That may sound strange but let me explain. The sun streamed through the windows as I was seated at my table at Gaia Bistro. Gaia Bistro for those us not “in the know” is tucked into a little house on South Pearl Street in Denver. Currently, the bistro is open for breakfast and lunch. Back yard greenhouses operate throughout the summer and ensure that all produce; herbs and spices are organically and very locally grown. Both the owners and Chef Drew Middleton believe in farming their own produce, using Colorado natural beef, free range chicken, Colorado lamb, pork, eggs and dairy.
As I poured my French press coffee and bit into cinnamon coffee cake (baked fresh every day) I eavesdropped on the tables around me. There was a couple, probably on their first “after I spent the night” date having breakfast and getting to know each other better. As they chatted at length about movies they had each seen, they stopped for a moment over their breakfast. “This is really good”, said the woman. “It’s better than Denny’s” chimed in her companion.
I ordered the baked eggs, a recommendation from the foodie I was breakfasting with. She was right on. The eggs were perfectly cooked, spicy from the homemade pico and tangy from the goat cheese. I dug in and I agreed most definitely with the table I was eavesdropping on. It is better than Denny’s .
Check out Gaia Bistro at www.gaiabistro.com, and Lori Midson’s, (Cafe Society Editor at Westword), Chef and Tell interview with Chef Drew Middleton at http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2010/02./chef_and_tell_with_drew_middle.php.