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Waffle bites, coffee create perfect morning pair at Quirk and Beans coffee shop

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Quirk and Beans' Waffle Bites.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – No doubt, the most important thing in the morning is a good, solid, delicious cup of coffee, but pair that cup with an indulgent treat like bite-sized waffles with grilled chicken and bacon cooked into the batter, and you have a morning that promises only delight.

Quirk and Beans, located at 109 NW 142nd Street in Edmond (formerly the site of Credo House Coffee House), is taking the traditional coffee bar concept to a new level. With an open spacious design full of soothing colors and local artwork, Quirk and Beans is now offering not only a full coffee bar selection, but brunch menu items as well.

But come hungry. These “bites” of waffles aren’t tiny. Neither is the Chunky Monkey waffle, an indulgent treat that tops a traditional Belgian waffle with peanut butter sauce, chocolate chips, sliced bananas, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

“I love feeding people,” said Kacia Koch, who opened Quirk and Beans with her husband Ryan on June 25. “I love breakfast food. I feel like in recent years, I’ve opened up to trying new things, but when we first started offering the menu items, it was a little intimidating. I like my food, and so do my friends, but would everyone else like it? We’ve had some great feedback from our samples we gave out. It’s encouraging.”

Koch and her husband began researching coffee shops in November of last year, and when she heard that Credo House was closing, she said they came by to take a look at the space.

“I thought at the very least they may have equipment we could buy, but we just fell in love with the space,” she said. “It’s a very beautiful space. We came in and put in new flooring and new walls. It’s just such a lovely, open space.”

With clean taupe-like walls, Quirk and Beans offers a cozy yet airy space with special touches like succulent plants and a massive bookcase surrounding an arched stone fireplace. Edmond artist Zonly Looman is featured on the walls with massive canvases of colorful Native American art and buffalos.

On one side of the building is the coffee shop. On the other side is the Illuminate Hair Lounge and Spa, also owned by Koch.

“Our dream was to open a coffee shop and salon, so this was perfect,” Koch said. “It goes together like peanut butter and jelly.”

Quirk and Beans sources its coffee from Hoboken Coffee in Guthrie and its tea from Urban Teahouse in Oklahoma City. And although Quirk and Beans has received rave reviews, location is a challenge sometimes. Set off the road just north of Memorial and Santa Fe, it can be easy to miss.

“Location is our biggest hurdle,” Koch said. “But, if people like the coffee shop, they will drive there no matter what. Coffee is so important to people. Also, there are so many little things with running a coffee shop that you have to do. But, if we continue to make great coffee and food, people come back.”

In addition to teas, chai lattes and Italian sodas, the coffee bar also serves a full range of coffee drinks. If this is your first visit, try the Waffle Bites or the homemade chicken salad, made with chicken breast, celery, grapes, almonds and craisins on Big Sky honey wheat.

Salads are also on the menu, including a chicken Caesar salad.

The coffee shop also offers live music most weeks on Friday or Saturday, featuring local musicians.

“I feel like our space is what really sets us apart,” Koch said. “We have plenty of room for students needing to study, professionals who need a nice place to work and big group meetings. We’d like to offer the space for holiday parties and events as well.”

Quirk and Beans is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Illuminate Salon is open by appointment only and is currently taking applications for stylists. For more information or to book appointments, call 405-361-3659.

Photos by Red Dirt Report's Heide Brandes.

Quirk and Beans Coffee Bar
109 NW 142nd St.
Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: (405) 775-0298
http://quirkandbeans.com/

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