Tricera Coffee is the the brainchild of Robbie Dietrich, one of the minds behind Charleston Cup Coffee. He and his wife run this cozy little George St coffee shop that caters mostly to CofC students and the occasional tourist. I asked about the dinosaur theme -- “were you obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid?” -- and Robbie said it was a joke of an idea he and his sister had while coming up with names for the coffee business. He didn't start collecting the triceratops paraphernalia until after they decided on the name (which they picked because “although it's short for ‘triceratops,’ to the unsuspecting passerby, it could be something mysterious and Italian”).
Once school starts back up again, Tricera will re-introduce its Friday & Saturday late-night menu, featuring delicious options like the loaded magma fries, the midnight breakfast sandwich, and a kale & cheese griller (if you want to splurge but also be healthy). But the shining star is the donut burger: two grilled Krispy Kreme donuts, 100% fern-fed Triceratops meat (aka grass-fed beef), American cheese, and blackberry-red wine reduction. Full disclosure: I added bacon to mine, because why not?
Though it's just been nixed from the menu just for the summer (probably to make sure we keep a wee bit of our figures), Robbie was kind enough to grill one up for me. Here's my thought process during the entire life-altering experience: