Joe and I live in LoHi, or the Lower Highlands for any non-Denverites, and we're both pretty obsessed with our neighborhood. We've been here for about six months and we still can't get over the proximity between our apartment and some of the best restaurants in the city. Enter The Bindery which is, delightfully, a stones throw from our front door.
The Bindery's chef/owner is Linda Hampsten Fox, a woman who has lived a life straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie. She ran culinary tours from a small farm in Tuscany with a vineyard and olive trees, taking clients to meet vintners, restaurant owners and art historians; she worked as a private chef for Dave Matthews and she opened a cooking school in Mexico. Now in Colorado, rather than slowing down after nearly thirty years of intense work, she’s pouring a lifetime of experiences into The Bindery, her very first restaurant, which she opened last fall.
Let me start by saying that the space itself is impressive—a bright, high-ceilinged, modern space, with walls of windows as well as a wall of wine bottles accessed by a steel library ladder. The surfaces are a mix of stone, concrete, tile work and steel. The austere setting coupled with the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries is fantastic.
Now, I have to be honest. I don't love The Bindery for dinner. The couple of times that I've been, I thought it tried a little too hard and just kind of missed the mark. But for brunch or their cafe-style breakfast? 100 times yes. I stop in way too frequently on my way to work in the morning for a blueberry scone, espresso, pressed juice or a breakfast sandwich.
Over the weekend, this is truly one of the best brunches in the city. The menu highlights elegantly composed dishes that range from delicate anise beignets with maple syrup and berries in cream to savory options like open-faced croque madames on sourdough or creamy, roe-topped soft scrambled eggs on rye with a side of pastrami-cured salmon. It's fancy, girl.
The next time you're in LoHi, pop on over to The Bindery and maybe I'll run into you. You won't be disappointed.