!
The four-shot latte at Cartel is simply fabulous, though they practically had to peel us off the ceiling by the end of our confab, we were so caffeinated. Part of that is due to the fact that, while the coffee at Cartel is to die for, you'll likely die of starvation if you count on the place to feed you.
We purchased the one and only food item offered at Cartel -- the $3.50 Sweet Salvation "handcrafted food bar."
From a health standpoint, the thing's packed with good stuff: oats, almonds, honey, seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax), olive oil and sea salt. But we won't calculate the Weight Watchers points, considering the 19 grams of fat. Ouch!
The first bite didn't go down so easily (comparisons to birdseed bells were inevitable) but we have to admit that after a few minutes the thing was almost gone, and we were craving more.
Still, as Mr. Forking commented, a cinnamon roll would be nice. Or the toffee Michele Laudig encountered last week at Urban Beans. Maybe a banana or an apple?
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Phoenix dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.