346 Main Street, Montrose, 970/249-8444
Since 1987, the Daily Bread Bakery & Café has been a pillar of comforting breakfast and lunch goodness in downtown Montrose. First and foremost, it's a bakery, and on any given morning you’ll witness a steady stream of customers in search of a morning pastry fix.
From muffins to various breads to danishes to croissants to pies, there are plenty of quick, grab-and-go sweets in this eatery’s display case. The apple or cherry flip seem to be a local favorite. This crispy, fruit-filled pastry is large enough for two or three to share, but why not get your own? Too much of a good thing at the Daily Bread, you’ll be quick to find is, well, a good thing.
On a recent cool and rainy Thursday morning, the kitchen – it’s in full view, behind the pastry counter – was hustling to keep up with the busy breakfast crowd that eventually occupied nearly every table in the two dining room layout. The following Tuesday, at a much earlier hour, the dining room wasn’t as busy, but the kitchen remained just as busy with fresh loaves of bread being pulled out of an oven and standing mixers beating more dough-based specialties.
Breakfast is served all day at the Daily Bread, and there’s good reason for it. No matter if you are on the move and need a quick and light breakfast, or need a filling, country-style breakfast – the Daily Bread has it covered. It’s hard not to order the breakfast burrito ($9) filled with eggs, sausage, ham and potatoes. What makes this a gem is the Daily Bread’s green chili, which covers the burrito, along with melted cheese. Spicy, flavorful and addictive.
Homemade country sausage gravy can be smothered over a house-baked buttermilk biscuit with two eggs and hash browns ($9), or a breakfast can be smothered in a rich Hollandaise sauce if you order the Eggs Benedict ($9). If you're a breakfast traditionalist, go with the culinary cackleberries, made up of two eggs cooked to order; ham, bacon or sausage; crisp hash browns and toast.
The bakery’s cinnamon-swirl bread is egg-battered and grilled for its version of French Toast ($9); for those who are looking for an egg sandwich, a host of varieties are to be had, served atop an Egg-Marge Muffin or a breakfast croissant ($9).
Lunch at the Daily Bread features sandwiches made with slices of the bakery’s fresh baked breads, including whole wheat, sourdough, white and tiger-eye rye.
The grilled pulled pork sandwich ($8) is made of pork from the Daily Bread’s own farm, cooked with grilled onions, peppers, jack cheese and barbecue sauce. The rockin’ Reuben ($9) is made with the tiger-eye rye and spicy corned beef, while the garden delight ($9) is a sandwich packed with veggies (avocado, onions, cucumbers, mushrooms, sprouts, tomatoes) and cheese.
The Daily Bread’s whole wheat toast is suggested for its BLT that can be made California style (with avocado, $9) or Colorado style (without avocado, $8.50). Always check the special boards on your way in to see what the day’s soups are. More often than not, the soup is a must have. Be sure to check the board for daily specials, as well, which included recently a pork sandwich or a chicken salad stuffed avocado.
No visit to the restaurant, whether it’s breakfast or lunch, is complete without grabbing a loaf of bread to take home. Or, of course, any one of the sweet pastries gleaming in the display case.
VIBE: A mom-and-pop-owned eatery in the country complete with antique decorations, lively conversations, plenty of newspapers and warm, friendly service.
GET YOUR CAFFEINE FIX: Besides freshly brewed serve-yourself coffee, the Daily Bread has the equipment it takes to make up any specialty coffee drinks. A great coffee drink and a great breakfast can be found in one place.
Open Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Catering available